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David Steen recalls: “This was taken at the original Habitat shop. Habitat was the reinvention of everything for the home; the three-piece suite became a thing of the past. If you went to a dinner party in those days, you could guarantee there would be something designed by Conran – if not the whole house.”
Location: Fulham Road, London, England
Year: 1964
Biography: Designer, restaurateur and retailer; Terence Conran finds success in nearly all he turns his hand to. Born in 1931, he became exasperated at the traditionally dour furnishings that persisted throughout post-war Britain and in 1964 he opened Habitat and introduced stylish, modern design at a relatively-affordable price; he counted John Lennon, George Harrison, Julie Christie and Mary Quant as customers. The company made a millionaire out of him, merging with other British retail outlets to become Storehouse PLC until the early Nineties when the company was broken up and Habitat was sold to the Ikea group. Having had a hand in a number of restaurant projects in the early Fifties, he now owns a string of world-renowned eateries including The Bluebird, Bibendum, Quaglino’s and Zinc Bar and Grill in London, Alcazar in Paris and Guastavino’s in New York. He is chairman of Conran and Partners, an architecture and design practice, and has opened Conran shops around the world stocking products designed by his team. In 1989 he founded the Design Museum in London and he is also the author of countless books centred on his twin passions of food and design. He was knighted in 1983.
Print Type: Fibre-based Harman Galerie FB Digital
Printed by: Metro Imaging, London
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Tags: terence conran, habitat, london, furniture, interior design, black and white, print, photograph, designer, restauranteur, british, english, design museum, writer, retailer, 60s, the sixties, 1960s, swinging sixties
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