“The designer’s job is to imagine the world not how it is, but how it should be.”
Sir Terence Conran
The range of furniture CE International offers across the Roger Lewis and The Conran Shop ranges include countless seating, table, cabinetry, sleep, lighting, and outdoor furniture designs.
The starting point for these pieces is an inspired design. Whilst Roger Lewis works with commercial clients to create bespoke designs for large volume projects which often turn into best sellers, The Conran Shop has a roster of renowned product designers to dictate a style of form and function.
Here we introduce these designers and give a brief insight into their backgrounds.
Regarded as one of Britain’s most esteemed industrial designers, Matthew Hilton infuses complex engineering and seemingly effortless simplicity into each piece he creates.
For The Conran Shop commercial range, Matthew has designed the beautiful Delta & Arbor ranges. In 2022, the Arbor range won the Best Sofa at the Living Etc Style Awards.
Renowned across the globe, Hilton’s designs have been honoured with places in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Manchester City Art Gallery, and the Museum of the Home in London, amongst others.
“My collaboration with The Conran Shop has been a deeply enriching experience, and one that fills me with a sense of pride and admiration for the brand’s heritage and design ethos. To see my furniture designs made available to the commercial market through this iconic institution is truly an honour, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share my work with a wider audience.
In possibly the highest honour within the design world, Schofield formed a lasting working relationship with The Conran Shop founder Sir Terence Conran, who referred to him as ‘one to watch.’ Schofield has since won, amongst others, the 2013 New Design Britain Award, the Best Furniture Award at the 2019 Homes & Gardens Design Awards, and the 2020 ELLE Decoration British Design Award in Furniture.
For The Conran Shop commercial range, Daniel has designed the multi award winning Mag range. In 2021, Mag won Best Furniture Design Award by Homes & Garden and in 2023 won the coveted Design Guild Mark Award.
With studios in Singapore and Porto, Gabriel is the creative director of the companies Turn, Ariake, and Origin. Origin came to fruition after Tan’s frequent visits to Portugal. Mesmerised by the artisanship and unique materials found in Portuguese workshops, Tan decided to enlist the finest artisans to offer Portuguese craft, industry, and culture to the world in the form of ceramic, glass, leather, stone and wooden goods. His contribution to design has rewarded him with worldwide recognition, including the Singaporean President’s Design Award.
For The Conran Shop commercial range, Gabriel has designed the Hole range, a stunning curation of timber and marble.
The award-winning East London design and craft studio Gareth Neal holds process at the heart of everything it does. The studio works tirelessly to prioritise craft and hand-finished methods by uniting traditional techniques with modern narratives, enriching its select designs with character and meaning. Established in 2006, the studio has become internationally recognised at the forefront of British furniture design.
For The Conran Shop commercial range, Gareth has designed the brand new GN range, a beautiful collection of timeless tables, built to last a lifetime.
As the celebrated winner of New Designers 2019, The Conran Shop tipped graduate designer Huw Evans as a name to watch. Now a member of The Conran Shop’s team, the young designer presents his winning creation, the remarkable Iris Lounge Chair, released in two signature wood finishes to highlight the incredible artisanship of the artful piece.
For The Conran Shop commercial range, Huw has designed the Iris which won the coveted Design Guild Mark Winner in 2023.
The London-based designer Magnus Long has created furniture and lighting for design institutions such as Modus, Hitch Mylius, Lerival, Deadgood, and The Conran Shop. Long aspires to create ‘useful and insightful designs that connect people with beautiful craft and engineering.’ After graduating from Nottingham Trent University, Long became a member of the award-winning design studio Viable London, establishing his eponymously named studio in 2012. Today, Long’s portfolio boasts widespread acclaim and awards, including the 2015 Jonathan Hindle Award for Design Excellence from the Design Guild Mark.
For The Conran Shop commercial range, Magnus has designed the highly recognisable and expansive Cross range.
A winner of the ELLE Decoration British Design Award, Samuel Wilkinson brings a fresh and dynamic approach to furniture design. Pushing the boundaries of design thanks to his unrivalled knowledge of materials and manufacturing techniques, each piece he produces boasts intricate detailing and a high level of artisanship. By the time he graduated from his studies at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, Wilkinson had already been awarded the RSA and the D&AD New Blood prizes. After working on award-winning products for the likes of British Airways, Audi, Samsung, and Virgin Atlantic, Wilkinson was well positioned to set up his own industrial design studio in 2008, reaching new heights since.
For The Conran Shop commercial range, Samuel has designed the Flo light range and the Fold sofa range, both award winning. The Flo range won the Living Etc Style Award 2021. The Fold Sofa won both the Best Outdoor Award at the Elle Decoration British Design Awards and the Design Guild Mark Winner in 2021.