60 years of design.

Celebrating 60 years of design

Habitat has launched the 60 Years of Design collection, a series of 60 exclusive design stories. Habitat's talented in-house team and In collaboration with esteemed designers, the exclusive collection covers furniture, tableware, textiles and accessories and brings icons of the design world to the high street. Harnessing a range of styles and aesthetics, each piece is united by exceptional craftmanship and a consideration for unique, practical and enduring design.  The collection heralds the return of much-loved archive designs, from the 1960's to the early 2000's, reimagined for the modern homes by the Habitat's in-house design studio.

Our Heritage

Our heritage.

Habitat was born over 60 years ago in 1964. In that time we've brought so many innovative designs to the UK, from the wok to the duvet, flat-pack furniture to chicken bricks, and we're not stopping there. Discover our defining moments below.


What’s the big idea?

What’s the big idea?

In 1964 Terence Conran and friends set out to bring London a new, European way to shop for contemporary homeware. Duvets, chicken bricks, paper pendant shades and a selection of modern, stylish home furnishings arrive in the UK courtesy of Habitat.

Cataloguing cool.

Cataloguing cool

Habitat’s first printed broadsheet catalogue is published in 1966, which offers a peek of products curated in store with illustrations by Juliet Glynn Smith.

Going postal.

Going postal

Habitat By Post launches in 1966, allowing those out of reach of a Habitat store to buy into the lifestyle.


Getting carried away.

Getting carried away

In 1971 Habitat furniture is available in store from ‘take-away’ racks – the flat pack revolution has arrived.

Image rights.

Image rights

Habitat commissions a collection of original prints from four of Britain's most important contemporary artists including David Hockney and Peter Blake.

Back to basics.

Back to basics

Habitat launches its new Basic Habitat range, a collection designed for a market that has been badly hit by the recession.

Thinking out of the box.

Thinking out of the box

It's now possible to order the essential elements to furnish a three-bedroom house - all packaged in a six-foot-high container – via the new Housepack service.


Living in colour.

Living in colour

Habitat launches the Graffiti sofa, which comes with a loose white cover; red, blue and yellow spray kit; plus stencils for applying your own pattern.

Open kitchen.

Open kitchen

Chef Michel Guerard collaborates with Habitat on a range of new cookware: "If there is no great cooking without imagination – there is no good cooking without good equipment," he declares.

Paradise city.

Paradise city

In 1985 modern urban dwelling is the height of cool and, accordingly, Habitat launches its 'City Living' collection.

New trends, new directions.

New trends, new directions

Habitat expands its collection by launching Habitat fitted bedrooms and teams up with the Victoria & Albert Museum on a range of fabrics and wallpapers.


Thirty is the magic number.

Thirty is the magic number

Habitat celebrates its 30th birthday in 1994 with a major exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum: Selling Lifestyle, 30 Years of Habitat.

Going clubbing.

Going clubbing

The Habitat Art Club comes to life, selling original paintings from young artists and limited-edition prints from established names including Tracey Emin and Gillian Wearing.

Legendary talent.

Legendary talent

20th Century Legends - a collection of thirteen re-editions by legendary contemporary designers – makes its debut in 1999.


Habitat’s heart.

Habitat’s heart

In May 2002 Habitat announces an evolutionary change to its famous word mark, by adding a symbol depicting the 'heart within the home'.

Notorious VIP.

Notorious VIP

In 2004 the VIP (Very Important Products) collection makes its mark with 22 products designed by a series of experts and famous names.


A series of collaborations.

A series of collaborations

Working with the likes of Shrimps, House of Holland and Luke Edward Hall, a new series is introduced to create limited edition collections like no other with acclaimed artists and creatives.

Habitat joins the Sainsbury's Group.

Habitat joins the Sainsbury's Group

In 2017, the Sainsbury’s Group acquire the UK arm of the brand, along with Argos.


Celebrating 60 years of design.

60 years of design

To celebrate Habitat's 60th anniversary, Habitat has launched the 60 Years of Design collection. Alongside Habitat's in-house team, the collection includes pieces created in collaboration with esteemed designers in the industry. Sebastian Conran, Felix Conran, Margo Selby and Tord Boontje join the exciting roster of talent, along with artist and designer Simone Brewster, ceramcist Silva Kamodyova, furniture makers Plan q, and former New designers exhibitors Callum Hall and Guy Selwood-Miller. The exclusive collection covers furniture, tableware, textiles and accessories and brings icons of the design world to the high street. 

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