Chris Connors creates spaces for change and transformation. As a Creative Director, Business Mentor, Corporate wellness coach he bridges the worlds of innovation, wellness, futurology and philanthropy. He has been trusted by many of the worlds leading thinkers and creators to guide their personal visions through his coaching and mentorship programs. He is currently running embodied leadership programs for clients such as Kering, Yoox Net a Porter and has recently run programs for Nike, Aesop, Fornasetti and LVMH He runs bespoke coaching and mindfulness programs for leaders of exceptional talent including personal development and personal quest work. For the past 17 years he has been in deep conscious inquiry about inspiration, purpose and creativity as he searches for solutions for a better global quality of life. It has taken him to many extreme places in himself and in different, often conflicting worlds. Background
Originally graduating in economic studies, art and design history – and following a subsequent post at the European Parliament in Brussels – Chris first embarked on working as a planner for Sony at Saatchi and Saatchi, before shifting into the design and the luxury industry. There he created his own fashion and design label, ie uniform, which went on to win three British New Generation awards and a British Fashion Award in 2002. One of his first subsequent roles as a creative consultant was to research and develop architectural briefs for Prada SPA – at 26 he was challenging the conventions of global brand thinking – this culminated in the groundbreaking flagship buildings by architects Herzog & de Meuron. At the same time he curated the exhibition Planning, Design, Construction – an architectural approach to fashion, mounted at the Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, and featured Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Martin Margiela, Comme Des Garcons, and the cream of young British fashion talent. It was evident that he would not sit quietly in one industry. Es wird referat schreiben mit der schaltfläche oder dem befehl fenster/neues 2d-graphik-fenster geöffnet; It has since become his trademark position. He has become recognised for his development of trend-leading strategies and creation of inspiring projects for architects, interior designers, web designers, wider creative thinkers and leading design-led brand. Previous client projects have included, Louis Vuitton, Commes des Garcons, Levis, Selridges, Maison Martin Margiela, Converse, Bang & Olufsen, Nokia. He has been associate creative director at Atelier Fornasetti for 13 years. He has ventured into the world of wellness, philanthropy and urban design with a set of initiatives aiming to incorporate design and craft thinking with personal and planetary wellness. He has teamed up with the Arison Group a major investment and philanthropic organization, he has been placing doing good at the heart of their business and investment strategy culminating in business and philanthropic innovations. Chris coined the term ‘Poetic Innovation’ which is his way of defining mind and heart innovation; the most important values needed in modern society. He took the Poetic innovation theme to Beijing Design week in 2012 with an aim to encourage master craftsmen who have been silenced, to speak for the first time publicly. This was done in tandem with Ai Wei Wei platform in Cao Chang Di. Chris has also worked passionately with iconic Italian handmade brand Fornasetti for 10 years in product and business creation. Fornasetti is often cited as a benchmark for global success in hand made products. Chris’s personal vision is realised through his company Still. A small organisation dedicated to bringing our physical, mental and emotional wellness in inspiring urban innovative spaces. He was responsible for the initial development of Londons first holistic spa and concept store Calmia in 2004. Chris has lectured at the Royal College of Art and Central St Martins in London, and the Instituto Maragoni in Milan. He is currently a guest mentor for Crafted, a Walpole programme supporting young luxury craftsmen and new generation designers, and has been invited to judge global projects for Design Boom and Parsons School of Design NYC. He also leads meditation groups and coaching retreats around the world from Maui to Rajasthan. He lives happily between the city of London, the seas of Ibiza and the Mountains of Ireland.
“I was born in Belfast during a war in the early 70’s, and as a young boy I would witness beautiful historical buildings being destroyed by bombs, people being destroyed by war. Devastated, I would take notebooks and redraw those buildings in the rubble, in some way envisioning that they would bring back beauty, meaning and healing to a broken society. I never lost hope or sight of this. These moments would go on to define my life. I now dedicate my time to creating more stillness, empowerment and innovation in our world by inspiring people, products and places to be consciously prolific. I’ve been venturing the worlds of design, luxury, meditation, art, movement, entrepreneurship, leadership, consciousness, war and peace, and global sustainability. Quite often they served as distinct, exclusive and specialist worlds but more and more I believe in the power of integrating these worlds as I weave them into my purpose and encourage those I mentor to do the same of their different worlds.
This integration of polarities, integration of what was once seen as mutually exclusive in our lives, is taking us on a fascinating journey through modern life and we are witnessing connections and co-creations between extraordinary leaders from luxury brand to young tech leader, global philanthropist to young social entrepreneur, sage to siren, designer to dancer. One thing stands clear in all of this abundance and chaos; a deeper need to connect to the wisdom of people, products and places that really matter and of course what really matters to us is a fascinating personalised inquiry”