Sir Terence Orby Conran (born October 4, 1931) is an English designer, restaurateur, retailer and writer. Events 610 - Heraclius arrives by ship from Africa at Constantinople, overthrows Byzantine Emperor Phocas Year 1931 ( MCMXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland A designer is a person who designs something Perhaps the broadest definition is that provided by Herbert Simon: ‘Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing A restaurant is a retail establishment that serves prepared Food to Customers. A writer is anyone who creates a written work although the word usually designates those who write creatively or professionally as well as those who have written in many different forms
Terence Conran was born in Kingston upon Thames, the son of Christina Mabel (Halstead) and South African-born Gerard Rupert Conran, a businessman who owned a rubber importation company in East London. Kingston upon Thames is the principal settlement of the Royal Borough The Republic of South Africa (also known by other official names) is a country located at the southern tip of the continent of Africa  Conran was educated at Bryanston School in Dorset and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design where he studied textiles. Bryanston School is a Co-educational independent boarding school in Blandford, north Dorset, England, near the village of Bryanston Dorset ( (or archaically, Dorsetshire) is a county in South West England on the English Channel coast Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design ( St) (often abbreviated as Central Saint Martins, Saint Martins or CSM) is widely regarded
Conran's first professional work came when he worked in the Festival of Britain on the main South Bank site, he left his college education to take up a job with Dennis Lennon's architectural company, they had been commissioned to make a 1/4 scale interior of a Princess Flying Boat. The Festival of Britain was a national exhibition which opened in London and around Britain in May 1951 The South Bank is the area in London on the southern bank of the River Thames near Waterloo station that houses a number of important The Saunders-Roe Princess was a British Flying boat aircraft built by Saunders-Roe, based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. .
Conran started his own design practice in 1956 with the Summa furniture range and designing a shop for Mary Quant. Year 1956 ( MCMLVI) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Mary Quant OBE FCSD (born 11 February 1934 in Blackheath, London, England) is an English In 1964 he opened the first Habitat shop in Chelsea with his third wife Caroline Herbert, which grew into a large chain selling household goods and furniture in contemporary designs. Year 1964 ( MCMLXIV) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the 1964 Gregorian calendar. Habitat is a Retailer of household furnishings in the United Kingdom France Germany Spain and has franchised outlets in other countries In the mid-1980s, Conran expanded Habitat into the Storehouse group of companies that included Mothercare and Heals but in 1990 he lost control of the company. Mothercare plc ( is a British Retailer which specialises in products for expectant mothers and in general merchandise for children up to 8 years old His later retail companies include the Conran Shop and FSC-certified wood furniture maker Benchmark Furniture, which he co-founded in 1983.
He has also been involved in architecture and interior design, including London's Michelin House (which he turned into the restaurant Bibendum) and the Bluebird Garage both in Chelsea. The term architecture (from Greek αρχιτεκτονικήarchitektoniki) can be used to mean a process a profession or documentation Interior design is a practice concerned with anything that is found inside a space - walls windows doors finishes textures light furnishings and furniture London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Michelin House at 81 Fulham Road Chelsea London was constructed as the first permanent UK headquarters and tyre depot for the Michelin Tyre Company Ltd Bluebird Garage at 330-340 King's Road Chelsea London was at one time a garage for the Bluebird Motor Company 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 which is managed by the Conran Foundation. Shad Thames is a picturesque and historic riverside street next to Tower Bridge in Bermondsey, London, UK, and is also an informal name Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and Suspension bridge in London, England over the River Thames. The Design Museum is a Museum by the River Thames near Tower Bridge in central London, England.
Conran has also created various other London restaurants including the Soup Kitchen, Orrery, Quaglino's, Mezzo (restaurant), Pont de la Tour, Blueprint Cafe, Butler's Wharf Chop House, together with restaurants in various other countries. This article is on the mechanical device For the British peerage see Earl of Orrery. 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% of the entire Conran restaurant business was sold to D&D, a company run by two former Conran employees, Des Gunewardena and David Loewi. 
He has written and published various books, particularly on interior design.
Conran was knighted in 1983. Year 1983 ( MCMLXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar)
Conran is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers, and winner of the Minerva Medal, the Society's highest award. A fellow in the broadest sense is someone who is an equal or a comrade The Chartered Society of Designers (CSD headquartered in London, England, is the professional body for designers
Since 2003, he has been provost of the Royal College of Art. Provost is the title of a senior Academic administrator at many institutions of Higher education in the United States and Canada, the equivalent The Royal College of Art ( RCA) is a University in London, England. That was also the year he received the Prince Phillip Designers Prize, in recognition of his lifetime achievements in design. In 2007, he received an honorary degree from London South Bank University. London South Bank University (LSBU is one of the oldest universities in central London with over 23000 students and 1700 staff based in the
The fashion designer Jasper Conran is his son with his second wife, the writer Shirley Conran. Jasper Alexander Thirlby Conran OBE (born on 12 December 1959) is an English Fashion designer. Shirley Conran (born September 21, 1932) is the ex-wife of British Designer, Restaurateur, Retailer and Writer Other outstanding members of the family include Sebastian Conran (designer), Tom Conran (restaurateur), and daughter Sophie Conran (pies, and design). His youngest son, Edmund (known as Ned) has suffered from psychiatric problems, and has never achieved the status of his siblings; he was remanded in a secure unit in November 2001 after an assault on a tourist in London .
Conran and Caroline Herbert divorced in 1996; she settled for £6. 2 million out of his £80 million assets. Although the court had acknowledged that she had more than 30 years made an outstanding contribution to the Habitat and restaurant businesses, the trial judge thought it "absurd" to suggest that she had played an equal role in the generation of wealth.
Conran's sister Priscilla is the wife of leading chef Antonio Carluccio who once worked for Conran. Antonio Carluccio, OBE, (born 1937 in Vietri sul Mare, Salerno, Italy) is a London -based Italian chef restaurateur and food expert
Sir Terence and his wife, Vicki, live in London, Kintbury in Berkshire and France. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Kintbury is a large Village and Civil parish in central-southern England, located in West Berkshire between the towns of Newbury and Berkshire (ˈbɑːkʃə or /ˈbɑːkʃɪə/ say Baak-shuh/-sheer sometimes abbreviated to Berks) is a Home County in the South This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics.