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Sir Terence Conran: 80 years old and still designing

Sir Terence Conran: 80 years old and still designing

He founded the Habitat chain of home furnishings stores in the 1960s and 1970s, revolutionising UK high streets by bringing intelligent, modern design within reach of the general population. Fast-forward to the 90s and he built another group of companies involved in design, retailing, restaurants and hotels. He’s written over 30 books on design philosophy and founded the Design Museum in London. You’d think that for Sir Terence Conran, the man behind this exhaustive resume, turning 80 might be a good reason to slow down. Not so. 

His latest design venture brings him firmly into the digital age with the creation of the Conran Audio iPod Dock, launched in Europe in September last year and already available here in New Zealand. 

Describing his new design, Sir Terence Conran said: “It is a dedicated 100 percent pure music player, that works with docked iPhones and iPods or wirelessly with Bluetooth-enabled devices such as the iPad, allowing you to select songs from the comfort of an armchair or, if it’s your thing, while dancing around the room.” 

Combining an elegant design aesthetic with an impressive audio performance engineered by Q Acoustics, Conran’s design touch is obvious. Two examples are the illuminated ring around the input selector knob, which changes colour to indicate which source has been selected, and the remote control which fits neatly into the side of the dock when not in use. 

For Conran, design needs to be functional, something he alluded to in a recent interview you can view here. 

“Design is used to improve the quality of people’s lives,” —something he said he could go on about "forever and ever and a day".

If you fancy getting your hands on this piece of designer audio, here's where you need to go: www.capisco.co.nz