A larger-than-life character on the UK design scene, Chaloner is best known here for retail design projects such as the award-winning revamp of MFI he carried out at Conran Design Group, where he was retail design director until he was ousted as part of radical cutbacks in 2004.
He then joined Conran & Partners as interior and retail design director. Projects he worked on there included a ‘design scheme’ for Gap and a global store concept for Umbro.
In 2006 he quit Conran & Partners to go solo, focusing on the Netherlands. He worked with local consultancy Claessens Erdmann Designers on new branch concepts for the Dutch post office Postkantoor in 2007 and on ING bank branch designs in 2008.
Other Dutch appointments included the redesign of the prestigious Jopie Huisman Museum in Workum in northern Holland, which celebrates the Netherlands’ cultural heroes.
As well as being a designer, Chaloner was a writer and a published poet. He leaves a wife, Mary, and a daughter, Lucy.