Sir Terence Conran, founder of Habitat and Design Museum, passed away on Saturday at his home in Berkshire, England. He was 88. His death was confirmed by his family via statement, but the cause of death wasn’t specified.
Conran opened the first Habitat store in Fulham Road, London, in 1964. His ambition was to modernize British furniture by offering contemporary design at affordable prices. Since its inception, Habitat has attracted personalities such as Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy, and Peter Sellers. In 1969, Habitat opened nine more stores in the UK and one in Canada. Conran was also a restaurateur, and he founded the Conran Restaurants Group in 1991. That company went on to operate restaurants, hotels, and bars throughout many major cities.
“He was a visionary who enjoyed an extraordinary life and career that revolutionized the way we live in Britain. A proud patriot, Sir Terence promoted the best of British design, culture, and the arts around the world and at the heart of everything he did was a very simple belief that good design improves the quality of people’s lives,” Conran’s family said in a statement.
Click here to view Design Museum’s in-depth timeline honoring Sir Terence Conran.
Photo: Courtesy of Habitat