Sir Terence Conran
Terence Conran is one of the world's best known designers, restaurateurs and retailers. Born in 1931, he founded the Conran Design Studio in 1956 and later the Habitat chain of home furnishings stores that revolutionised the UK High Street in the 1960s and 1970s by bringing intelligent, modern design within reach of the general population.
In the 1980s Habitat was expanded and following a series of acquisitions evolved into Storehouse plc, the Chairmanship from which Terence retired in 1990. In the 1990s, Terence built another group of companies involved in design, retailing, restaurants and hotels, working on projects all over the world. Following the sale of a 49% stake in the restaurant business in 2006, Conran restaurants now operate under the name D&D London.
In 2009 he opened the Boundary in Shoreditch, a restaurant, rooftop bar & grill, caff, bakery and foodstore with 17 individually designed bedrooms and also Lutyens on Fleet Street, a large restaurant and bar on Fleet Street with a charcuterie counter, 130, crustacea and sushi bar, members club and four private dining and meeting rooms.
Terence designs furniture for Content by Conran and Benchmark and has written over 30 informative books that broadly reflect his design philosophy, selling over 20 million copies of his publications worldwide. They include The Essential House Book, Terence Conran on Design, The Ultimate House Book, Easy Living, Design: Intelligence Made Visible, Outdoors and Terence Conran's Inspiration. Terence has always been a great supporter of education in design and founded the Design Museum in London and is currently the Provost of the Royal College of Art.
Sir Terence Orby Conran, FCSD (born 4 October 1931) is an English designer, restaurateur, retailer and writer. He is available as a Motivational Speaker, Presenter, Keynote Speaker, After Dinner Speaker, Awards Host and Presenter for Corporate and Private Events, Dinners and Conferences.