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Conran: Terence honoured as a Royal Designer for Industry

We are delighted to announce that Terence has been honoured for his lifetime’s work in using good design to improve the quality of people’s lives:

He is among five of the UK’s best designers who will be recognised for their outstanding contribution to design and society by becoming Royal Designers for Industry (RDI) at an award ceremony held at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) on Thursday 25 November.

Terence, and fellow award-winners Patrick Bellew, Peter Clegg, Edward Cullinan, and David Watkins will join a select group of designers who currently hold the RDI, regarded as the highest honour a designer can receive in the UK.

I am very proud to have been appointed a Royal Designer for Industry and that my lifetime in design has been acknowledged in this way. I have spent over fifty years in design, business and retail working to demonstrate the importance of intelligent design not just to the economy but also to the quality of people’s lives, which is why I am especially delighted to accept this award recognizing innovation and industry.

The distinction Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) was established by the RSA in 1936 to enhance the status of designers in industry and to encourage a high standard of industrial design.  It is given to practising designers who have shown sustained design excellence, work of aesthetic value and significant benefit to society.

Only 200 designers are able to hold the distinction RDI at any one time, there are now 133 RDIs and 56 Honorary RDIs. Other members of the Faculty include Jonathan Ive, James Dyson, Vivienne Westwood, Thomas Heatherwick and Jasper Morrison.

Click back next week for pictures of the event

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