Sebastian Conran

Managing Director, Studio Conran

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Sebastian oversees Studio Conran, the brand and merchandise development division of the Conran Group. 

He trained in Industrial Design Engineering at Central School of Design before joining Wolff Olins in 1979, then Mothercare, in 1982, as senior development executive.

In 1986 he founded Sebastian Conran Associates, an independent merchandise and brand development studio, successfully collaborating with a variety of leading international businesses on a wide range of projects. In 1999 the studio merged with the Conran Group to form Conran & Partners. Most recently Sebastian was managing director of Studio Conran leading all product and graphics work and becoming involved with the development of thousands of consumer goods in a wide variety of markets from initial ideas through to successful merchandise.

Sebastian’s technical innovations and inventions have been involved in dozens of patents and have won several design, marketing and innovation awards. He has now re-established Sebastian Conran Associates with a focused, experienced team based in their West Kensington studio workshop.

Visiting Professor of Design Against Crime at Central St Martins, Sebastian has written several books and papers on design, was founding contributor to Blueprint magazine and taught at the Royal College of Art, where he is an Honorary Fellow. Having recently completed his tenure on the D&AD executive, he lectures frequently and is an active member of many organisations including the Design Museum, of which he is a founding trustee.

sebastian.conran@designcouncil.org.uk