A Visit To Terence Conran's Old Apartment

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Conran's apartment has decks off of both sides. This one faces south and has lovely big rattan chairs, many potted plants and a huge nautical awning.
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During my travels in England and France this month, I was very nicely invited by Terence Conran's team to meet them all and see their offices at Shad Thames as well as Terence Conran's old apartment on top. This part of London was largely re-developed with Conran's help in the early 90's, and he moved all of his offices here at the same time. He lived here as well until recently. Here's a little eye candy for you!

Conran's apartment is a two story home at the top of the 22 Shad Thames office building. You enter into the downstairs, which housed his master bedroom, office and maid's quarters and the staircase up to the second floor is punctured with sunlight from up above.

The upstairs is the public space with kitchen, living room and dining room. On either side is an outside deck, one with seating and the other with a large greenhouse that allows for a year round kitchen garden. While the downstairs has largely been taken over by Conran offices, the upstairs feels as spacious and personal as it ever must have and is a lovely place to gather. For a relatively small apartment, the whole thing feels very luxurious, open and spacious. Kudos to Conran for a great design.

Thank you to Jill Webb, Kris Manalo, Samuel Palin and the Conran team for the visit!

Good Links:

Conran.com
WeAreConran.com the Conran blog where you can keep up with what's going on there
Terence Conran on Wikipedia
Shad Thames area on map
The approach to 22 Shad Thames is down this wonderful old street which is called Butler's Wharf. All of these buildings were part of the regeneration of the area
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The main living room is here on the south side of this upstairs room. Deck with chairs and awning is to the left.
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Conran's design elements are, and always have been, a great global mix, with strong flavors of the Continent, Africa and Asia. The mix, while old by now, still feels very up to date and classic.
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Kitchens have always been the center of Conran's homes and this one is no exception. Industrial and open to the whole space, it acts as both a heavy duty cooking laboratory and a place to gather.
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The greenhouse is right off the kitchen and is in low maintenance mode now. One can easily imagine bumper crops of herbs and vegetables within easy reach at one time, even without much help from the English sun.
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Conran's dining room table is long but cozy and we sat here for over an hour having tea and hearing the whole story. The chairs, Eames Wire chairs with white leather "bikini", was astonishingly comfortable. I made a mental note for the future.
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(Images: Maxwell Ryan)

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.