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To celebrate the 21st anniversary of Original BTC lighting and the centenary of Michelin House, Sir Terence Conran collaborated with the lighting manufacturer to design this retro-inspired Hector Bibendum table lamp.

A sensitive, charming yet witty adaptation of the original bone china model of the Hector light, the form of the new Hector Bibendum table lamp is inspired by the corpulent shape of the iconic Michelin Man and the signature cotton braided flex of Original BTC lighting.

“Having restored the eponymous Fulham Road building to its former glory in 1985, Terence Conran and the Michelin Man are indelibly linked,” explains the manufacturer founder and designer Peter Bowles. “My goal is to produce lights that will fit easily and comfortably for years to come and the Michelin Man’s longevity sits perfectly with this ethos.”

This limited edition piece, commissioned by Original BTC, is a fitting tribute to a relationship between Sir Terence Conran and the lighting manufacturers which has lasted over 20 years.

“The Conran Shop was one of the first retailers to stock their products, many of which can be spotted in our restaurants, hotels and contract projects” explains designer Sir Terence Conran.

Slipcast by hand at the Stoke-on-Trent factory of Original BTC, the bone china shade and base are dipped in glaze after biscuit-firing to achieve the high-gloss finish, and assembled together with a satin aluminium pole and cotton braided cable.

The silhouette of the Hector Bibendum table lamp is instantly comfortable, unassumingly elegant and will complement traditional and contemporary interiors.

Requires 1 x max 40w E27 bulb (not included)

Terence Conran

Sir Terence Conran is a name that has become synonymous with furniture design around the world. Born in 1931, Conran enrolled at the Central School of Art and Design, London in 1948 however departed in 1951 at the age of 19 to work for architect Dennis Lennon. In 1952 Conran set himself up as an independent designer opening Conran & Company from a basement in Notting Hill.

Driven by the notion of establishing a shop that would sell modern designs to the general public he founded home furnishing chain Habitat with the first opening in Chelsea in 1964. The success of Habitat further fuelled Conran’s retail ambitions and in 1973 the first branch of The Conran Shop opened on the site of the original Habitat store in Chelsea.

In 1990 he set up Conran Holdings from an apartment in Shad Thames, London and had a major role in the regeneration of the area close to Tower Bridge, which was managed through the Conran Foundation: a charitable fund set up in 1980. In addition to his success in the retail sector Conran has achieved notable triumphs in other pursuits. He has written over 30 informative books that broadly reflect his design philosophy, selling over 20 million copies of his publications worldwide.

Over the past 50 years the name Conran has become linked with restaurants. Initially opening up The Soup Kitchen in 1952 Conran has subsequently opened more than 30 restaurants in central London, Paris, Copenhagen, New York and Tokyo. 


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