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Conran Timeline

Terence founded the Conran Design Group in 1956 with the aim to design contemporary furniture and interiors for a new generation, developing the singular Conran vision, philosophy and aesthetic.

In 1962, Terence opened an innovative flat-pack furniture manufacturer, the first of it's kind in the UK, known then as ‘knock down’, which produced easy-assemble Conran ‘Summa’ furniture, making ‘plain, simple, useful’ design accessible to all.

1956 - Plain, Simple, Useful

Terence founds the Conran Design Group with the aim to design contemporary furniture and interiors for a new generation, developing the singular Conran vision, philosophy and aesthetic.

1962 - Leader of the flat pack

The first of its kind in the UK, Terence opens an innovative flat-pack furniture manufacturer, known then as ‘knock down’, which produces easy-assemble Conran ‘Summa’ furniture, making ‘plain, simple, useful’ design accessible to all.

1964 - Have you heard of Habitat?

Terence launches Habitat on Fulham Road, Chelsea, introducing young Londoners to a revolutionary European approach to shopping, cooking and living, with shelves stacked with French cookware and casual home accessories.

1974 - The Home Tome

Sir Terence publishes the first edition of The House Book, a pioneering guide to curating the home that establishes him as the voice of innovative design and considered living in the UK.

1983 - Knight of the Design Realm

Our founder receives a knighthood, the highest honour from Buckingham Palace, for his unparalleled services to design and retail in the UK, officially changing his title to Sir Terence Conran.

2001 - Up in the clouds

Briefed by British Airways to ‘make the best plane in the world even better’, Sir Terence redesigns the interior of the sound barrier-breaking airborne icon, Concorde, renewing the aircraft with postmodern inspired aesthetics.

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