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Carolyn Asome

Carolyn Asome is a fashion and interiors writer and brand consultant. She was a fashion editor at The Times for 14 years and now contributes to the Saturday and Sunday Times Style magazine, the Telegraph, Evening Standard magazine, Vogue and Smallish. She lives in London with her husband, two daughters and one son.
David Austin

David Austin is the creator of the English Roses, an entirely new style of roses that have achieved international recognition. With his eldest son David J. C. Austin, he owns one of the world's leading rose nurseries, David Austin Roses. At Albrighton in Shropshire the family-run business has created rose gardens containing over 800 varieties. More than 1.2 million roses are grown for sale every year and the team carries out one of the largest rose breeding programmes in the world, selecting each year's new introductions after eight years of trialling. Born in 1926, David Austin has been breeding and hybridizing roses for more than sixty years and is still very active at the nursery, devoting most of his time to developing new roses. His previous books on roses include the best-selling David Austin's English Roses (Conran Octopus), which won a Garden Writer's Guild Award. He was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2003 for his services to horticulture and the Dean Hole Medal by the Royal National Rose Society. He has received an Honorary MSc from the University of East London for his work on rose breeding, and in 2007 was awarded an OBE.
Stephen Bayley

Stephen Bayley is one of the world's best known commentators on modern culture. In 1989 he was made a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France's top artistic honour, by the French Minister of Culture. Stephen Bayley has been a design consultant working on imaginative communications projects for Ford, Jaguar, Fiat, Audi and BMW amongst others, and wrote the creative strategy for Mercedes-Benz' advertisments. He has written extensively for Car magazine. Stephen was awarded PPA Columnist of the Year for his car column in GQ (which ran for about eight years) and he wrote very popular regular car columns for the Daily Telegraph and Management Today. He is also well-known as an outspoken commentator on art and design and has contributed to the Times, the Daily Mail, the Observer, the Evening Standard, the Guardian, the Spectator, the Los Angeles Times, High Life, New Statesman, the Independent, and the Independent on Sunday as well as many trade and professional publications.
John Campbell

John Campbell has had Michelin recognition for the past 12 years and was awarded a second Michelin star in 2007 during his time was Head Chef at The Vineyard, in Berkshire. Among a host of accolades, his continued dedication to the industry was further acknowledged when he received the honourable Catey Award for 'Chef of the Year 2008'. In 2009 John joined the prestigious Dorchester Collection where he was appointed Director of Cuisine and Food and Beverage for their new luxury country house hotel and spa, Coworth Park.
Shelley-Maree Cassidy

Shelley-Maree Cassidy is a habitual traveller. Together with Grant Sheehan, they have produced two previous books for Conran Octopus A Place to Stay and A Moving Experience.
Bobby Chinn

Half Chinese, half Egyptian, raised in England, lived in San Francisco and New York and now based in Hanoi, Bobby Chinn is one of the most respected chefs in Asia. Coming from a family of great cooks Bobby has always been passionate about food and he was taken under the wings of various cutting edge San Francisco chefs - Hubert Keller, Gary Danko, and Traci des Jardine where he learnt his trade. He now owns his own restaurant in Hanoi and his series on Asia is being filmed for Discovery. He has also appeared in the UK on BBC2's Saturday Kitchen and Full On Food.
Naomi Cleaver

Perhaps best known as a presenter of popular television shows on the design and decoration of homes.... and even food - "Grand Design's: Trade Secrets"; "Honey, I Ruined the House" Channel 4; "Other People's Houses" Channel 4; "Britain's Best Home" Channel 4; "The Greatest Dishes in the World" Sky One - Naomi is an interior designer, design consultant and writer distinguished by a design philosophy that has been described as "warm, eccentric...clever, idiosyncratic" Grand Designs Magazine; "dramatic, witty and just a little bit racy" Elle Decoration. www.naomicleaver.com
Stafford Cliff

Stafford Cliff is a distinguished graphic designer, art director and author. He joined the Conran Design Group in 1966 subsequenly creating the best selling 'House Book' and has continued to work with Terence on many projects from shops and airports to corporate identities. He is best known for his recent book 'The Way We Live' - a massive global survey of homes around the world.
Lauren Cochrane

Lauren Cochrane is a fashion journalist based in London. Currently Assistant Fashion Editor at the Guardian, Lauren has written for Vogue, the Financial Times and Wallpaper* magazine. She was previously Deputy Editor of i-D magazine.
Confetti.Co.Uk

Confetti.co.uk is the UK's leading wedding and special occasion website, helping more than 500,000 brides, grooms and guests every month.
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Confetti.co.uk is the UK's leading wedding and special occasion website, helping more than 500,000 brides, grooms and guests every month.
Terence Conran

Terence Conran is one of the world's best-known designers, restaurateurs and retailers. In the 1960s he founded Habitat - the chain of homeware stores that brought good, modern design within reach of the general population for the very first time.Over the subsequent 50 years Terence built another group of companies centred around design, retailing, restaurants and hotels. Today, Conran owns restaurants and shops in eight cities throughout the world and a design business serving many international clients that includes architecture and interior design, product and graphic design and brand licensing.In January 2011 Conran began working with Marks & Spencer in the UK, designing an exclusive range of homewares for the store. In 2012 Conran signed a deal to collaborate with US retail giant jcpenney to design an exclusive range of furniture, lighting and accessories for the home. The initial collection launched in spring 2013 into 300 jcpenney stores throughout the US and there will be new ranges launching each spring and autumn.Terence was knighted for his services to design in 1983 and has been provost of the Royal College of Art in London. In 1982 he opened the very first museum in the world dedicated to design, which is now the celebrated Design Museum in London, due to move to new premises in 2015 thanks to a massive expansion programme.
Jasper Conran

Jasper Conran is an internationally successful designer with a brand recognized all over the world. He is most recognized for his couture fashion and his diffusion line, J by Jasper Conran, for Debenhams. He also designs crystal and china for Wedgwood, glassware, homeware, fragrances, fabrics, jewellery, wallpaper and furniture. He has won numerous awards including British Fashion Designer of the Year and the Prince's Medal.
The Design Museum

The Design Museum's mission is to celebrate, entertain and inform. It is the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to fashion, and architecture to graphics. It is working to place design at the centre of contemporary culture and demonstrates both the richness of the creativity to be found in all forms of design, and its importance.
Henry Dimbleby

Leon was founded on the twin principles that food can both Taste Good and Do You Good.When Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy opened their first restaurant, on London's Carnaby Street in July 2004, their aim was to change the face of fast food. Six months after opening, Leon was named the Best New Restaurant in Great Britain at the Observer Food Monthly Awards (by a judging panel that included Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay, Nigel Slater, Heston Blumenthal, Ruth Rogers and Jay Rayner). There are now nine restaurants serving over 50,000 people a week.
Tom Dixon

Designer, manufacturer, hard-headed business man, visionary thinker, engager and charismatic speaker, O.B.E., sardonic, amusingly off message - the enfant terrible of the design industry, Tom Dixon is a self-educated maverick whose only qualification is a one-day course in plastic bumper repair. These welding skills were soon put to work as Dixon explored the decorative and structural potential of recycled materials and industrial scrap. As Dixon's international reputation grew, he was approached by Italian furniture design company, Cappellini who worked to put some of his designs into major production. The "S" chair made Tom Dixon's name and now has a permanent place in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Tom was Creative Director of Habitat, and largely credited for turning round their reputation. He designed Habitat's flagship store on Regent Street and still consults for them as non-exec Creative Director. Dixon has now taken ownership of the Finnish furniture brand Artek founded by Alvar Alto. Artek has played a very important role in design history and Finnish national life.
Monty Don

Monty Don is one of Britain's leading garden writers and broadcasters. He has presented numerous gardening programmes on television including a five year stint as lead presenter of BBC's Gardener's World and Around the World in 80 Gardens. He has published 12 books including The Complete Gardener, The Jewel Garden (with his wife Sarah) and Growing Out of Trouble which describes his attempts to establish a small holding growing organic vegetables with local drug addicts. He was gardening correspondent for the Observer for 12 years and now writes for the Daily Mail. He is an organic farmer as well as gardener and is President of The Soil Association.
Sarah Don

Sarah Don is a designer and worked with her husband, Monty, to set up their successful jewellery company 'Monty Don'. Since moving to Herefordshire, she has combined bringing up three children with training as an architect. She has created more than four gardens with Monty and is currently involved in setting up and running an organic farm.
Jo Ellison

Jo Ellison was the features director of Vogue between 2005 and 2014. A former history graduate, she worked extensively in the Vogue archive and has written numerous features about the magazine's illustrious relationships with photographers past and present, from Cecil Beaton to David Bailey and Juergen Teller. She is now the fashion editor at The Financial Times.
Chloe Fox

Chloe Fox is a contributing editor to Vogue, where she spent three years working on the Features desk. Over the years, she has interviewed a number of its cover stars, including Sienna Miller, Keira Knightley and Helena Bonham Carter. She is also the author of two of the biographies in the hugely popular Vogue On Series - Vogue On Alexander McQueen and Vogue On Manolo Blahnik.