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Highly influential British designer and design retailer, born in Kingston upon Thames, London, Conran is renowned for his impact on the British awareness of design through his various retail projects. In 1947, he enrolled at the Central School of Art & Crafts, London, where he studied textile design. While attending the course in 1949, he founded a furniture design studio with Independent Group cofounder, Eduardo Paolozzi. Despite leaving his course early, he was employed by architect David Lennon, allowing Conran to work on Lennon’s displays for the 1951 Festival of Britain.
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