Tom Ang is a leading authority on digital photography, a photographer, author, TV broadcaster, and traveller. He won the Thomas Cook award for Best Illustrated Travel Book for his photographic coverage of the Marco Polo Expedition, which pioneered the modern Silk Road crossing from Europe to China. He has worked as a magazine editor, picture editor, and technical journalist. He has exhibited internationally and was Senior Lecturer in Photographic Practice at the University of Westminster, London, for over 12 years. Among his many books on photography and video is the bestselling Digital Photographer's Handbook. Tom has also presented the successful TV series A Digital Picture of Britain for BBC4 and BBC2.
Jon Ardle is technical editor for the RHS magazine The Garden, specializing in bonsai and Japanese gardens. He is the author of two books on bamboos and grasses and lives in Peterborough.
Harry Baker was for many years Fruit Officer at RHS Wisley, where he presided over 16 acres of fruit. He is an Associate of Honour of the RHS, a member of the fruit and vegetable committee and one of the country's best-known fruit experts. He lives in Hampshire.
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.
Hayley Campbell, who spent many months rummaging through Neil's attic to source the material for this book, was born in England and lived in Australia for 20 years before moving to London, where she writes for the New Statesman, The Comics Journal and McSweeney's. She is currently working on her first novel, and can often be found committing terrible acts of amateur taxidermy.
Anne Cardwell trained as a graphic designer and worked in leading London design consultancies, before turning to mosaics. Blending her artistic talent and flair for interior design with her love of working with and inspiring others, Anne does mosaic community projects and commissions and runs mosaic workshops for all ages.
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.
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.
Gemma Correll is a freelance illustrator, coffee drinker and sometime ukulele player, based in deepest, darkest England. Gemma has exhibited her work in galleries and shop windows around the world and her artwork has been reproduced on everything from placemats to t-shirts to umbrellas. She has also had her work published in various books, annuals and magazines and has undertaken commissions to paint murals on the walls of pubs and shops in the UK and the USA. Gemma's artwork has been described as 'the perfect combination of ugly and cute', which she hopes is a compliment!
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.
Clare Foster is Garden Editor at Home & Garden magazine and a freelance garden journalist. She spent 10 years at Gardens Illustrated magazine, latterly as Editor, and has written three books: From Bud to Seed: Perennials and From Bud to Seed: Annuals (Conran Octopus 2001) and Compost (Cassell Illustrated 2002). After having her own allotment in West London for many years she has recently moved to the countryside to expand her vegetable plot. Author lives: Oxfordshire, England
Diarmuid Gavin owns his own garden design business, designing and creating bespoke gardens for both private and commercial clients. He won 2 Gold medals at the Royal Dublin Society and subsequently exhibited at RHS Chelsea 3 times, winning Silver Gilt in 2004 for his Contemporary Suburban Garden.He has been a regular face on television since the pioneering series Home Front with Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen in the late 1990s; a regular slot with Alan Titchmarsh presenting Chelsea and many hit series in his native Ireland. Most recently he has starred to huge acclaim in Rich, Famous and Unemployed and in 71 Degrees North. Diarmuid has written 6 books on garden design including two with Sir Terence Conran.
Diana Grenfell is a writer and international lecturer on hostas, daylilies, and other horticultural topics. She was a co-founder of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society and lives in London.
Vivienne Gucwa is a New Yorker, born and bred. She began shooting the city in 2009 with no formal training and a simple point-and-shoot camera. In 2010 she started sharing these pictures on her blog New York Through the Lens and is now followed by millions.
The late Terry Hewitt grew cacti and succulents for more than 40 years. He owned and ran the Holly Gate Cactus Nursery and Holly Gate Cactus Garden in Ashington, West Sussex.
Lesley Jackson is an independent writer and curator specializing in 20th century design. She is the author of many highly-acclaimed books on post-war design, including The New Look: Design in the Fifties (1991), 'Contemporary' Architecture and Interiors of the 1950s (1994) and The Sixties: Decade of Design Revolution (1998). An expert on modern textiles, her recent books include From Atoms to Patterns: Crystal Structure Designs from the 1951 Festival of Britain (2007) and Shirley Craven and Hull Traders: Revolutionary Fabrics and Furniture 1957-1980 (2009). In 2001 she curated the major exhibition Robin and Lucienne Day: Pioneers of Contemporary Design and wrote the book of the same name, held at the Barbican Art Gallery, London. A retrospective celebration of the Days' work was also held this year at the Pallant House Art Gallery in Chicester.
Orla Kiely is the visionary and founder of a global brand. An expert on print and colour, she has created a world that is renowned for its individual voice and unique perspective on both fashion and homeware. Her flagship store in London's Covent Garden is the epicentre of a global business that has won four prestigious UK Fashion Export Awards. Her work is presented at London Fashion Week, and extends into luggage, stationery, gardening and homeware. The Orla Kiely design studio has collaborated with leading brands such as Heal's, Clarks, Apple and Uniqlo.
Best-known as co-presenter of BBC TV's "Gardeners' World", Carol Klein is an internationally renowned gardener. Marchester-born Carol moved to Devon in the late 1970s with her two daughters. She started propagating plants because she couldn't afford to buy the ones she wanted for her own garden. Friends suggested she sell the spares, so Carol opened a stall in the local market, and eventually she opened her own nursery which is now a thriving business. Carol has designed four commercial show gardens at Chelsea, won five Cheslsea gold medals. Carol has presented several gardening shows since her television debut on Gardeners' World in 1989, including Garden Party, Wild About the Garden and Real Gardens. Carol also writes regularly for Gardeners World magazine, House & Garden and is a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph Gardening section.
Andrew Lawson, photographer, was a major contributor to Highgrove, Portrait of an Estate by HRH The Prince of Wales, and as author and photographer has published Performance Plants, and The Gardener's Book of Colour. In 1999 he was named 'Garden Photographer of the Year' by the Garden Writers' Guild. Andrew Lawson lives in Oxfordshire.
Daphne Ledward is a profilic writer and broadcaster on all aspects of gardening. She started her gardening career with BBC Radio Lincolnshire and has been a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time and Classic FM's Gardening Forum for 18 months. She has also appeared on television programmes such as Gardeners' Direct Line (BBC 1), By Day (Sky 1), Homes and Gardens Livetime (Granada Breeze), Grass Roots (Meridian) and How Does Your Garden Grow? (UK Style/BBC 2), and was the gardening 'expert' on Radio 2's Jimmy Young Show.