Content by Terence Conran

February 5, 2014

Merci Paris!

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Last week Paris played host to Maison et Objet, one of the biggest events in the design calendar. Held every six months, Maison is a celebration of everything that’s hot in homewares and product design. This time, there was once more a healthy Conran presence: Content by Conran returned to the show’s prestigious Hall 8, home of the very coolest contemporary design firms.

Holly-Anne Rolfe, Brand Development Manager for the Conran Licensing team, has kindly sent a report from the trenches.

This year we wanted the Content stand to have a really relaxed, easy living feel, very much in the style of Terence’s home. Terence himself loomed large over the space, in three striking floor-to-ceiling canvas panels each representing a different era in his design history: as a young man in the 1950s, showing off his first design; as the canny businessman at the helm of Habitat, and finally, as the world-renowned designer, restaurateur and retailer we see today.

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We wanted to inject a real sense of softness into this stand so we teamed up with the lovely people at Urbanara, using their beautiful herringbone, alpaca and cashmere throws, and a gorgeous selection of rugs, to give a homely feel.

Alongside some of our bestselling pieces including the Mica side tables, Aspen sofa, Matador armchair and Wave sideboard were two new additions to the range: the Studio sofa with chaise (which I can attest is ridiculously comfortable!) and the brand new Pelham cabinet range – a deceptively simple storage piece made from contrast wood finishes which comes with loose inner boxes that can be moved around into different positions within the larger frame for a really flexible, unique display and storage solution.

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As for the hottest trend at the show – geometrics! These were to be found everywhere, from throws and cushions to furniture design to Flux fine bone china. We’re in for an exciting season ahead.

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So there you have it. Au revoir for another season, Maison – we’ll be back!


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