RED Designer Talks at The Conran Shop: Russell Pinch

As part of London Design Festival, The Conran Shop iconis hosting a series of talks with eminent British designers, in association with Stylus magazine and the Design Council.

Today on Design Hunter, I'm delighted to be able to share exclusive extracts from the first of these talks, with furniture designer Russell Pinch and, coming up later, with neon artist Chris Bracey.

After graduating from London's Ravensbourne College of Design, Russell began his career working as a design assistant for Sir Terence Conran. He went on to be voted best newcomer by Blueprint and 100% Design in 2004, and last year won a Wallpaper* award for his Yves writing desk (pictured above). He began his own practice, Pinch, eight years ago, specialising in furniture, product and interior design.

Content by Conran Wave sideboard icondesigned by Russell Pinch

The extracts below are full of valuable insights for anyone embarking on a career as a product designer or setting up their own design studio. Here he recalls how as a young graduate he secured a job working as a design assistant to Terence Conran.


In the second clip he talks about setting up his own company and exhibiting for the first time at 100% Design...

Russell Pinch - Part 2 - Designer Talks At The Conran Shop from The Conran Shop on Vimeo.


... and in part 3 he talks about the limited edition pieces he has produced for the RED exhibition at The Conran Shop and the new designs he is launching at Design Junction this week.

Russell Pinch - Part 3 - Designer Talks At The Conran Shop from The Conran Shop on Vimeo.


The RED designer talks at The Conran Shop iconcontinue on Saturday 22nd September with Benjamin Hubert and Natasha Daintry. Tickets are free of charge but must be booked in advance. Contact The Conran Shop for further details.

Photography credits: Main image - Yves desk and Contore bench by Pinch Design. Photography by James Merrell.