Conran & Partners enters new chapter after management buy-out completes

Conran & Partners, founded more than 40 years ago by designer and visionary Sir Terence Conran, completes a management buy-out of the practice, which signals a new chapter in the evolution of the international design firm. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes…

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Known for always doing things differently, designing spaces for the people, Conran & Partners is about to head into a new ownership chapter with its Principals; Tina Norden, Simon Kincaid, Sebastian Conran, Katy Clarke and Tim Bowder-Ridger, now sharing the practice.

Founded more than 40 years ago by designer and visionary Sir Terence Conran, the studio has since been committed to improve people’s lives through good design. Over the years, the practice has evolved into an international, award-winning studio, with projects across urban regeneration, hospitality, residential and workplace, all under the guidance of a long-standing leadership.

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Image caption: The Maximilian Hotel in Prague, designed by Conran and Partners

The five Principals have had key roles in the practice for many years and have been instrumental in the growth and development of the business. They now equally share the responsibility of leading the independent business as Principals, with the continued support of the board members and the London and Hong Kong studio teams.

“Conran & Partners is first and foremost a creative business,” said Tim Bowder-Ridger, Principal, Conran & Partners. “We pride ourselves on offering a distinctive boutique service to clients in the UK and internationally, whether we’re delivering architectural design for a new urban neighbourhood or creating unique interiors for a global hospitality brand. The new ownership of the practice is an incredibly exciting moment for us to build on a unique legacy and take the business forward with clear purpose.”

The buy-out demonstrates the leadership’s belief in and commitment to the practice into the future. The Principals will continue to build on the legacy and ethos of Sir Terence Conran to achieve a seamless combination of architecture and interior design through carefully considered and collaborative design that addresses the needs and desires of the users, as well as the wider environment.

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