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CONRAN FABRICS ARCHIVE

Created by Sir Terence Conran and his contemporaries at Conran Fabrics, these groundbreaking designs shaped our aesthetic through the 50s, 60s and 70s, are now enjoying a new lease of life.

Vintage Conran

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Quote_l “Effortless style that stands the test of time.”

Conran and vintage fabrics; it’s Surface View heaven. Conran Fabrics, the company, dates back to the 1950s when a young Terence Conran, swept up by the Festival of Britain, established Conran Fabrics Ltd and Conran Furniture Ltd. His aim back then, as it remains to this day, was to make great design accessible and affordable. His passion has shaped the British design landscape ever since. Many of us have grown up surrounded by the influences of the Festival of Britain and the rise of the pared back look extolled by Conran and his contemporaries, so we jumped at the chance of pulling together a small but beautifully formed collection of these design classics.

Although Conran Fabrics ceased trading in the 1970s, fortunately for us many of the designs are in the Victoria and Albert Museum archive, which has a long tradition of holding influential and iconic designs in safe keeping. All of which meant that we could browse the real originals, each one carefully documented by hand and presented to us so we could pick our favourites. Our chosen designs have since been specially photographed and digitally remastered by us, so that we can offer these designs as highly detailed prints, capturing the weave of the cloth and the age worn beauty of these originals. You might have seen them featured as a backdrop to Sir Terence Conran’s recent furniture launch - the Barton Range - which is in collaboration with Ercol, another design giant and 1950s celebrity.

In our creatively spoiled age it’s sometimes easy to forget how ground-breaking these designs were in their time. If we had to pick just one? Leaf by Terence Conran. So graphically simple and with an effortless style that stands the test of time.

Conran Fabrics Archive
  • Vintage Conran
    • Image Original fabric, archived by the V&A
  • Vintage Conran
    • Image Original fabric, archived by the V&A
  • Vintage Conran
    • Image Original fabric, archived by the V&A
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    • Image Leaf
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    • Image Happy Dreams
  • Vintage Conran
    • Image Prince of Quince, Blue

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Created by Sir Terence Conran and his contemporaries at Conran Fabrics, these groundbreaking designs shaped our aesthetic through the 50s, 60s and 70s, are now enjoying a new lease of life.

Style Ideas

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Quote_l “Poetry In Motion”

Featured in the latest edition of Living etc, Ludavine and Stephanes romance inspired beach house demonstrates how fabric can create a warm compelling room interior for all the family.

Fabric artwork has no boundaries in its usage as interior as can be demostrated here by the linen fabric and artwork used to create a long lasting homely and warm environment.

As highlighted within this article, for similar fabric artwork you can visit a range of our collections here at Surface View. Our 'Conran Fabrics Archive' and 'Warner Textiles Archive' demonstrate a range of unique contemporary fabric artwork that can be used to create warm distinguished interior pieces, similar to the stunning fabric work you see brought together here for Ludavine and Stephanes beach house.

Whether you want a lampshade or wall hanging, the range of images within our collections here at Surface View can help bring that unique fabric interior idea you have to life!

  • Style Ideas
    • Image Wall Hangings - Conran Fabrics Archive
  • Style Ideas
    • Image Wall Hangings - Warner Textile Archive