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By Terence Conran

Plain Simple Useful

Terence Conran has always believed that objects – and surroundings – that are plain, simple and useful are the key to easy living. Here are three projects to get you started on creating a contemporary living space.

Mitchell Beazley

Marshall: The Book of Loud

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Catherine Gray

Catherine Gray is an award-winning writer and editor who has been published in the Guardian, Stylist, the Telegraph, Grazia, The Lancet Psychiatrist, Mr & Mrs Smith, BBC Earth, Women's Health and Stella.Catherine's hit debut book, The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, became a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller within a fortnight of publication, and attracted positive coverage from the likes of T2, Private Eye, Woman's Hour, Stylist, BBC Breakfast, the Telegraph, Grazia and the Guardian. When she's not writing, Catherine can generally be found taking twenty (identical) pictures of the sunset, wondering why she's always the sweatiest person in yoga, fighting her 'spend it all!' financial urges, or scanning the body language of strangers to see if it's OK to pet their dog.Find out more about Catherine Gray on Twitter and Instagram @unexpectedjoyof

Darina Allen

Darina Allen is Ireland's best-known food ambassador and the bestselling author of Ballymaloe Cookery Course and Forgotten Skills of Cooking, which won the prestigious André Simon award in 2009. She campaigns for local produce, is a member of Slow Food Ireland and set up Ireland's first farmers' market. She has won many awards including the Guild of Food Writers' Lifetime Achievement award in 2013. www.cookingisfun.ie

Dave Broom

Award-winning author and whisky expert Dave Broom has been writing about whisky for 25 years as a journalist and author. He has written eight books, two of which (Drink! and Rum) won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Book of the Year. He has also won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Writer of the Year twice and recently won the extremely prestigious IWSC Communicator of the Year Award. In 2015 Tales of the Cocktail presented Dave with the Best Cocktail & Spirits award, soon to be followed by the Golden Spirit Award in 2016.Over his two decades in the field, Dave has built up a considerable international following with regular training/educational visits to France, Holland, Germany, the USA and Japan. His remit has covered consumer features as well as business reports. He is also actively involved in whisky education, acting as a consultant to major distillers on tasting techniques as well as teaching professionals and the public. He was also one of the developers of Diageo's generic whisky tasting tool, the Flavour MapT.

Diana Henry

Diana Henry is one of the UK's best-loved food writers. She has a weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph and also writes for BBC Good Food, House & Garden and Waitrose Weekend, as well as being a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4. Diana has won numerous awards for her journalism and books, including Cookery Journalist of the Year from the Guild of Food Writers (three times, most recently in 2015), Cookery Writer of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards in 2013 and 2015 and Cookery Book of the Year for Simple at Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2017. A Change of Appetite was voted Cookbook of the Year by the Guild of Food Writers in 2015 and A Bird in the Hand won a James Beard award in 2016. Diana has written ten other books including Crazy Water Pickled Lemons, A Bird in the Hand, Cook Simple, Salt Sugar Smoke, Roast Figs Sugar Snow, A Change of Appetite, Simple and How to Eat a Peach. A Bird in the Hand, Simple and How to Eat a Peach were Top 10 Bestsellers and Diana's books have sold over 700,000 copies worldwide.Diana studied English Literature at the University of Oxford and journalism at City, University of London. She was a TV producer for the BBC for over ten years before starting to write. She lives in London with her children.www.dianahenry.co.ukInstagram: @dianahenryfoodTwitter: @dianahenryfood

Dr David Hamilton

Dr David Hamilton has a PhD in organic chemistry and spent four years working in the pharmaceutical industry, developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer. Inspired by the placebo effect, he left the industry to write books and educate people in how they can harness their mind and emotions to improve their health. He is the author of nine books, including How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body and The Five Side Effects of Kindness. David is the 'Kindness Tsar' for Psychologies magazine and writes for Soul & Spirit Magazine and the Huffington Post. He has appeared on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch in the UK and CBS Sunday Morning in the USA. An advocate for kindness, David is working passionately to help inspire a kinder world.

Iain R Webb

IAIN R. WEBB is an award-winning writer and Professor of Fashion and Design at Kingston School of Art. He is also an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins and Bath Spa University. During his career he has been fashion editor of BLITZ, the Evening Standard, Harpers & Queen, The Times and Elle, while contributing to various publications including NME, The New York Times and Vogue. He is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Vogue Colouring Book, and has written several other books including Bill Gibb: Fashion and Fantasy, Postcards from the Edge of the Catwalk, As Seen in BLITZ: Fashioning '80s Style, Invitation Strictly Personal and Foale and Tuffin: The Sixties. His latest book, Marc Jacobs Unseen, is published in September 2018. He also works as a curator and projects include 'We're Not Here To Sell Clothes' at the ICA, 'You're Ugly and Your Mother Dresses You Funny' at Paul Smith, Mayfair, 'See Me, Feel Me' at the MoBA Biennale Arnhem and 'Invitation Strictly Personal' at Somerset House. He now lives in Bath where he consults for the Fashion Museum, makes 'things to hang on your back and your wall' and muses over his life in frocks on Instagram (hopeandglitter).

James Hoffmann

James Hoffmann is the managing director of Square Mile Coffee Roasters, a multi-award-winning coffee roasting company based in East London. He is also the World Barista Champion 2007, having won the UK Barista competition in both 2006 and 2007. He writes a popular blog, www.jimseven.com, about coffee and the coffee business. The World Atlas of Coffee is his first book.

Joe Tracz

Joe Tracz spent years investigating the unfortunate world of Lemony Snicket before becoming a writer and producer on all three seasons of Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events. An LA-based screenwriter and playwright, his work includes the Drama Desk-nominated adaptation of the first Percy Jackson novel, The Lightning Thief, and the cult musical Be More Chill.

Judith Miller

Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques through international research, becoming one of the world's leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international best-seller Miller's Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers.Judith Miller appears regularly on TV and radio. She is an expert on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and has co-hosted the popular BBC series The House Detectives, ITV's Antiques Trail, and Discovery's It's Your Bid. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and CNN. She is a regular lecturer and contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, BBC Homes & Antiques and House & Garden. She has lectured extensively, including at the V&A in London and the Smithsonian in Washington.

Kate Humble

Kate Humble is a farmer, writer, activist, entrepreneur and one of the UK's best-known TV presenters. She started her television career as a researcher, later presenting programmes such as 'Animal Park', 'Springwatch & Autumnwatch', 'Lambing Live', 'Living with Nomads', 'Extreme Wives' and 'Back to the Land'. In 2018 Kate will be unmissable - appearing in several new BBC series, going on a national speaking tour and rolling out her Humble natural beauty range in supermarkets nationwide.Find out more about Kate on Twitter @katehumble and @farmerhumble, on Instagram @kmhumble and at www.katehumble.com and www.humblebynature.com.

Matt Carson

Matt Carson lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter. He does yoyo tricks and is the author of over 4,000 haikus about famous dead people called Haikubituaries. This is his first book of compiled quotations from a science fiction cartoon show.

Nigel Henbest

Nigel Henbest has been Astronomy Consultant to New Scientist magazine, Editor of the Journal of the British Astronomical Association, and Media Consultant to the Royal Greenwich Observatory. He is also a Future Astronaut with Virgin Galactic.

Oi Cheepchaiissara

Oi Cheepchaiissara was born in Thailand and took her degree in Bangkok at the Poh-Chang College of Arts. Now living in England, she runs her food manufacturing business, teaches Thai cooking and is the author of Hamlyn's Fresh Thai.

Olympe de Gouges

Olympe de Gouges (1748-93) was a French playwright, activist and feminist whose powerful polemics against racial and sexual injustice won her a wide audience in the years before and during the French Revolution. Her most vital, The Declaration of the Rights of Women and of the Female Citizen (1791) was written in response to the revolutionary Declaration of the Rights of Man (1789), highlighting its inherent sex bias and addressing key issues of women's rights that it had failed to cover. De Gouges' refusal to conform to revolutionary orthodoxy, and her continuing protests against its injustices, cost her dearly: she was beheaded in Paris in November 1793, at the age of 45. Notorious in her lifetime, and well-known in France, she is one of the most important figures in the history of feminism.

Patrizia Collard

Dr Patrizia Collard is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, stress management consultant and lecturer in psychotherapy at the University of East London. Her books include Journey into Mindfulness, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies, Awakening the Compassionate Mind (2014), and The Little Book of Mindfulness. Dr Collard's wide range of approaches and methodologies include mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy, rational emotive behaviour therapy, core energy management, existential therapy, drama therapy, yoga and meditation, relaxation and self-hypnosis.

Richard H. Turner

Chef Richard H. Turner is a man of many meaty pleasures. Classically trained by legendary chefs the Roux brothers, Pierre Koffmann and Marco Pierre White, these days he's up past his forearms in the London restaurant scene - from London's celebrated Pitt Cue Co., to Hawksmoor, Foxlow and beyond. He's also one half of the independent butcher and supplier of the best-quality British rare breed meat money can buy, Turner & George, plus he's the man who established NYC's Meatopia festival in the UK, Spain and beyond. As acclaimed food writer Diana Henry says, 'Richard Turner's food sends me'. He is simply the best chef working in meat cookery today.Find out more about Richard H. Turner's food and festivals on Twitter @RichardHTurner and at the following websites:Meatopia (@MeatopiaUK)www.meatopia.co.ukTurner & George (@TurnerandGeorge)www.turnerandgeorge.co.ukThe Hawksmoor (@HawksmoorLondon)www.thehawksmoor.comPitt Cue Co. (@PittCueCo)www.pittcue.co.ukFoxlow (@FoxlowTweets)www.foxlow.co.uk

Rick Sanchez

Rick Sanchez is a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe. Rick lives with his daughter Beth's family and constantly brings her, his son-in-law Jerry, granddaughter Summer, and grandson Morty into intergalactic escapades.

Sabrina Ghayour

A chef, food writer and cookery teacher, Sabrina Ghayour is one of the strongest voices in Middle Eastern food today. Her work has featured in The Times, The Sunday Times, the Evening Standard, the Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, delicious. magazine, Waitrose Food magazine, Sainsbury's Magazine and BBC Good Food magazine. She has also appeared on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen, BBC2's Great British Menu and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch.Sabrina's debut cookbook, Persiana, was awarded 'Best New Cookbook' at the Observer Food Monthly awards 2014 and 'Book of the Year' at the 2015 Food & Travel Awards. Her follow up, Sirocco, and her most recent book, Feasts, were Sunday Times bestsellers.Connect with Sabrina at www.sabrinaghayour.com Twitter @SabrinaGhayourInstagram @SabrinaGhayour

Sara Lewis

Sara Lewis is an experienced home economist and food writer. She was the cookery editor of 'Practical Parenting' magazine for over 12 years and is the author of many Hamlyn cookery books including 'Bread Machine Easy', 'Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: 200 Cakes and Bakes' and 'Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: 200 Make Ahead Recipes'.