Sir Terence Conran, legendary restaurateur and designer, dies at 88

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Sir Terence Conran has died, his family said on Saturday.

The ground-breaking designer, retailer and restaurateur "passed away peacefully today at his Barton Court home aged 88", his family said in a statement released through the Design Museum.

He "enjoyed an extraordinary life and career that revolutionised the way we live in Britain", they said.

Sir Terence created many London restaurants, and in 2005 was named as the most influential restaurateur in the UK.

In 1964 he opened the first Habitat shop in Chelsea, which grew into a large chain known for selling household goods and furniture in contemporary designs.

His business, Conran and Partners, has designed furniture for Marks & Spencer, J. C. Penney, Content by Conran, Benchmark and The Conran Shop.

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He is survived by his five children.

The family's statement reads: "A proud patriot, Sir Terence promoted the best of British design, culture and the arts around the world and at the heart of everything he did was a very simple belief that good design improves the quality of people's lives.

"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 his proudest moments and through its endeavours he remained a relentless champion of the importance of education to young people in the creative industries.

"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.

"In his private life he was adored by his family and friends and we will miss him dearly.

"It gives us great comfort to know that many of you will mourn with us but we ask that you celebrate Terence's extraordinary legacy and contribution to the country he loved so dearly."

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