Another French Revolution: Design & Prisunic in the 1970’s

From Terence Conran to Andrée Putman, major names in the design industry embarked upon Prisunic's quest for "Beauty for the price of ugliness", and good design for all. It all started during the 1930's, following the stock market crash of 1929, when famous Parisian department store Le Printemps decided to spruce up and launch a new concept. In 1936, the brand "Prisunic" was born (literally: "unique prices"). From the beginning, this innovative approach met a huge success. Renowned furniture and graphic designers or photographers gradually whipped up the perfect image, offering an avant-garde lifestyle and an affordable "new look" for interiors that left a strong imprint. The epitome of Prisunic's success came in the 1970s. (...)

La retraite de Monsieur Conran: Terence Conran steps down

Terence Conran is retiring: aged 82, the design mogul is stepping down as chairman of the Conran Shop and the Conran + Partners design consultancy, handing the reins to his son Jasper, 54. Last year, I asked him his definition of "sleek design" (and many other questions), to which he gave a surprising answer. Read the interview after the jump (in both English and French)…

Terence Conran: Define Sleek Design?

I've been lucky enough, recently, to ask a few questions to Sir Terence Conran. J'ai récemment eu la chance de poser quelques questions à Sir Terence Conran. I could not resist: Based on his 60-year experience, what would his definition of "sleek design" be? ""Sleek design", "Good design"... It’s the question I have been asked perhaps more than any other but always end up tying myself in knots trying to answer." (...) Et je n'ai pas résisté à l'envie de lui demander ce que, fort d'une expérience de 60 ans, serait sa définition du "sleek design". ""Sleek design", "Good design"... Peut-être est-ce la question qui m'a été le plus souvent posée, mais je finis toujours par m'emmêler les pinceaux en tentant d'y répondre." (...)