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"Visionary" British designer Sir Terence Conran has died

"Visionary" British designer Sir Terence Conran has died

He helped found London's Design Museum

Sir Terence Conran passed away at his London home
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Sir Terence Conran passed away at his London home

Sir Terence Conran, the famed British designer, has died at the age of 88.

Best known as the founder of Habitat, he pioneered flat-pack furniture years before Ikea arrived in the UK, helping to lower the prices of his cutting-edge designs in his bid to "democratise good design".

Sir Terence brought modern style and simplicity to UK homes in the 1960s, when he became a household name as one of the key designers of the swinging decade, designing a shop for fashion icon Mary Quant.

He was also involved in architecture and interior design, including establishing the architecture and planning consultancy Conran Roche with Fred Roche in 1980. Their projects include Michelin House (which he turned into the restaurant Bibendum) and the Bluebird Garage, both in Chelsea, London..

Founded over 60 years ago, The Conran Design Group demonstrated the best of design in Britain, specialising in interiors, hotel and restaurant design, graphics, products and homeware. Sir Terence would also go on to establish an architectural practice with Fred Lloyd Roche called Conran Roche that eventually became Conran and Partners.

Comprising product, brand and interior designers and architects, this firm works on projects all over the world.

Sir Terence would later help found the Design Museum, but it was for his accessible and fashionable furniture, interiors and homeware that he remains best-known.

"He was a visionary who enjoyed an extraordinary life and career that revolutionised the way we live in Britain," said a family statement.

"He was adored by his family and friends and we will miss him dearly."

The statement added: "It gives us great comfort to know that many of you will mourn with us but we ask that you celebrate Terence's extraordinary legacy and contribution to the country he loved so dearly."

He "promoted the best of British design, culture and the arts around the world", with "a very simple belief that good design improves the quality of people's lives".

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