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The furniture retailer Habitat has lost its identity but there may be hope of recovery.

Valentina Park
  • 7 july 2011



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This article titled “Habitat’s Identikit crisis” was written by Justin McGuirk, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 5th July 2011 16.24 UTC

There has been hand-wringing aplenty since the announcement 10 days ago that Habitat has called in the administrators. With the dismantling of the UK’s venerable high-street design chain and the potential loss of 750 jobs, it’s no wonder the media has been quick to hover its magnifying glass over “British design”. Yesterday, the Radio 4 programme You and Yours asked, “Has the demise of Habitat damaged Britain’s design image?” Fear not: British design is alive and well. But British retail – that’s another matter.

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