Terence : The Man Who Invented Design

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A complex and contradictory man, design apostle Terence Conran's influence is everywhere in modern Britain. This is the story of an authentic creative genius: an often unhappy man who always made Britain a more cheerful place. This extraordinary book, beautiful to look at and compelling to read, offers privileged insights, never before published, from Terence's many collaborators, several friends and numerous enemies. Frank, amused, indiscreet, sharp, rude, respectful and knowing, it tells Terence's story as it evolved from before the humble chicken brick to Bibendum's sophisticated poulet de Bresse, via personal successes and corporate calamities, culminating in that peculiar temple to the religion he invented: The Design Museum. Only his many wives know Terence better than Stephen Bayley and Roger Mavity.
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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 159 x 240 x 32mm | 767g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • W H Allen
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753557126
  • 9780753557129

About Stephen Bayley

Stephen Bayley (Author)
Nearly forty years ago, Terence Conran plucked Stephen from the obscurity of provincial academe to do his good works. The result was The Boilerhouse Project promoting design at London's V&A museum, which became the most successful gallery of the eighties, and The Design Museum that followed it. Since then, Stephen has become one of the world's outstanding commentators on design and popular culture. Intelligence Made Visible, the book he wrote with Terence, has been translated into fourteen languages. Terence came to Stephen's wedding and complained about the food. Over the years they have often fallen-out, but always fall back in.

Roger Mavity (Author)
Roger has been hired by Terence many times, and fired nearly as often. First at the French Gold Abbott ad agency where Roger won the Habitat advertising account; then at two more agencies, including Mavity Gilmore, his own business. In 2006 he became Chief Executive of Conran Holdings, Terence's business empire, where he stayed for seven years.
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