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Terence Conran is one of the world’s best-known designers, restaurateurs and retailers.
Born in 1931, he founded 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.
Today as Chairman of the Conran Group, Terence owns restaurants, shops and hotels around the world as well as a thriving architecture and design practice, Conran & Partners who work on major projects worldwide. A great supporter of design education, Terence founded the Design Museum in London and until recently was the Provost of the Royal College of Art. He has also written more than 50 informative books selling over 30 million copies of his publications worldwide. His hope is that together these two enterprises have helped to educate and raise awareness of the importance of design in our lives.
“People don’t know what they want until you show them”, is something Terence Conran has said on more than one occasion. As a furniture creator and producer, he has brought his creative talent to life in numerous collections. Terence is currently collaborating with Marks & Spencer in the UK to design an exclusive range of homewares and furniture and is doing the same in the US with JCPenney. He has now lent his eye and design sensibilities to Fermob by designing ‘Kintbury’, his new range. In some ways it’s hardly a surprising collaboration since, by his own admission, his garden is one of his favourite places, where he comes to relax, dream and find inspiration.
“I greatly respect Fermob’s eye for detail which I have enjoyed combining with my rigorous approach to design. Well-designed furniture is pleasing to look at and comfortable to use, and will give you many years of long-lasting service and pleasure.”