Other widely known brands such as Heal’s and Mothercare were all personally influenced by Conran, and he also created furniture for Marks & Spencer and J.C. Penney.
Tim Marlow, The Design Museum’s chief executive, said Conran was “instrumental in the re-designing of post-war Britain and his legacy is huge.”
“He changed the way we lived and shopped and ate,” he said.
Conran bought the Michelin Building in London in 1987, refurbishing it to become a home for the Conran Shop, Octopus publishing and the Bibendum restaurant.
Conran’s ambitions expanded across the Atlantic. As early as 1976, he opened a Habitat shop at the Citicorp. building in Manhattan under the name Conran. In the 1990s, his international operations grew further, with the opening of a Conran Shop in Tokyo in 1994, followed five years later with one in New York underneath the 59th Street Bridge.
“From the late 1940s to the present day, his energy and creativity thrived in his shops, restaurants, bars, cafes…