A pioneer in design work that transformed the look of the British home, Conran kicked off a design studio and later an architecture practice that has had a global impact on the world of interior design. In order to celebrate Sir Conran, a new exhibit, The Way We Live Now, at The Design Museum explores Conran's accomplishments whether it be key themes of his career or looking at where he channeled his inspiration. We wish we could go to London just to check it out!
Since we can no longer hop on the Concorde, we've decide to celebrate in our own way, by sharing some fascinating facts about Sir Terence Conran's legendary career. We could list his astounding accomplishments for days, but here are five things we find oh-so intriguing about Conran's legacy.
- He's the brains behind the iconic store Habitat.
There was nothing cooler than London in the 1960s; Conran's spot, Habitat, totally broke down the preconceived notions of furniture stores of the past by blending pop culture, modern design, and an unprecedented retail experience.
- He's a philanthropist.
In the '80s, Conran developed the The Conran Foundation, "an educational charity focused on promoting a better understanding of design." Its first big initiative was the Boilerhouse Project, a gallery housed in the basement of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
- Age doesn't define him.
Well into the late 2000s, Conran continued to open restaurants like Boundary in East London and Lutyens in Fleet Street.
- He's a restaurateur.
Conran's background in architecture and designed propelled him into being a key player in the development of the new restaurant culture driven by a passion for simplicity.
- He's a real knight!
Terence Conran became Sir Terence Conran in 1983.