It’s restaurateur, designer, writer and philanthropist Sir Terence Conran’s 81st birthday next month (on 4 October). Last year, to commemorate his 80th, among other things, he donated £17.5m to the Design Museum, which he founded more than 30 years ago in the basement of the Victoria & Albert museum. Last week, the relocation of the Design Museum from Shad Thames to the former Commonwealth Institute on Kensington High Street began. The ambitious project will offer the museum three times the amount of floorspace of the old building and cement it’s position as an international centre for design. blogs.independent.co.uk speaks to the father of modern British design about this incredibly important pet project.
Physics was never my favourite subject. The two traumatic years I spent studying it for GCSEs were a haze of misunderstood equations and botched experiments. But in the midst of all the stress, there was one voice of reason – my physics teacher. His refrain of ‘it’s just common sense’ had the power to suddenly illuminate the simplicity behind the initially unfathomable.
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