Restaurateur and design guru Sir Terence Conran, brushing aside the fact that he turns 85 next week (October 4), will unite his two areas of expertise with the opening of his latest restaurant at the new Design Museum in Kensington on November 24.
Parabola restaurant, which is named after the shape of the roof in the distinctive building, will be run during museum hours by head chef Graham Blower, then host guest chefs and private dinners in the evening.
Sir Terence founded the original Design Museum at Shad Thames in 1989, and donated £17million to enable its transfer to much bigger premises formerly occupied by the Commonwealth Institute in Kensington. Minimalist architect John Pawson has overseen the conversion.
The original Conran restaurant group was sold in 2007 to become D&D, but Sir Terence returned to the industry with business partner Peter Prescott and now owns hotels, restaurants and membership clubs in London including the Albion group, Lutyens and Boundary.
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