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WEBINAR | Did Terence Conran really change London?

event Thursday, 27 January 2022

access_time 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

turned_in_not £5-£10

location_on Online webinar

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Join this on-line ‘in-conversation’ event with Stephen Bayley and Roger Mavity, the authors of TERENCE.

Terence was not so much an artisan-designer as a print media “influencer” of quite extraordinary range and scope.  We can debate forever whether he was a cause or a symptom in the revolution of consumer behaviour in the late twentieth century, but what’s certain is that he was central to the public’s perception of it.  In restaurants and shops, with unique genius, he presented new vistas to explore.  His achievement was not designing new chairs, but entire expectations about living and eating. Very cleverly, he assembled furniture and food he enjoyed, monetizing his own taste and selling it to us as “design”.  From London’s first bistro in the fifties, through Habitat in the sixties (which brought the Bauhaus to Bromley and elsewhere) onto the The Design Museum and restaurant cults of the eighties and nineties, very few people have made a more energetic and beneficial contribution to material life in London.

About Stephen Bayley:

Stephen Bayley was the person for whom the term “design guru” was coined, something he accepts with what he likes to think of as self-deprecating irony.  In the forty years since Terence Conran plucked him from the obscurity of provincial academe, Stephen’s books, articles and exhibitions have changed the way people think of “design”.  With Terence, he created The Design Museum and is Chairman of The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust and Visiting Honorary Professor at Liverpool University School of Architecture.

About Roger Mavity

Roger’s first career was in advertising: he started his own business, ran it for ten years, and sold it. He then became a corporate CEO, heading Granada Group’s Technology and Leisure Divisions; moved to PR as Chairman of Citigate; became CEO of Terence Conran’s businesses for seven years; before becoming an art photographer and writer. 

He says that he has not yet decided what he wants to do when he grows up.

*Registered attendees of the webinar will also be able to purchase 'Terence - the man who invented design' book at a discounted rate.

**This event will be recorded and available only to those who have purchased a ticket.

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