News: Terence Conran, Grayson Perry and Kevin McCloud have backed a manifesto from the UK's Crafts Council calling on the government to protect craft skills, as protestors try to save a degree course at one of Britain's leading arts universities. More
Feature: the first branch of Habitat opened its doors 50 years ago today, changing the British public's relationship with furniture and homeware forever. But can the shop that brought flat-pack furniture, the duvet and the wok to the UK make a come back, asks Dezeen editor Anna Winston (+ slideshow).
Dezeen Wire: Sir Terence Conran is launching a competition with the British government to give communities the chance to design housing for their local areas. More
Dezeen Wire: in his latest article for The Guardian, architecture and design critic Rowan Moore interviews Terence Conran ahead of an exhibition dedicated to his career at the Design Museum, which opens on 16 November.
In the article Moore suggest that Conran's greatest successes have been the businesses he's founded rather than the products or interiors he's designed, which Moore adds are "a little too managed, manipulated, packaged and don't quite communicate the fun he has got out of life, as if constrained by some invisible boundary."
A season of events celebrating his life and work will be launched with an evening at Tate Modern on Tuesday 20 September featuring a panel discussion with Stephen Bayley, Christopher Frayling and Fiona MacCarthy. More