Famous British designer and retailer Sir Terence Conran dies aged 88

Designer, retailer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran has passed away aged 88, his family said in a statement.

Born in Kingston upon Thames in 1931, Sir Terence began his career making and selling furniture in London.

He went on to open restaurants in the capital before launching Habitat in 1964.

In a statement released Saturday, his family said he “passed away peacefully today at his home in Barton Court.”

They described the founder of the Design Museum as a “visionary who had enjoyed an extraordinary life and an extraordinary career”.

The statement continued: “From the late 1940s 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 stores.

“The creation of The Design Museum in London was one of his proudest moments and through his efforts he continued to be a relentless champion of the importance of education for young people in the creative industries.”

The statement added, “Sir Terence fully enjoyed a remarkable life and always insisted that his job never felt like a job – anything he did for business he would have done for pleasure.”

The Chairman of the Design Museum’s Board of Directors said Sir Terence “leaves behind a wealth of domestic and industrial design that will remain with us forever.”

Lord Mandelson added: “He is one of the most iconic figures of post-war Britain, who began to rearrange the world of design when he joined the team that worked at the 1951 Festival of Britain as a young man and from then on. moment never stopped. “

Sir Terence’s family shared his eye for business and design.

His sister Priscilla Carluccio helped set up the Carluccio cafe restaurant chain with her ex-chef Antonio Carluccio.

His five children – Sebastian, Jasper, Tom, Sophie and Ned – from his four marriages have each forged successful careers in the creative industry.