About
 
Conran and Partners is driven by a strong and unwavering belief that great design improves the quality of people's lives.

Through our work as a collaborative design studio, we are singularly focused on creating spaces that are a joy to be in, evoking a welcoming sense of place where communities can thrive.
 
Conran and Partners is driven by a strong and unwavering belief that great design improves the quality of people's lives.

Through our work as a collaborative design studio, we are singularly focused on creating spaces that are a joy to be in, evoking a welcoming sense of place where communities can thrive.
 
Our team of masterplanners, architects, and designers has a world-class reputation, with a pedigree that spans over half a century. Founded by Sir Terence Conran, our RIBA Chartered Practice combines this valuable heritage with a contemporary vision that transforms bold ideas into truly inspiring buildings, interiors and products.

Architectural projects range from single properties to regeneration schemes, and we are renowned for breathing new life into historic buildings. We do this through stunning conceptual design, complemented by detailed technical knowledge on everything from planning and standards compliance, to public consultation and tendering. Yet above all else, we know that the best architecture comes from understanding exactly how people live. This awareness is what shapes buildings of real character.

Deep insight into the way we interact with our surroundings – the physical and emotional relationships between people and place – also acts as a guiding principle for our interior designers and industrial design specialists. We are confident innovators, but never at the expense of function and longevity. Design is a business decision as well as an artistic one, so our work never feels temporary, lightweight or pastiche. We don't blindly follow trends. We create classic styles that we know will stand the test of time. And we have a portfolio of award-winning projects to prove it.
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Process
 
 
It may sound simple, but truly understanding what clients need is a skill built from years of experience. We can only deliver exceptional work if we take the time to really listen, collaborating with you to extract a detailed brief that gets to the very heart of what you want a project to achieve.
A clear, detailed brief provides the foundations for the creative process, where we explore every angle to produce ideas that capture exactly what you are looking for. And the key word here is 'ideas' plural, because we never assume there is just one solution. Creativity means approaching the challenge with a completely open mind, and only once you've investigated every approach can you then focus on the ideal way forward.
Settling on an idea is just the start, and the development stage is where it is transformed into a viable scheme. We do this by dedicating a senior team of designers to each project, always supported by peer reviewers. This means ideas are developed through a process of continual refinement as we hold each other to account on every design decision.
We've come a long way since the initial brief, and now everything is focused on translating those detailed drawings, specifications and approvals into the finished work. Our delivery teams collaborate closely with contractors and suppliers to make sure everything is in line with the original design intent, regularly referring back to a manifesto of core ideas to guarantee the results are true to the initial vision.
 
It may sound simple, but truly understanding what clients need is a skill built from years of experience. We can only deliver exceptional work if we take the time to really listen, collaborating with you to extract a detailed brief that gets to the very heart of what you want a project to achieve.
 
This means being aware of not just your aesthetic aims for a development or product, but also the business drivers behind the brief. At the same time, we also know how important it is to consider every stakeholder, from the public to CABE and everyone in between. That's why we're experts in consultation, helping you present ideas in a way that future users, residents, local authorities and ultimately the wider community can identify with.
A clear, detailed brief provides the foundations for the creative process, where we explore every angle to produce ideas that capture exactly what you are looking for. And the key word here is 'ideas' plural, because we never assume there is just one solution. Creativity means approaching the challenge with a completely open mind, and only once you've investigated every approach can you then focus on the ideal way forward.
 
Yet it is vital to remember that this open-mindedness does not mean making arbitrary design decisions, or being unconventional just for the sake of it. Each project is developed with a clear narrative in mind to guarantee that every aesthetic choice is informed, relevant, and perfectly answers the brief. And crucially, we don't obsess about innovation above all else. Groundbreaking ideas are important to us, but unerring quality always comes first.
Settling on an idea is just the start, and the development stage is where it is transformed into a viable scheme. We do this by dedicating a senior team of designers to each project, always supported by peer reviewers. This means ideas are developed through a process of continual refinement as we hold each other to account on every design decision.
 
It is where the big idea is carried through to the minutiae, applying the concept to every detail, from the handle on a door to the space that surrounds a building. This commitment to the totality of design is what makes a project far more than the sum of its parts. In other words, it's how we make places that simply feel right.
We've come a long way since the initial brief, and now everything is focused on translating those detailed drawings, specifications and approvals into the finished work. Our delivery teams collaborate closely with contractors and suppliers to make sure everything is in line with the original design intent, regularly referring back to a manifesto of core ideas to guarantee the results are true to the initial vision.
 
These teams have a deep understanding of the construction market and how the build process and materials can differ from region to region. This technical knowledge is in fact built into every part of our process, because a good concept designer must have a strong grasp of how their ideas will ultimately be turned into reality. Our talented team of specialists each bring unique skills to the project, but all are dedicated to our one overarching principle – to create work that is designed for life.
 
Philosophy
 
Everything we create – from an individual home to a large-scale regeneration project – is inspired by the world around it. We are singularly focused on developing ideas that promote a better way of living and being.

For us, context and relevance are absolutely fundamental to what we do. Our work should certainly surprise and delight, greatly exceeding a client's expectations. But truly intelligent and inclusive design goes much further than strong first impressions. It has the power to improve lives.
 
Everything we create – from an individual home to a large-scale regeneration project – is inspired by the world around it. We are singularly focused on developing ideas that promote a better way of living and being.

For us, context and relevance are absolutely fundamental to what we do. Our work should certainly surprise and delight, greatly exceeding a client's expectations. But truly intelligent and inclusive design goes much further than strong first impressions. It has the power to improve lives.
 
Which is why the greatest thrill is producing work that makes a valuable contribution to the regeneration of an area. No piece of architecture or interior design can be seen in isolation, because these buildings shape how we experience the world. Contemporary living means being part of a vibrant community, and great design can and should create spaces that have a positive impact on the way we live.

We are proud to have been fulfilling this aim for over half a century, designing experiences that eschew fads and instead combine simplicity and function with a timeless aesthetic that is unmistakably our own.

At Conran and Partners, design is a way of life, it's what we love, and it’s who we are.