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!
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
(Images: Maxwell Ryan)