When Sir Terence Conran opened his first Habitat shop in 1964 and inspired a nation to experience a more optimistic way of life, he was sharing his own way of life. For the next five years, the displays in the store’s catalogue were often photographed at the house he shared with his third wife, Caroline Herbert, off Regent’s Park in central London.

Sir Terence, who died September 12 at 88, gave us the duvet, the wok, the beanbag and the chicken brick. Then, after he had completed the “Conranisation” of the high street by the 1980s, he moved on to restaurants such as Quaglino’s and Pont de La Tour, chosen by Tony Blair to woo Bill Clinton in 1997 as New Labour tried to reinvent the country as Cool Britannia.

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