LONDON, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Terence Conran, a renowned
designer and restaurateur credited with modernising British
retail and decor, has died aged 88, his family said on Saturday.
Conran launched Habitat, a home-furnishing store known for
its contemporary pine furniture, brightly coloured fabrics and
tasteful kitchenware which proved highly popular. He went on to
become chairman of Storehouse Plc which included other
well-known retailers Mothercare and British Home Stores.
He was also passionate about food, becoming a renowned
restaurateur. His first restaurant, The Soup Kitchen, opened in
London in 1953, and he went on to open many more including Le
Pont de la Tour, Quaglino's and Mezzo, with his restaurant
interests stretching from Paris to New York and Tokyo.
"Sir Terence enjoyed a remarkable life to the full and
always maintained that his work never felt like a job -
everything he did for business he would have done for pleasure,"
his family said in a statement.
Conran studied textile design at the Central School of Arts
and Crafts in London and launched Habitat in 1964, dreaming of
providing well-designed goods for ordinary people.
A single store in west London grew into a national and
international chain, and paved his move into Britain's retail
mainstream. He opened his first The Conran Shop in 1972 and was
knighted in 1983.
"Terence Conran was instrumental in the redesigning of
post-War Britain and his legacy is huge," said Tim Marlow,
director and chief executive of London's Design Museum, which
(Reporting by Michael Holden
Editing by Frances Kerry and Pravin Char)