Sir Terence Conran ‘talks design’ at Bedales

Students, teachers, parents and members of our community were enthralled by Sir Terence Conran’s interview in the Olivier Theatre last week, where he was centre stage ‘Talking Design’ with designer and Old Bedalian Matthew Rice. Matthew prompted fascinating answers from Sir Terence on postmodern design, the inception of Habitat, his career as a restaurateur and the inspirations behind his many entrepreneurial ideas. The audience enjoyed hearing anecdotes such as when Baroness Thatcher was invited to open the Design Museum in London. Sir Terence gave insights into his inspiration behind furniture design and how observations of dreary 1950s interiors sparked ideas that transformed the furniture and home interiors industry. Read more. View photos.

Sir Terence Conran


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.