‘Visionary’ designer Sir Terence Conran dies age 88

Designer, retailer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran has died aged 88, his family said in a statement.

Born in Kingston upon Thames in 1931, Sir Terence began his career making and selling furniture in London.

He went on to open restaurants across the capital before launching Habitat in 1964.

In a statement released on Saturday, his family said he "passed away peacefully today at his Barton Court home".

They described the Design Museum founder as a "visionary who enjoyed an extraordinary life and career".

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 22: Prince Philip Meets Designer Sir Terence Conran During A Reception At Buckingham Palace To Mark The Contribution Made By The British Design Industry. (Photo by Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)
Designer and restaurateur Terence Conran of St John's Wood, London, prepares for a night out in London with his wife, journalist and author Shirley Conran, June 1955. Original Publication : Picture Post - 8083 - Twenty Shillings Or Twenty Pounds - unpub. (Photo by Thurston Hopkins/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The English designer and businessman, Sir Terence Conran, with his first wife Shirley, the fashion editor and author, 1955. (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
June 1955: Designer and restauranteur Sir Terence Conran, founder of Habitat, with his wife journalist and author Shirley relaxing at home in hammock chairs. Original Publication: Picture Post - 8083 - Twenty Shillings Or Twenty Pounds - unpub. (Photo by Thurston Hopkins/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LONDON - AUGUST 26: Terence Conran at the Michelin building in London, on August 26, 1992. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
LONDON - AUGUST 26: Terence Conran poses for a portrait at Butlers Wharf in London, England on August 26, 1992. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
LONDON - OCTOBER 11: Terence Conran at the opening of his new restaurant Mezzo, in Soho, London, on October 11, 1995. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
PA NEWS PHOTO 13/8/98 TERENCE CONRAN CELEBRATES THE OPENING OF HIS NEW RESTAURANT " COQ D'ARGENT" IN LONDON. THE RESTAURANT AT NO. 1 THE POULTRY IS CONRAN'S FIRST IN THE CITY (Photo by Matthew Fearn - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Prince's Trust Ambassador Dame Edna Everage and Sir Terence Conran (left) at the Prince's Trust Awards for Designers in London with Jude Bidulf (centre left) and Sam Hurt, whose furniture and lighting company Suck UK was supported by the trust. * The Prince's Trust has helped start more than 43,000 people start their own businesses and in total has helped more than 400,000 14-30 year olds to develop confidence, learn new skills and get into work. (Photo by Peter Jordan - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 15: Sir Terence Conran attends the press view of 'Terence Conran: The Way We Live Now' at Design Museum on November 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: (L to R) Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic, Thomas Heatherwick, Sir Terence Conran and Alan Yentob attend as Sir Terence Conran is awarded the Liberatum Cultural Honour at Sanderson Hotel on November 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14: Prince Philip, The Duke Of Edinburgh meets Sir Terence Conran as he opens the new Design Museum at The Design Museum on November 14, 2016 in London, England. The Design Museum has re-located to the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington which has undergone a transformation to create a museum devoted to contemporary design and architecture. (Photo by Tristan Fewings - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: Sir Terence Conran attends the launch of the new Design Museum co-hosted by Alexandra Shulman, Sir Terence Conran & Deyan Sudjic on November 22, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: Vicki Conran Sir Terence Conran Jasper Conran attend the launch of the new Design Museum co-hosted by Alexandra Shulman, Sir Terence Conran & Deyan Sudjic on November 22, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales speaks to Desinger Terence Conran as he visits the Dyson Building at Royal College of Art on November 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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The statement went on: "From the late forties to the present day, his energy and creativity thrived in his shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels and through his many design, architecture and furniture making businesses.

"Founding The Design Museum in London was one of hs proudest moments and through its endeavours he remained a relentless champion of the importance of education to young people in the creative industries."

The statement added: "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."

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