Opening of the Sir Terence Conran exhibition at the Design Museum


Design Museum exhibition pays tribute to Sir Terence Conran

‘The Conran Effect’ is a new free exhibition at the Design Museum in London, honoring its founder Sir Terence Conran, the British designer and entrepreneur who changed the way we eat, shop and live

The Design Museum in London marks what would have been Sir Terence Conran’s 90th birthday with a new free exhibition, ‘The Conran Effect’, which explores both the personal life and professional achievements of Conran.

Personal photographs stand alongside some of his most famous designs – including his popular “Cone” chair – while the exhibit also features memorabilia from the launch of Conran Design Group and the Habitat chain of stores. The exhibition explores how Habitat changed the way we interact with design when we launched the first store in London in 1964, its innovative grouping of furniture, fabrics and kitchen utensils, bringing design into the world. everyday life of the British public for the first time. The staff, dressed in Mary Quant, were a chic bridge between fashion and form.

Habitat bag © the Design Museum

The respected British designer, who founded the Design Museum in 1989 – what he later called one of his proudest accomplishments – has supported design education and the creative industries throughout his life. Conran’s multiple careers are explored in the exhibit, which takes a closer look at his roles as a designer, retailer and entrepreneur, dissecting how his designs such as quilts and flat lay furniture have shaped modern life in Great Britain. Brittany as we know it.

The exhibition is accompanied by a book, Terence Conran: Making Britain Modern, by Deyan Sudjic, Director Emeritus of the Design Museum. “Terence has had so many different careers, from a potter, to the chairman of a £ 2 billion state-owned company, to a restaurateur,” says Sudjic. “As a student he was close to the art world and Eduardo Paolozzi. By age 25, he had opened five restaurants, started a furniture and textile business, and worked at the Festival of Britain and for Paolozzi. He has become one of Britain’s most influential taste makers thanks to Habitat. ‘ §

‘Checkers’ tray designed by Terence Conran and manufactured by Midwinter Pottery Ltd, c. 1957 © the Design Museum

Habitat Catalog, 1971 © the Design Museum

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