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Barton furniture collection by Terence Conran for The Conran Shop

Barton table
The Conran Shop's new Barton furniture collection has some great British design names behind it: it was designed by Terence Conran and manufactured by Ercol.

The seven piece collection is made up of tables and stylish storage, all made from solid oak. As you might expect from the names involved, it's got a fairly classic look, with a nod to the mid-century, as shown in the coffee table pictured. 

Prices start at £595 for nesting tables and go up to £2995 for an armoire. The table pictured costs £650. 

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Categories / Architecture, Art and Photography, Cars and Bikes

100 years of Michelin House

Michelin poster

If you are London based, you may want to check out some of the events designed to celebrated 100 years of Michelin House

This distinctive building, on the corner of Fulham Road, was commissioned by the Michelin company as their first British HQ. They moved out in 1985 when it was bought by Terence Conran and Paul Hamlyn. The building now hosts the Conran Shop as well as the Bibendum oyster bar and remains as architecturally interesting as ever, decorated with stained glass, ornate tiles and combining a curious mixture of Art Nouveau and Art Deco influences. 

Currently the front of the shop and a small display is devoted to the building's history, including some archive photographs and original advertising posters. As part of the celebrations, six of these iconic pieces of Michelin advertising, selected from their historic archive, have been re-issued by the Conran Shop on canvas – including the distinctive design above. 

Unfortunately the prints are currently available in store only but prices start at £99 for a 72 x 52cm print. 

Find out more about the prints and other instore events online.

Categories / Design and Interiors, Homeware

Art Deco style Normandie chair from Benchmark

Normandie chair

You can't beat the Art Deco style for added instant glamour to your home. It's that era that informs these Normandie chairs from Benchmark.

The clue is in their name. Designed by Terence Conran, he's drawn inspiration from the famous Deco liner SS Normandie which entered service in 1935. This translates into the sleek lines of the chair which are available with either an oak or upholstered back and in natural oak, or a 'mocha stained' colour. The chairs don't come with the striking geometric fabric pictured (though you can ring the company and ask about it) and instead they're upholstered in the customer's own fabric, allowing you to make your own interpretation of the look. 

This glamorous look comes with a price tag of £595. 

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Categories / Design and Interiors

Skipper coffee table from Benchmark


Stylish and functional is the great combination offered by this Skipper coffee table from Benchmark

It's a contemporary design, from the hands of Terence Conran no less, but would look good fitting in with a 1950s/60s style. That feel is enhanced by the combination of the oak table top and the powder coated steel storage rack underneath. Add to that the unusual shape and it looks like a pretty good furniture investment. 

The table costs £745. 

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