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

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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