Sebastian Conran | associates
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Icon Launch at Royal Ascot 2013


When aero-engine specialists acquired the nose cone rescued from the iconic Concorde prototype they contacted Sebastian as he had worked on the design of the BA Concorde's passenger experience and interior design. From the resulting conversations came a plan to create a piece of sculpture repurposing the Concorde nose that would celebrate the intersection of art and technology.

The resulting art piece was inspired by sonic waves that the aircraft would have made by surfing the earth's atmosphere at over Mach II. Fabricated from five tonnes of polished stainless steel, burr walnut, and bronze, the sculpture is over seven metres long. The sculptural form swivels on an Olympus main bearing and shows the nose tilted, as it would have been on take-off.

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Over the years Sebastian has worked with: ABC (USA), Addis, Alex Moulton Bicycles, Alphason, Barclays, Bodum (Switzerland), Boots, British Airways, Buddi Healthcare, Carphone Warehouse, Churchill China, Concorde, Connolly Leather, Dartington Crystal, Dixons, Dornbracht, Germany, The Economist, EGE (Denmark), English Heritage, Fitzwilliam Museum, Ford Motor Company, Good Housekeeping, Guzzini (Italy), Habitat, Hasbro (USA), Imperial War Museum, JCB (UK), John Lewis, Lakeland, Lancôme (France), Legrand Electric (France), Marks & Spencer, Mars Group, Michelin (France), Mitsumine (Japan), Moët Hennessy, Monoprix (France), Mothercare, Nigella Lawson, Nissan (Japan), NTT DoCoMo (Japan), Orange Aero, Park Hotels (India), Penguin Books, Philips Interactive, Pizza Express, Rolls-Royce Aerospace, Sainsbury's, Sealine Yachts, Sheffield University (Science Faculty), Spudulike, Tchibo (Germany), Tesco, Thermos, Umbro, Villeroy & Boch (Germany), Virgin Atlantic, Vision Express, WH Smith, Woolworths (South Africa), Yamagiwa, Yotel, Yo! Sushi