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Sebastian Conran

Sebastian Conran

  • Sebastian Conran Associates2 Munden StreetLondon W14 0RHTelephone +44 (0)20 7036 0636studio@sebastianconran.comSebastian Conran Associates New York20 Jay StreetSuite 502Brooklyn, NY 11201Telephone +1 347.457.5670Sebastian Conran Associates ShanghaiBlock B12000 Yishan RoadShanghai 201103China
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As creative principal Sebastian always takes a hands-on, down-to-earth approach to all the studio's projects. He is intimately involved in all design aspects during the innovation journey, sharing his wealth of experience and manufacturing expertise with the design team, however big or small the project. His design teams have received many awards for design & innovation, as well as being granted dozens of patents in various fields.

 

From stacking shelves at Habitat in his teens to running Studio Conran, Sebastian's life has been focused on understanding how things are made, sold, and used, as well as designing innovative, stylish & satisfying products. He has seen many thousands of successful & enduring products through from concept to consumer. Whether for John Lewis or Virgin Atlantic, Nigella or Nissan, to the many other industry leading clients across the globe that he has worked with during his career.

 

After leaving Bryanston school with A levels in Maths, Physics & Chemistry, Sebastian studied Industrial Design Engineering at Central St. Martins; where as Union treasurer he gave the Sex Pistols their first booking, and designed the record sleeves, posters, and clothing for The Clash.

 

1978: joined corporate identity consultancy Wolff Olins, taking creative responsibility for key accounts such as Shell and Pilkington.

1981: led hard-merchandise design at Mothercare - a role that transformed the appearance and performance of childcare equipment.

1986: started product design studio, Sebastian Conran Associates.

1991: formed furniture design & manufacturing studio/workshops with Tom Dixon

1999: SCA merged with the Conran group where Sebastian was responsible for all product and branding design.

2009: Sebastian Conran Associates is re-established in purpose built studio workshops in Kensington

 

He has taught furniture design at the Royal College of Art; lectures frequently; judges many international design awards [Audi, D&AD, Design Week, Dyson, Red Dot, RSA, etc.]; and has written several books, articles and papers on design.