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Sir Terence Conran
Terence Orby Conran
4 October 1931
|Alma mater||Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design|
|Occupation||Designer, restaurateur, retailer, writer|
Early life and education
Conran was born in Kingston upon Thames, son of Christina Mabel (Halstead) and South African-born Gerard Rupert Conran, a businessman who owned a rubber importation company in East London. Conran was educated at Highfield School in Liphook, Bryanston School in Dorset and the Central School of Art and Design (now incorporated into Central St Martin's, a part of the University of the Arts, London), where he studied textiles and other materials.
Conran's first professional work came when he worked in the Festival of Britain (1951) on the main South Bank site. He left college to take up a job with Dennis Lennon's architectural company, which had been commissioned to make a 1/4-scale interior of a Princess Flying Boat.
Conran started his own design practice in 1956 with the Summa furniture range and designing a shop for Mary Quant.
He has also been involved in architecture and interior design, including establishing the architecture and planning consultancy Conran Roche with Fred Roche in 1980. Projects include Michelin House (which he turned into the restaurant Bibendum) and the Bluebird Garage, both in Chelsea. Conran had a major role in the regeneration in the early 1990s of the Shad Thames area of London next to Tower Bridge that includes the Design Museum. His business, Conran and Partners, is a design company comprising product, brand and interior designers and architects, working on projects all over the world. Conran designs furniture for Marks & Spencer, J. C. Penney, Content by Conran, Benchmark and The Conran Shop.
In 1997 he appeared as himself in “In the Smoke”, S5:E7 of Pie in the Sky.
Besides Bibendum, Conran created many other London restaurants in London and elsewhere. In 2005, he was named as the most influential restaurateur in the UK by CatererSearch, the website of Caterer and Hotelkeeper magazine. In 2007, 49 percent of the restaurant business was sold to two former managers, who rebranded it as D&D London.
In 2008, he returned to the restaurant business on a personal basis by opening Boundary, a restaurant, bar, café and meeting room complex in Shoreditch, East London. This was followed in 2009 by Lutyens, a restaurant and private club within the former Reuters building in Fleet Street London.
He has written over 50 books that broadly reflect his design philosophy, citation needed] The majority of these books were published by Conran Octopus, a division of Octopus Publishing Group, a cross-platform illustrated-book publisher founded by Conran and Paul Hamlyn.[
Honours and awards
He is a winner of the Chartered Society of Designers Minerva Medal, the society's highest award.
In 2007, he received an honorary degree from London South Bank University.
He won the Lifetime Achievement Award at The Catey Awards in 2017.
Conran married architect Brenda Davison in 1952 at the age of 19; the marriage lasted six months. Conran married his second wife, journalist Shirley Pearce, in 1955 with whom he had two sons - Sebastian and Jasper - before they divorced in 1962. Conran married his third wife, cookery writer Caroline Herbert, the following year. The marriage lasted for 33 years and produced three children - Tom, Sophie and Edmund - before ending in divorce in 1996. His youngest son Edmund, known as Ned, had problems with drug and alcohol abuse and was remanded to custody in a psychiatric unit in 2001 following a sexual assault on a tourist in London. He has since recovered and become a restaurateur.
- The House Book. Pub. Mitchell Beazley, 1974. ISBN 0855330414.
- The Kitchen Book. Crown Publishers, 1977.
- The Bed and Bath Book. Crown Publishers, 1978. ISBN 0-517-53399-5.
- The Cook Book. with Caroline Conran. Crown Publishers, 1980. ISBN 0517540185,.
- The Vegetable Book. Crescent, 1984. ISBN 0517446456.
- Terence Conran's New House book. Villard Books, 1985. ISBN 0-394-54633-4.
- Terence Conran's plants at home. with Susan Conder. Conran Octopus, 1986. ISBN 1-85029-056-3.
- Terence Conran's France. with Pierrette Pompon Bailhache, Maurice Croizard. Little, Brown, 1987. ISBN 0-316-15327-3.
- Terence Conran's Home Furnishings. 1987. ISBN 5-551-98206-8.
- Terence Conran's do-it-yourself with style. Simon & Schuster, 1989. ISBN 0671687190.
- Tableware. with Jeremy Myerson, Sylvia Katz. Pub. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1990.
- Conran's Decorating with Plants. Smithmark Pub, 1990. ISBN 0-8317-2169-3.
- Terence Conran's garden style, with John McGowan. Ed. Roger DuBern. Crown Publishers, 1991. ISBN 0517584638.
- The Soft furnishings book. Conran Octopus, 1995.
- The French Room: Simple French Style for Your Home. with Elizabeth Wilhide. Conran Octopus, 1995. ISBN 1-85029-825-4.
- Terence Conran on design. Conran Octopus, 1996. ISBN 1-85029-771-1.
- The Essential Garden Book (Co-authored with Dan Pearson), Three Rivers Press, 1998. ISBN 0-609-80022-1.
- Terence Conran's Easy Living. Soma Books, 1999. ISBN 1-57959-045-4.
- Terence Conran on restaurants. Overlook Press, 2000. ISBN 1585670456.
- Terence Conran Small Spaces. Clarkson N Potter Publishers, 2001. ISBN 5-559-43946-0.
- Kitchens: the hub of the home. Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2002. ISBN 0-609-61052-X.
- Bathrooms: just add water. Conran Octopus, 2004. ISBN 1-84091-357-6.
- Designers on Design. with Max Fraser. Collins Design, 2005. ISBN 0060834102.
- The Ultimate House Book: For Home Design in the Twenty-First Century. Ed. Elizabeth Wilhide. Pub. Conran Octopus, 2006. ISBN 1-84091-468-8.
- The Conran Cookbook. with Simon Hopkinson, Caroline Conran. Conran Octopus, 2007. ISBN 1-84091-496-3.
- How to live in small spaces: design, furnishing, decoration, detail for the smaller home. Pub. Conran Octopus, 2007. ISBN 1-84091-473-4.
- Storage: Get Organized. Conran Octopus, 2007. ISBN 1-84091-434-3.
- Chef's Garden: Fresh Produce from Small Spaces. Conran Octopus, 2008. ISBN 1-84091-510-2,.
- Terence Conran's Inspiration. with Stafford Cliff. Conran Octopus, 2009. ISBN 1-84091-494-7.
- Essential Colour. Conran Octopus Publishing, London 2011, ISBN 978-1-84091-567-9.
- new edition Eco House Book. Conran Octopus Publishing, London 2012, ISBN 978-1-84091-602-7.
- Plain, Simple, Useful: The Essence of Conran Style. Conran Octopus Publishing, London 2014, ISBN 978-1-84091-655-3.
- Terence Conran. by Nicholas Ind. Sidgwick & Jackson, 1996. ISBN 0-283-06294-0.
- Terence Conran: Design and the Quality of Life by Elizabeth Wilhide. Watson-Guptill, 1999.
- List of alumni of the Central School of Art and Design
- List of English writers
- List of restaurateurs
- "Sir Terence Conran: No Designs on Taking Things Easy". The Daily Telegraph. 14 April 2008.
- "Family Detective". The Daily Telegraph. 3 March 2003.
- "Conran – Home". Retrieved 4 February 2015.
- "TERENCE ORBY CONRAN - Company Director Check". www.flixens.com. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
- Conran Shop Archived 19 August 2005 at the Wayback Machine
- "Contemporary Furniture Handmade at Benchmark - Benchmark Furniture". Retrieved 4 February 2015.
- "Bibendum Oyster Bar reopens with new design by Sir Terrence Conran and new menu from Matthew Harris and Simon Hopkinson" Archived 11 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine, Brompton Design District. Accessed 29 October 2015.
- Conran press release[permanent dead link].
- "85 Fleet Street". http://www.lutyens-restaurant.com/history. Retrieved 30 October 2015. External link in
- "No. 49212". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1982. p. 1.
- "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2017. p. B25.
- Designers Prize.
- "Sir Terence Conran named Royal Designer for Industry". Design Week. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
- "UCA ceremony as Sir Terence Conran becomes honorary professor". BBC News. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link).
- Brown, Mick (9 September 2011). "The taste maker: interview with Terence Conran". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
- Blackhurst, Chris (1 May 2002). "The shattering of a dynasty". Evening Standard. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
- "Sunday Telegraph Mandrake column 20 January 08 – update on Ned Conran headed 'Conran's artful son says stop shopping'". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 21 January 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2008.
- Terence Conran profile on CatererSearch
- Interview with Sir Terence Conran on new Design Museum – LUX Magazine 2013
- Terence Conran interviewed by Ginny Dougary (2005)
- "Conran Fabrics". Fashion, Jewellery & Accessories. Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 5 August 2007.
- The Brits Who Designed the Modern World Artsnight - Series 4: 7, BBC Two