Just as this issue was about to go to press, we heard the sad news that Sir Terence Conran had passed away aged 88 at home in Berkshire.
I can’t overstate the impact Sir Terence has had on my life and career. Long before I met him, he was an ever-present force, from my early childhood obsessions with Habitat and saving up to buy my earliest designer pieces from The Conran Shop, to eating oysters for the first time at Bibendum and being inspired beyond words when I visited the then brand-new Design Museum (all institutions we have him to thank for).
In the background, he was always there.
When I did eventually meet him, I loved his energy, the cheeky twinkle in his eye and his impeccable taste. He was such a champion of new designers and always a great supporter of ELLE Decoration, even guest editing an issue in 1995. On taking over the reins myself in 2017, Sir Terence emailed me to say how much he loved the magazine and the changes we’d made. I’ve never been more chuffed.
In memory of the man, his impact and his influence, we decided to dedicate this issue to him, with a special cover for subscribers and a heartfelt tribute written by one of his favourite journalists, Caroline Roux – he always loved what she managed to get out of him in interviews.
Sir Terence’s legacy touches upon virtually all aspects of modern British life and whether it was as a creator, a retailer, a restaurateur or an architect, he always stayed true to his belief that good design should be democratic, improving the quality of people’s lives and making the world a better place. Ideals we should all aspire to, now more than ever.
In this month’s issue you’ll find…
- Sir Terence Conran – remembering a design visionary
- Our pick of the best UK architecture practices
- Inside the world’s most structurally splendid homes
- Sir David Adjaye on creating impact through architecture
- 40 ways to create your perfect bedroom
- Supersized decorating, from jumbo cord to extra-cosy quilting
- PLUS, a free magazine… The 2020 Bathroom Guide
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