A Visit To Terence Conran’s Old Apartment

published Sep 23, 2013
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Conran’s apartment has decks off of both sides. This one faces south and has lovely big rattan chairs (Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

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:

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 (Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
The main living room is here on the south side of this upstairs room. Deck with chairs and awning is to the left. (Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
Conran’s design elements are (Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
Kitchens have always been the center of Conran’s homes and this one is no exception. Industrial and open to the whole space (Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
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 (Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
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 (Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

(Images: Maxwell Ryan)