Habitat is a retailer of household furnishings in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and has franchised outlets in other countries. It was founded in 1964 by Terence Conran and has always been one of my favourite stores. Sadly, its days are numbered as it falls victim to the recession. This is a dark day for people who appreciate good design. Habitat supplied me with accessories as an art student in the 1980s, stylish and functional ephemera for my first flat in the 1990s, and I now sit in a design studio surrounded by Habitat bits and pieces. Yesterday, I visited my local branch probably for the last time and made my final purchases, surrounded by hideously designed tatty ‘everything must go’ signs in garish yellow and red. If anything must go, it should be these ugly signs. Another one bites the dust.

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