Inside Sebastian Conran’s house

I love looking around other people’s houses. I’m a bit of a nosy parker but in most cases, it’s a great way to learn more about the person behind the design. And it can often be surprising.

Sebastian's beautiful eclectic living room

Sebastian’s beautiful eclectic living room

Take Sebastian Conran. I was lucky enough to be invited to his house recently to see all the gorgeous new homewares he’s designed (more of which later). What I was expecting was cool, clean design. While there was some of that, there was far more besides. Check out this statement mirror.

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Love this shell-framed mirror

And his functional but beautiful painted kitchen, complete with open shelving, lots of pans and a huge range cooker.

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Snooping around Mr Conran’s kitchen

Sebastian's garden

Sebastian’s garden

As you can see, there’s a serious eclectic vibe besides the design classics. Rather than being showroom perfect, the feel is warm and welcoming. And I think a lot of that thinking translates to his new Universal Expert collection, below.

A spread of fab new dining crockery by Sebastian Conran

A spread of fab new crockery by Sebastian Conran

Smart recipe book stand that then folds up like a book

Smart recipe book stand that then folds up like a book

But all this sleek design doesn’t happen by accident. Sebastian spends months making prototypes and really thinking through the practicalities. And while he can now do some using a 3D printer, he still has some of the carved originals…

One prototype made using a 3D printer, the other carved

One prototype made using a 3D printer, the other carved

Protypes of kitchen gadgets

Protypes of kitchen gadgets

Simple, stylish and well made, I have a serious crush on some of these kitchen tools – even in their 3D printer form!

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