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
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.
Head of creative, Charlotte Cosby, has been working with Farrow & Ball for the past eight years. Charlotte began her career in finance, but she soon realized that her heart was in the creative world and she moved to Farrow & Ball in 2006. She has full responsibility for creative direction, including product development, brand identity, photography, showroom design and much more. Charlotte is passionate about pattern, colour and design and spends much of her free time redecorating her beautiful Victorian apartment by the sea.
Nicole Fulton is the director of Walnut, a company she set up offering a range of furniture pieces, old and new, reupholstered in an innovative collection of contemporary fabrics. Having previously worked in the equities division of a major investment bank in London, Nicole now travels extensively around Europe sourcing unique and interesting pieces for reupholstery.
While working for House & Garden, Catriona Gray stumbled across the magazine's extensive archives. The leather-bound volumes gave no indication of the riot of design inspiration hidden inside. When not leafing though old volumes of magazines, Catriona can be found at Town & Country and Harper's Bazaar, and is reviews editor for the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.
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.
Living and breathing everything to do with the home, Megan Morton has been called on to style, design and work her 'house whispering' powers for celebrities, magazines and her next-door neighbours. Her work has been featured on the covers of international glossies including Elle Decoration UK and Vanity Fair. Locally, her clients include Vogue Living, In Style and Inside Out magazines. Her column for the 'Good Weekend' magazine in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age inspired her first book, Home Love. When she's not dressing homes and styling mantelpieces, Megan works creating 'luxury atmospheres' for special occasions and dreams up beautiful rooms that make people obscenely happy. She also has a school where she teaches, along with other inspired people, the tricks of the trade - theschool.com.au
Alan Powers, the General Editor of this revised edition, is Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich School of Architecture and Landscape, London. He has published several books and monographs on English architecture, interiors and decorative arts including Modern: The Modern Movement in Britain and the bestselling Living with Books (also Mitchell Beazley) which was translated in 6 languages. He is a regular contributor to Country Life, Grand Designs magazine and The Spectator.
Anna Spiro is a Brisbane-based interior designer with a passion for vibrant colour. In addition to running her renowned interior design practice and shop, Black & Spiro, Anna is the author of an internationally acclaimed blog, Absolutely Beautiful Things. She has a flair for layering fabrics and textiles with antiques and special one-off pieces to create a diverse and inspiring space full of individual charm.
Having joined Farrow & Ball over 19 years ago, Joa Studholme has amassed a vast wealth of experience. From developing the new colours to consulting on design projects, Joa has worked with the paints and papers every day on both residential and commercial projects. A self-confessed 'colour-geek', Joa's passion for interior design and colour means her own home is under constant renovation and she claims to redecorate it at least once a month.
Vincent Thurkettle is a woodsman. After spending his childhood roaming the Somerset countryside, he left school at 16 to work on an the Huntley Estate in Gloucestershire. He subsequently trained as a Chartered Forester, and worked for the Forestry Commission, retiring in 2005.
Stuart Weston has been running his own successful upholstery company in Brentwood, Essex, for 14 years. Before this he spent 16 years apprenticed and employed in the industry, learning the highly skilled art of quality upholstery, and also renovating and creating new furniture. His passion for creating exceptionally well-finished pieces of furniture is self-evident.