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12 September 2020 14:36

Terence Conran

Sir Terence Conran dies aged 88

The statement, released by the Design Museum, described Sir Terence as a "visionary who enjoyed an extraordinary life and career that revolutionised the way we live in Britain". It went on: "A proud patriot, Sir Terence promoted the best of British design, culture and the arts around the world and at the heart of everything he did was a very simple belief that good design improves the quality of people's lives. "From the late forties to the present day, his energy and creativity thrived in his shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels and through his many design, architecture and furniture making businesses. Lord Mandelson, chairman of the board of trustees at the Design Museum, said: "Terence Conran has filled our lives for generations with ideas, innovation and brilliant design. Breaking news: British designer Terence Conran, founder of furniture brand Habitat and London's Design Museum, has died at the age of 88.

"It is with great sadness we announce British designer, retailer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran passed away peacefully today at his Barton Court home aged 88," the family said. A proud patriot, Sir Terence promoted the best of British design, culture and the arts around the world and at the heart of everything he did was a very simple belief that good design improves the quality of people's lives." Conran would go on to build a retail empire by acquiring the Heal's furniture brand and running high street brands British Home Stores and Mothercare through his Storehouse company. "Through a series of parallel careers, Sir Terence Conran had a greater impact than any other designer of his generation, revolutionising everyday life in contemporary Britain," said the Design Museum in a statement. "No one has done more to create modern Britain than Terence Conran," said former Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic. Best known as the founder of households retailer Habitat, revolutionary home designer Sir Terence brought Scandinavian style and simplicity to London in the 1960s.

The hugely successful Habitat chain eventually formed the nucleus of a retailing empire which included Mothercare, Heals, Richards Shops and British Home Stores. The family's statement, released by the Design Museum today, said: 'A proud patriot, Sir Terence promoted the best of British design, culture and the arts around the world and at the heart of everything he did was a very simple belief that good design improves the quality of people's lives. Legendary British designer, retailer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran has died peacefully today at his Barton Court after a remarkable 65-year-old career, his family said in a statement The hugely successful Habitat chain eventually formed the nucleus of a retailing empire which included Mothercare, Heals, Richards Shops and British Home Stores (pictured: with the Duke of Edinburgh) Leading dedications to the design icon, Lord Mandelson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Design Museum, said: 'Terence Conran has filled our lives for generations with ideas, innovation and brilliant design. Deyan Sudjic, Director Emeritus of the Design Museum said: 'No one has done more to create modern Britain than Terence Conran. Sir Terence, who is credited with making stylish housewares and home décor available to a wider market beginning in the 1960s, was called a 'visionary' who 'revolutionised the way we live in Britain' by his family today Sir Terence, who is credited with making stylish housewares and home décor available to a wider market beginning in the 1960s, was called a 'visionary' who 'revolutionised the way we live in Britain' by his family today (pictured: with his wife Vicki Conran and son Jasper Conran at the launch of the new Design Museum in London) His family said: 'A proud patriot, Sir Terence promoted the best of British design, culture and the arts around the world and at the heart of everything he did was a very simple belief that good design improves the quality of people's lives' Best known as the founder of households retailer Habitat, revolutionary home designer Sir Terence brought Scandinavian style and simplicity to London in the 1960s (pictured: Sir Terence's furniture on display in Edinburgh) In 1964 Sir Terence opened Habitat, a store selling his furniture as well as a range of then-obscure housewares such as woks, in London's Chelsea neighbourhood.

'I have a lifetime of anecdotes': Legendary design icon Sir Terence Conran, who died today aged 88, once revealed how he started making furniture when he was 10 and would have been a gardener if he could have started over British designer, retailer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran has died peacefully today at his Barton Court after a remarkable 65-year-old career, his family said in a statement 'Oh, I have a lifetime of anecdotes after a very long career in design, furniture and retail,' Sir Terence Conran once said. He went on to found Habitat, the hugely successful furniture retailer which became the bedrock of a retail empire that included Mothercare, Heals, Richards Shops and British Home Stores. Looking back on his career in an interview with Furniture News, Sir Terence remarked that 'creating Habitat, and the thrill of seeing all our hard work and enterprise a decade earlier coming to fruition, was very special'. Best known as the founder of households retailer Habitat, revolutionary home designer Sir Terence brought Scandinavian style and simplicity to London in the 1960s (pictured: with his wife, journalist and author Shirley Conran, in June 1955) Best known as the founder of households retailer Habitat, revolutionary home designer Sir Terence brought Scandinavian style and simplicity to London in the 1960s (pictured: with Marc Bolland) While losing Habitat felt like the death of a much-loved family member, the money I had made from it allowed me to start a bright and exciting new chapter in my life and create a restaurant group, focus on The Conran Shop and get designing again.' British designer Sir Terence Conran has died aged 88, with his family describing him as a "visionary". In a statement released through the Design Museum, his family said he had "passed away peacefully today at his Barton Court home".

They added: "A proud patriot, Sir Terence promoted the best of British design, culture and the arts around the world and at the heart of everything he did was a very simple belief that good design improves the quality of people's lives. Image: Sir Terence was known for opening the first Habitat store and his work was celebrated in an exhibition at The Fashion and Textile Museum in 2019 "From the late forties to the present day, his energy and creativity thrived in his shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels and through his many design, architecture and furniture making businesses. "Sir Terence enjoyed a remarkable life to the full and always maintained that his work never felt like a job - everything he did for business he would have done for pleasure. Tim Marlow, director and chief executive at the Design Museum, said: "Terence Conran was instrumental in the re-designing of post-war Britain and his legacy is huge. Lord Mandelson, chairman of the board of trustees at the Design Museum, said: "Terence Conran has filled our lives for generations with ideas, innovation and brilliant design.

Designer, retailer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran has died aged 88, his family said in a statement. Born in Kingston upon Thames in 1931, Sir Terence began his career making and selling furniture in London. The statement went on: "From the late forties to the present day, his energy and creativity thrived in his shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels and through his many design, architecture and furniture making businesses. The chairman of the board of trustees at the Design Museum said Sir Terence "leaves a treasure trove of household and industrial design that will stay with us forever".