Sir Terence Conran dies aged 88

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Designer, retailer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran has died aged 88.

Sir Terence “passed away peacefully today at his Barton Court home”, his family said in a statement.

The statement, released by the Design Museum, described Sir Terence as a “visionary who enjoyed an extraordinary life and career that revolutionised the way we live in Britain”.

It went on: “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.

“From the late forties 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 making businesses.

“Founding the Design Museum in London was one of his proudest moments and through its endeavours he remained a relentless champion of the importance of education to young people in the creative industries.”

Sir Terence is described by his family as a “visionary who enjoyed an extraordinary life and career” (AP)

“Sir Terence enjoyed a remarkable life to the full and always maintained that his work never felt like a job – everything he did for business he would have done for pleasure,” the statement added.

Tim Marlow, director and chief executive at the Design Museum, said: “Terence Conran was instrumental in the re-designing of post-war Britain and his legacy is huge.

“He is revered by generations of designers from Mary Quant and David Mellor to Thomas Heatherwick and Jonny Ive.

“He changed the way we lived and shopped and ate. He also created a great institution – the Design Museum – of which he was justifiably proud and with which he remained fully engaged right to the end of his extraordinary life.”

Lord Mandelson, chairman of the board of trustees at the Design Museum, said: “Terence Conran has filled our lives for generations with ideas, innovation and brilliant design.

“He is one of the most iconic figures of post-war Britain, starting to recast the world of design when as a young man he joined the team working on the 1951 Festival of Britain and never stopping from that moment on.

“He leaves a treasure trove of household and industrial design that will stay with us forever.”

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

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