Archive for: September, 2014



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I’ve featured The Conran Shop’s windows displays several times over the years. From shed chic and beach hut brights to colourful Christmas their visual team always knock it outta the park when it comes to creating a display that, quite literally, stops you in your tracks. Yet their summer season windows were the result of a creative collaboration with Bert & May, a reclaimed tile and materials company based in London. Their encaustic tiles are hand-poured in Andalusia in Spain and were the catalyst for the quintessentially Mediterranean blue and white palette used in the window display schemes. In fact, I loved the tiles so much that I laid them in my own colourful cottage kitchen – click here for a sneak peek! Iā€™m loving how they bring a Mediterranean-meets-colourful country look to the space; expect to see the full tour of the kitchen on the blog soon. If you’re looking to invite a classic blue and white decorating palette into your home then trying creating visual interest by marrying graphic, geometric patterns with solids. Here a solid injection of azure blue makes a focal point from an existing architectural detail – the fireplace, while patterned tiles anchor the table and chairs into the space. What inspires you about this window display and colour palette?

// Photography by The Conran Shop

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The Conran Shop always have such creative and inspiring window displays; it's often the simplicity in their approach that makes them so creatively inspiring. Their current window displays are a feast of colour (que yelps of delight from Mr. Bazaar!) thanks to an abundance of paper decorations hanging from the ceiling. Stylish gifts have been placed upon hot-hued plinths and around larger presents like scooters. There's a huge Christmas tree at the centre of it all with mini paper bell decorations and brightly wrapped presents beneath it. All in all it's pretty wonderful! So, you can imagine my delight when the brand invited me to curate my Top 10 Gifts for 2012. Which, of course, is packed full of colour. I definitely have my eye on the yellow O Clock watch and the Atelier Ruby Silk scarf, but which gift would you buy for the colour lover in your life? Click here to see all my gift picks.

// Photography by Will Taylor & The Conran Shop

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Regular readers here at Bright.Bazaar will know how I take great inspiration from well executed retail displays and visual merchandising. Well, one store that rarely disappoints with their creativity in this arena is The Conran Shop in London. Led by Betsy Smith, the Visual Team have created a Techno Beach scheme for their summer windows. To be frank, it’s pretty much a Bright.Bazaar dream: bold, preppy hues, graphic stripes, delicate textiles, strung cafe lights and rustic vintage touches. Yes, I pretty much moved myself in. (As you can see above, I was caught in the act!) For me, a retail experience that lets you fully immerse yourself in the product is already half way to getting the customer to the checkout. OK, so with a shopaholic like me it’s perhaps a little easier but I still think this largely rings true. If you find yourself in London, slip on your flip flops and take a wonder through this delightful Techno Beach. Which details stand out for you, folks?
// Photography by Will Taylor & The Conran Shop

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