Obituary: Sir Terence Conran, the retailer who brought European flair to a grey Britain

Sir Terence Conran

From bringing the duvet to the UK to supporting the launch of Retail Week, British designer, retailer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran changed the way people lived.

Best known for creating the iconic Habitat homewares business, Sir Terence Conran’s flair for design made an impact across retail, hospitality and the urban environment.

His career began in the 1940s, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that the European influences he championed began to take root across the living rooms of the nation and he became a household name. 

Conran’s designs came at a time when post-war austerity was in need of some brightening up with bold colours, prints and stylish yet accessible pieces – all with the aim of being affordable with a standard teacher’s salary. 

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