OUR HERITAGE

1964

What's The
Big Idea?

Terence Conran and friends set out to bring London a new, European way to shop for contemporary homeware.

1964

Sunday 10 May
Making Headlines

The Sunday Times titles its glowing review of the new Habitat store on Fulham Road, 'What the smart chicks are buying'.

1964

Monday 11 May
Lift Off!

The doors are open! Duvets, chicken bricks, paper pendant shades and a selection of modern, stylish home furnishings arrive in London courtesy of Habitat.

1966

Cataloguing
Cool

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

1966

Breaking New
Ground

With sales consistently up at Fulham Road, a new Habitat store opens on Tottenham Court Road.

1966

Going
Postal

For the first time, Habitat By Post allows those out of reach of a Habitat store to buy into the lifestyle.

1971

Getting
Carried Away

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

1972

Image
Rights

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

1973

Sex
Sells

Outrage ensues when the '73 catalogue shows a scantily clad couple lounging in bed with nothing but a Hadji duvet to cover their birthday suits.

1974

Tour De
France

The first French Habitat store in Tour Montparnasse is a roaring success with Parisians.

1977

Thinking Outside
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.

1980

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.

1981

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.

1981

A House
Extension

Habitat undergoes huge expansion both in the UK and internationally with 53 stores around the globe.

1984

Country
File

Habitat introduces its 'Country' collection – a family of products with a rustic look and feel.

1985

Paradise
City

Modern urban dwelling is now the height of cool and, accordingly, Habitat launches its 'City Living' collection.

1989

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.

1994

Thirty Is The
Magic number

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

1996

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.

1998

The Way
Of Zen

1998 brings a strong Japanese influence in which 'layered living' is the chic, new style.

1998

Directed
Development

Tom Dixon joins Habitat as Head of Design becoming Creative Director in 2001, a role he will hold until 2008.

1999

A New
Look

Entitled 'People, Places, Culture, Style, Beauty, Ideas, HOMES, Things to Buy', Habitat's 1999 annual catalogue highlights a bold new look for the brand.

1999

Legendary
Talent

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

2002

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'.

2004

Notorious
VIP

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

2007

Hello
Theo

Theo Williams is announced as new Creative Director of Habitat. A post he will hold until 2011.

2017

A Series
Of Collaborations

Working with the likes of House of Holland and Jackson & Levine, a new series is introduced to create limited edition collections like no other with acclaimed artists and creatives.

2017

Habitat Joins The
Sainsbury's Group

The Sainsbury’s Group acquire the UK arm of the brand, along with Argos. The brand also opens their first Mini Habitat inside Sainsbury’s stores.

2018

New Flagship
Stores Open

The doors are open! Two new flagship Habitat stores open in Brighton and Westfield White City in London.

2018

Shrimps X Habitat
Collaboration

The Shrimps X Habitat collection lands. Shrimps founder, Hannah Weiland, translates her iconic designs into a series of must-have textiles and artwork for the home.

2018

Say Hello
To Kate

Kate Butler joins Habitat as Head of Design.

2019

Quentin Jones
For Habitat

Mixed-media artist Quentin Jones collaborates with Habitat to create a statement collection of rugs and cushions.

2019

Brighton-inspired
Designs

The Brighton Art Project competition launches, allowing one lucky artist to win the chance to create their own limited-edition Habitat product.

2019

Luke Edward Hall
X Habitat Collaboration

Artist Luke Edward Hall launches his first capsule collection for Habitat with a range of sofas, lighting and accessories.