Today marks the 80th birthday of probably Britain’s best known interior and product designer, Sir Terence Conran.
To try to mention everything Sir Terence has achieved in his career to date is an almost impossible task, but next month The Design Museum London will run an exhibition called “The Way We Live Today” which will showcase some of the projects Sir Terence has worked on throughout the decades. The work will include some of his design for The Festival of Britain in the 1950’s, through the pop culture of the 60’s, the launch of Habitat and the designer led decade of the 1980’s.
Some of Sir Terence’s more recent work includes his collection for Content by Conran and Benchmark and of course his new collection for High Street giant Marks & Spencer.
Sir Terence is a great British icon who has brought us and taught us the art of lifestyle. As well as designing the products we choose to live with, he has also influenced where we choose to eat, what we eat and the type of hotels we wish to stay in. He has opened our eyes to global style with his love for travel and collecting from those travels. Decades before Marrakech became the destination to go to, Conran had introduced us all to the Tagine, piled high in his Habitat Stores.
I will raise a glass to Sir Terence tonight and say thank you for for making our High Street more exciting than we ever could have imagined it would be back in the 1960’s and 70’s and keep continuing to inspire young British designers for many a year to come. Happy Birthday!