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Sir Terence Conran

A Biography

Sir Terence Conran is one of world’s best known designers, restaurateurs and retailers. Born in 1931, he founded the Conran Design Studio in 1956 and later the Habitat chain of home furnishings stores that revolutionised the British high streets in the Sixties and Seventies by bringing intelligent, modern design within reach of the general population.

Terence formed Conran Roche, a new architecture practice, in 1980. The firm undertook the renovation of some of London’s iconic landmarks, including Michelin House, Butler’s Wharf and the Bluebird garage on the King’s Road. He also founded the Design Museum, a towering neo-Brutalist home for British design in Butler’s Wharf.

In the Nineties, Terence set up Conran Holdings, a new group of designers, retailers and architects working across the world. The company takes on a diverse range of product, brand, interior and interactive design work, which adheres to a core philosophy: that intelligent design improves people’s quality of life.

In 2009 he opened the Boundary in Shoreditch, a restaurant, rooftop bar & grill, caff, bakery and foodstore with 17 individually-designed bedrooms, and Lutyens, a large restaurant and bar on Fleet Street with a charcuterie counter, crustacea and sushi bar, members’ club and four private dining and meeting rooms.

Terence has written over 30 informative books that broadly reflect his design philosophy, selling over 20 million copies of his publications worldwide. They include The Essential House Book, Terence Conran on Design, The Ultimate House Book, Easy Living, Design: Intelligence Made Visible, Outdoors and Terence Conran’s Inspiration. He was until recently Provost of the Royal College of Art, and is an honorary professor of the University for the Creative Arts.

In 2011, to celebrate Terence’s 80th birthday, the Design Museum held a major retrospective of his contribution to British design. The Way We Live Now drew on sixty years of Terence’s design work.