Sir Terence Conran (1931-2020)
Image: Terence Conran 1952. Photo by Michael Wickham. Copyright Denny Wickham. Image taken from Conran/Quant: Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution, published by ACC Art Books

Dovecot is sad to learn of the death of Sir Terence Conran (1931-2020), the trailblazing designer, writer and businessman who reshaped retail, restaurants and modern lifestyle in post-war Britain. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

Dovecot pays tribute to Terence Conran’s contribution to modern design and retail in our current exhibition Mid-Century Modern: Art & Design from Conran to Quant (until 9 January 2021). The exhibition features rare early examples of Conran’s textile and furniture designs. It explores in particular his work for Mary Quant, his creation of Habitat and his collaborations with other designers including Eduardo Paolozzi and Bernard and Laura Ashley.

Celia Joicey, Director of Dovecot, said:

“Terence Conran has motivated generations of people to lead lives informed by good design, high quality craftsmanship, and inspiring food and interiors. We are honouring Conran’s vision of a better Britain in our current Mid-Century Modern exhibition, which highlights not only how he challenged the established order in the 1950s and 1960s but also how he empowered and gave opportunities to others to innovate through design too.”

Mid-Century Modern: Art & Design from Conran to Quant


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