Iconic British designer Sir Terence Conran has died aged 88. He passed away peacefully at his London home.

Sir Terence was a designer, retailer and restaurateur. He was best known as the founder of household retailer Habitat in 1964.  In the mid-1980s, he expanded Habitat into the Storehouse group of companies that included BHS and Mothercare.  In 1990 he lost control of the company. His later retail companies included the Conran Shop and wood furniture maker Benchmark Furniture.  He was knighted in 1983.

He was involved in architecture and interior design.  In 1980 he established the architecture and planning consultancy Conran Roche.

Conran also ran several restaurants in London.  In 2005, he was named as the most influential restaurateur in the UK. 

He wrote over 50 books on a number of a subjects including interior design. He sold over 25 million books.

In a statement released through the Design Museum, his family said he had “enjoyed an extraordinary life and career that revolutionised the way we live in Britain”.

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.”

“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.”

“Founding the Design Museum in London was one of his proudest moments and through its endeavours he remained a relentless champion of the importance of education to young people in the creative industries.”

“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.”

“In his private life he was adored by his family and friends and we will miss him dearly.”

“It gives us great comfort to know that many of you will mourn with us but we ask that you celebrate Terence’s extraordinary legacy and contribution to the country he loved so dearly.”

Sir Terence was married 4 times.  He had 5 children.


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