Design Museum Conran Exhibition, The Way We Live Now, Building, Architecture, London
Design Museum London : Sir Terence Conran Exhibition
Sir Terence Conran Show London, England, UK
16 Sep 2011
Sir Terence Conran Design Museum Exhibition
SIR TERENCE CONRAN’S 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
The Way We Live Now, a season of events, celebrating Sir Terence Conran’s 80th birthday, will be launched with an evening at Tate Modern on Tuesday 20 September 2011, featuring a panel discussion with Stephen Bayley, Christopher Frayling and Fiona MacCarthy.
Sir Terence Conran celebrates his 80th birthday on 4 October this year. A major retrospective exhibition exploring his unique impact on contemporary life in Britain will go on show at the Design Museum from 16 November 2011 – 4 March 2012.
Through his own design work, and also through his entrepreneurial flair, Conran has transformed the British way of life. The Way We Live Now examines Conran’s impact and legacy, whilst also showing his design approach and inspirations. The exhibition traces his career from post-war austerity through to the new sensibility of the Festival of Britain in the 1950s, the birth of the Independent Group and the Pop Culture of the 1960s, to the design boom of the 1980s and on to the present day. The exhibition is curated by Stafford Cliff and Deyan Sudjic.
Sir Terence’s donation to the new development of the Design Museum of a cash gift of £7.5m and the value of the sale of the lease of the current Design Museum building at Shad Thames valued in the region of £10m was announced in June 2011. The Design Museum plans to relocate from its current home at Shad Thames to the former Commonwealth Institute building, giving it three times more space in which to show a wider range of exhibitions, showcase its world-class collection and extend its learning programme.
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. In the 1980s Habitat was expanded and following a series of acquisitions evolved into Storehouse plc, of which he retired as Chairman in 1990. Today he is the Chairman of Conran Holdings, a design group with restaurants, shops and an architecture and design practice operating all over the world. He has been Provost of the Royal College of Art since 2003.
In 1982 he established the forerunner of the Design Museum, the Boilerhouse, in the basement of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The success of this project led to the opening of the Design Museum in 1989 at its current location in Shad Thames. Over the years the Conran Foundation has donated approximately £50m to the Design Museum and Boilerhouse projects.
Terence Conran Design Museum Exhibition
An evening celebrating the achievements of Terence Conran
20 Sep 2011, 18.30-20.30
TATE MODERN, Starr Auditorium
Tickets – £15 (£10 concessions/ Design Museum members)
Booking office – 020 7887 8888
Terence Conran – The Way We Live Now
16 Nov 2011 – 4 Mar 2012
Design Museum, London
The Design Museum marks Sir Terence Conran’s 80th birthday with a major exhibition that explores his unique impact on contemporary life in Britain. Through his own design work, and also through his entrepreneurial flair, Conran has transformed the look of the British home. He has established a design studio and an architectural practice with a worldwide reach.
He was the founder of Habitat and a pioneer of the new restaurant culture driven by a passion for simplicity. The exhibition traces his career from postwar austerity through to the new sensibility of the Festival of Britain in the 1950s, the birth of the Independent Group with its flare for the avant-garde and the Pop Culture of the 1960s, to the design boom of the 1980s on to the present day.
Sir Terence Conran Design Museum Exhibition image / information received 150911
Location: Shad Thames, London, England, UK
Architecture in London
Contemporary Architecture in London
London Architecture Links – chronological list
Design Museum London
Design Museum Building, Shad Thames, Bermondsey, southeast London
Design: Conran Roche – now Conran & Partners
photos © Luke Hayes
Design Museum Building
Design Museum Exhibitions
Urban Africa – A photographic journey by David Adjaye
David Adjaye Exhibition
David Chipperfield Architects Exhibition
David Chipperfield Exhibition
Future Systems Exhibition
Design Museum Jan Kaplicky Exhibition
photograph from Design Museum London
Another Architectural Exhibition at the London Design Museum:
Richard Rogers Design Museum Exhibition
RICHARD ROGERS + ARCHITECTS – FROM THE HOUSE TO THE CITY
24 Apr – 25 Aug 2008
One of the most influential British architects of our time, Richard Rogers has established himself and his practice at the forefront of today’s architectural culture through such high-profile projects as the Pompidou Centre, the headquarters for Lloyd’s of London, the Millennium Dome, the National Assembly for Wales and Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport.
Richard Rogers + Architects – From the House to the City will present a detailed survey of Rogers’ work. This spans the early years with Norman and Wendy Foster and Su Rogers at Team 4 in the 1960s and designing the Pompidou Centre with Renzo Piano in the 1970s, to the establishment of Richard Rogers Partnership – now Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners – and the numerous projects designed by the practice and built throughout the world over the past four decades.
The projects are arranged in colour-coded sections, with each ‘urban block’ evoking an architectural theme which examines a range of projects through new and archive models, photographs, drawings and films. In each thematic area – Transparent, Legible, Green, Lightweight, Public, Urban and Systems – projects that are particularly representative of that theme are explored. Rogers’ early career and influences are examined in an ‘Early Work’ section, and current projects by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are featured in a ‘Work in Progress’ section.
Richard Rogers + Architects – From the House to the City, curated by Nina Due and designed by Ab Rogers Design, will appear in the museum’s first floor gallery, with additional installations in the Design Museum Tank, the café, and the ground floor atrium space.
Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum said: “Richard Rogers has had the most remarkable career in British architecture. Beginning with an extraordinary family house in Cornwall, then changing the shape of post-war architecture with the Pompidou Centre, and now heading up an international office that is busier than ever. The Design Museum is delighted to stage this important exhibition, the first of Richard Rogers’ work in London since 1986.”
Richard Rogers said: “The Design Museum is part of contemporary London’s cultural revolution and one of my favourite museums. I am delighted that our work will be shown there.”
Richard Rogers + Architects – From the House to the City will visit the Design Museum as its first touring destination, having opened at the Pompidou Centre, Paris in 2007 to international acclaim.
Information from Design Museum in 2008
Richard Rogers Architect
Design Museum, Shad Thames, Bermondsey, southeast London
Design: Conran Roche – now Conran & Partners
RICHARD ROGERS IN CONVERSATION
25 JUNE £20
Richard Rogers, one of Britain’s most influential architects, is interviewed by BBC creative director Alan Yentob. After the event there will be an opportunity to view the exhibition Richard Rogers + Architects – From the House to the City.
Tickets are available in advance from [email protected] or
020 7940 8783 or ticketweb.co.uk doors open at 18.45, talk 19.15 to 20.30
RICHARD ROGERS BIOGRAPHY + SELECTED PROJECTS
1933 Born in Florence, Italy to Anglo-Irish parents
1939 The family moves to England
1954 Begins studies at the Architectural Association in London
1959 Graduates from Architectural Association; travels to United States to join Yale University Master’s programme
1963 Returns to the UK to found Team 4 with Su Brumwell and Norman and Wendy Foster
1966 Team 4’s first project is Creek Vean house in Cornwall
1967 Team 4 awarded Reliance Controls factory project in Swindon, Wiltshire
1977 Pompidou Centre, Paris, with Renzo Piano. Founds Richard Rogers Partnership with Marco Goldschmied and Mike Davies
1978 Wins competition for Lloyd’s Building, London
1989 Wins competition for Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport
1997 Barajas Airport, Madrid
1998 Law Courts, Antwerp
1998 National Assembly for Wales
2003 The Fourth Grace, Liverpool
2006 Practice awarded Stirling Prize for Madrid Barajas Airport
2007 Rogers appointed Pritzker Prize Laureate
2007 Selector for 25/25 – Celebrating 25 Years of Design exhibition at the Design Museum 29 March – 22 June
2008 Richard Rogers + Architects – From the House to the City exhibition opens at the Design Museum
Information from Design Museum Press Release received in 2008
Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
Design: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
image © Timothy Soar
Comments / photos for the Sir Terence Conran Exhibition at the Design Museum page welcome