Tomorrow sees the start of the London Design Festival, one of the world’s most important annual design events, and a continuing sign of London’s status as a global centre of creativity.
When Centre Point was built in the 1960s, there was a clear sense that ‘Swinging London’ was the place to be. But its stock as a creative capital has risen even higher since then – spanning not just music and fashion, but film, art, photography, dance, and most of all design.
One of the consistent stars throughout those years has been Sir Terence Conran. He founded his design practice in 1956, working on early store designs for Mary Quant. In 1964, he opened his first Habitat store in Chelsea. In the 1980s, his firm was behind the inspired reinvention of Butler’s Wharf on the South Bank, including the establishment of the world’s first dedicated Design Museum – which is now on the verge of a move to a new and bigger site in Kensington.
Last year, the London Design Festival presented its Lifetime Achievement Medal to Sir Terence Conran, in recognition of his pioneering work. But that work is still continuing. We’re proud to be working with Conran and Partners on the interior of the new Centre Point tower. The firm’s contemporary ethos, along with its Modernist heritage, made it the standout choice for the commission.
Sir Terence Conran says of the project: “Centre Point has always been the kind of building that gets designers hot under the collar. We hope to remain true to its spirit, and the spirit of the city at its foot.”
The project is being led by Tim Bowder-Ridger, Managing Director of Conran and Partners, who sees this as a unique opportunity. “Centre Point stands, both literally and figuratively, at the cultural heart of London. It is one of the city’s great landmarks, and we are thrilled to be bringing it into the 21st century.”
“When the revival of Centre Point is complete, we believe it will restore this building to its rightful place as one of London’s most cherished design classics: a modernist masterpiece in the heart of a great creative city.”