03 Jan '12, 10am

Sir Terence Conran and his Modern, Optimistic Design: On View at London's Design Museum

Sir Terence Conran and his Modern, Optimistic Design: On View at London's Design Museum

Bonnie Alter/CC BY 2.0 . The motto of furniture store Habitat, founded by Sir Terence Conran. Sir Terence Conran 's life and work in design is being celebrated at London's Design Museum . It's his 80th birthday, so what better time to revisit the impact of his vision on Britain in the past half-century. Conran was a designer, retailer, entrepreneur and maker and restauranteur. His vision defined what has become contemporary design. Conran brought optimistic, modern design to the forefront in the 1960's. His version of modernism was based on simple forms, natural materials, and a fresh colour palette. Bonnie Alter/CC BY 2.0 . Some of Conran's work . Conran was looking for a way to show his designs and display them in the way that he wanted them to look. At a time when the words "modern" and "well-designed" were not ones associated with the everyday wares available in stores...

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