Sebastian Conran

Sebastian Conran - Honorary Fellow

An award-winning designer whose talent has spanned creating innovative design across homewares, interiors, interactive technology and album covers for The Clash.

Sebastian Conran was born in 1956 into the second generation of the Conran design dynasty begun by his father Sir Terence Conran and his mother Shirley Conran (who famously stated that "life is too short to stuff a mushroom").

His award-winning achievements include: designing the pioneering Via pushchair for Mothercare that took its inspiration from the durability of a ski boot; home and kitchen goods for Nigella Lawson and Sainsbury’s; furniture for John Lewis and best-selling bathrooms for Villeroy & Boch.

Conran studied industrial design engineering at Central Saint Martins. He has been a visiting professor at UAL, a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and is designer in residence at the University of Sheffield.

Further accolades include Red Dot Design Awards for yacht interiors (the Sealine T60 motorboat) and a compact hotel (Yotel), and Furniture Guild Design Marks for his John Lewis Radius table and Aerofoil desk.

Conran’s passion for design, which began with an "obsession" for making things from wood and metal, as well as Airfix models and model railways, turned into a fascination with photography. This would later lead him to design posters and album covers for The Clash.

His corporate identity for Pilkington glass continues to survive after more than 30 years. He championed the idea that Shell should have convenience stores in its petrol stations.

His current focus however is to design technology with the aim of enhancing the experience of later life.

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