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Lifetime Achievement Award: Sir Terence Conran


For his influence and contributions to design, Sir Terence Conran was awarded 2012's Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Medal honours an individual who has made significant and fundamental contributions to the design industry over their career.

Sir Terence Conran is one of the world’s best known designers, restaurateurs and retailers. Born in 1931, he founded the Conran Design Studio in 1956 and later the Habitat chain of home furnishings stores that revolutionised the UK High Street in the 1960s and 1970s by bringing intelligent, modern design within reach of the general population. He has been widely recognised for this and was honored with a knighthood as far back as 1983.

Terence designs furniture for Content by Conran and Benchmark and has written over 30 informative books that broadly reflect his design philosophy, selling over 20 million copies of his publications worldwide. Terence has always been a great supporter of education in design and founded the Design Museum in London and is currently the Provost of the Royal College of Art. The Conran Foundation gives generously to both.