Thomas Heatherwick leads tributes to “mentor and lifelong friend” Terence Conran

Thomas Heatherwick with Sir Terrence Conran

Tom Ravenscroft | 14 hours agoLeave a comment

British designer Thomas Heatherwick is one of the numerous designers to have paid tribute to Habitat and Design Museum founder Terence Conran who passed away last week.

Conran was best known for founding retailer Habitat in the 1960s, which is widely credited with popularising modern continental European design in the UK. He passed away aged 88 at his home in London on 12 September 2020.

Heatherwick, who first met Conran while studying at the Royal College of Art, led the tributes to the “visionary and determined designer”.

“I feel so privileged to have had Sir Terence Conran as a mentor and lifelong friend and will miss him greatly,” said Heatherwick. 

Conran “revolutionised how we think about our homes”

The founder of Heatherwick Studio credited Conran with bringing modern design and food to the UK through his Habitat brand, the founding of London’s Design Museum and establishing a series of restaurants.

Sir Terence Conran, founder of Habitat, portrait
Above: Terence Conran. Top image: Conran with Heatherwick in 1994 in a pavilion designed by Heatherwick, which was purchased by Conran

Above: Terence Conran. Top image: Conran with Heatherwick in 1994 in a pavilion designed by Heatherwick, which was purchased by Conran

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