Conran Fabric Archive Unleashed

18th April 2011
Here is something exciting that I have stumbled upon, in celebration of his 80th birthday this year, Sir Terence Conran has made available to Surface View a range of stunning mid-century prints, from the Conran archives.
Kept under lock and key at the V&A since the 1970’s, sixteen of the 52 prints from the 1950s and 60s are now available as wallpaper, prints and canvases. These include a selection designed by Sir Terence Conran himself. Having originally trained as a fabric designer at Central St Martins, Sir Terence established two manufacturing companies in the 1950s; Conran Fabrics and Conran Furniture. Although Conran Fabrics ceased trading in the 70s, the designs were held at the V&A for posterity.
Isn’t this exciting, they are so fun and quirky, which you wouldn’t expect anything less from Conran. Here are a selection of the prints, aren’t they divine?


  1. Al

    18th April 2011 at 8:32 pm

    These prints are gorgeous! I really love almost all of them. So very talented Mr. Conran is. This collection is impressive to say the least.

  2. Daniel Nelson

    19th April 2011 at 7:26 am

    That is really nice. I am a real sucker for mid-Century prints and although these are slightly newer than Lucienne Day, they are clearly inspired by the same ideas.

  3. PopArtRockGirlYeah!

    19th April 2011 at 9:23 am

    Ooooh I really like the top one – definitely has a 1970's hair-dressing salon vibe about it! (I think they should do a pink and silver one too!) x Pargy

  4. stephibdesign

    20th April 2011 at 6:35 am

    These are great – I don't know if I could choose a particular one although the leaf paper at the bottom is something special. So incredibly detailed the leaves look real.

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