Terence Conran is one of the world's best-known designers, restaurateurs
and retailers. In the 1960s he founded Habitat - the chain of homeware
stores that brought good, modern design within reach of the general
population for the very first time.
Over the subsequent 50 years
Terence built another group of companies centred around design,
retailing, restaurants and hotels. Today, Conran owns restaurants and
shops in eight cities throughout the world and a design business serving
many international clients that includes architecture and interior
design, product and graphic design and brand licensing.
January 2011 Conran began working with Marks & Spencer in the UK,
designing an exclusive range of homewares for the store. In 2012 Conran
signed a deal to collaborate with US retail giant jcpenney to design an
exclusive range of furniture, lighting and accessories for the home. The
initial collection launched in spring 2013 into 300 jcpenney stores
throughout the US and there will be new ranges launching each spring and
Terence was knighted for his services to design in 1983
and has been provost of the Royal College of Art in London. In 1982 he
opened the very first museum in the world dedicated to design, which is
now the celebrated Design Museum in London, due to move to new premises
in 2015 thanks to a massive expansion programme.