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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.

Adam Juniper

Adam Juniper has had a longstanding interest in consumer technology, having written his first gear review for a magazine before he was old enough to drive. He's written and edited dozens of books, especially on photography, drones and now the arrival of the digital assistant. Obviously deep down he is yearning to say "Tea, Earl Grey, Hot" to the computer and be rewarded with the perfect refreshment, but for now he's putting his experience into identifying which of the tidal wave of "smart" gadgets are worth having by living the smart home dream in suburban London.

Áine Carlin

Áine Carlin is the UK's bestselling vegan author, and has forged a unique niche for herself in the world of plant-based cooking with her refreshingly fun and easy approach to veganism. Her first two books, Keep It Vegan and The New Vegan were bestsellers. A regular on Irish television, Áine has also appeared on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. With a regular column in Veggie magazine and having contributed recipes to Sainsbury's Magazine, the Daily Telegraph, Stella, Mail on Sunday, Red magazine and more, her profile is going from strength to strength.

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

Dan Doherty

Dan Doherty has appeared on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch. He is a judge on the BBC1's primetime series Britain's Best Cook. Dan was the Chef Director at London's Duck & Waffle, in the City of London and recently opened his own restaurant, The Royal Oak, in Marylebone, Central London. He won Tatler's Rising Star Chef award at their 2013 Restaurant Awards and the Guardian declared him 'among the high priests of Britain's culinary revival'. He is the author of Duck & Waffle: Recipes & Stories and Toast Hash Roast Mash.

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

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

Henry Dimbleby

Henry Dimbleby is co-founder of Leon, the award-winning fast food chain that serves healthy fast food. Together with John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy, he opened the first restaurant in London in July 2004, and 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 more than 55 Leon restaurants (including branches in Washington DC, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Oslo).

Hugh Johnson

Hugh Johnson is the world's pre-eminent writer on wine. First published in 1977, his Pocket Wine Book sells hundreds of thousands of copies a year. His winning formula of insight, critical appraisal of the world of wine, plus valuable vintage news and wine recommendations has been often-imitated but never bettered. With the publication of his first book, Wine, Johnson established himself at the age of twenty-seven as the most refreshing and authoritative voice on the subject. During the past four decades he has written books that have become landmarks on the subject, including his classic The World Atlas of Wine, co-authored with Jancis Robinson, his Wine Companion, first published in 2003, The Story of Wine and Hugh Johnson on Wine. In his spare time he writes about gardening from his home in London.

Jancis Robinson

Jancis Robinson is described by Decanter magazine as "the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world". Jancis writes daily for her website, jancisrobinson.com (awarded the first ever Wine Website of the Year accolade in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2010), weekly for the Financial Times, and bimonthly for a column that is syndicated around the world. But many know her best for her hugely admired reference books; in addition to co-authoring The World Atlas of Wine, she is editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine and co-author of Wine Grapes. Her most recent book is also her shortest, a practical guide to the essentials of wine, The 24-Hour Wine Expert. Critically acclaimed as the "woman who makes the wine world gulp when she speaks" (USA Today) and "our favourite wine writer" (Playboy), Jancis was the first person outside the wine trade to qualify as a Master of Wine, in 1984. She was awarded an OBE in 2003 by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises. In one week in April 2016 she was presented with France's Officier du Mérite Agricole, the German VDP's highest honour (the golden pin, presented by previous recipient Hugh Johnson) and, in the US, her fourth James Beard Award.She loves and lives for wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass.

Jeff Wignall

Jeff Wignall, former camera columnist for the New York Times and Technical Editor of Photo District News, has written numerous best-selling books, including The Joy of Digital Photography. A frequent contributor to many photo magazines (Popular Photography, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer and PC Photo Digital), Jeff shoots advertising and advertorial work for major clients including Sony, Canon, Nikon, and Olympus; thousands of his photos have been published in every print medium.

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.

John Vincent

John is co-founder of LEON, which now has more than 55 restaurants (including in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Oslo and Washington, DC). He wrote LEON Naturally Fast Food with Henry Dimbleby, LEON Family & Friends with Kay Plunkett-Hogge, LEON Happy Salads and LEON Fast & Free with Jane Baxter and LEON Happy Soups, LEON Happy One-pot Cooking and LEON Fast Vegan with Rebecca Seal. He thinks that our relationship with food should be positive and joyous and that we need to listen more carefully to our gut, eat more good fats and less sugar.

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.

Kathryn Bruton

Kathryn Bruton has spent over ten years working in the food industry, from restaurant kitchens and private catering to working on Masterchef. She has also worked on a host of best selling cookbooks, as well as appearing frequently on Irish television. The Skinny Series (including Skinny Soups and Skinny Salads) reflects her ambition to create enticing and unusual recipes that are high in nutrition and low in calories.

Lindsey Bareham

Winner of the Guild of Food Writers' British Food Writer of the Year Award, Lindsey Bareham is a writer admired by home and professional cooks alike. Her books have been shortlisted for the André Simon Award, the Good Food Book of the Year, the Glenfiddich food Book of the Year and the Guild of Food Writers' Cookery Book of the Year. For many years she wrote a daily recipe for the Evening Standard and now writes weekly columns for The Times. She is also a regular contributor to Radio 4.Find out more about Lindsey on Twitter at @LindseyBareham and at www.lindseybareham.com.

Margaret Rand

Margaret Rand is the former editor of Wine Magazine, Wine & Spirit International and Whisky Magazine. She now writes for The World of Fine Wine, Drinks Business, Decanter and Imbibe among others, and is general editor of Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book. She has won several Roederer and Lanson awards.

Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman, professional photographer and best-selling author, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. In 1971 he made the life-changing decision to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures he came back with, he embarked on a full-time photographic career.Since then, working for clients that include all the world's major magazines, most notably the Smithsonian Magazine (for which he has shot more than 40 stories over 30 years), Freeman's reputation as one of the world's leading reportage photographers has been consolidated. Of his many books, which have sold over 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography. For this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture.Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages.

Nirmal Save

Harneet Baweja and his wife Devina Seth grew up in Kolkata, and from an early age food played an important role in both their families as they enjoyed recipes that had been passed down for generations. They moved to London in 2014 and, finding a gap in the market for home-style dishes that really capture the intricacy of Indian cooking, they set up Gunpowder with head chef Nirmal Save. Nirmal is originally from Mumbai, where he grew up on a farm and developed a keen interest in the ingredients and produce his mother and grandmother taught him to cook.www.gunpowderlondon.com @gunpowder_london (Instagram) @gunpowder_ldn (Twitter)

Olia Hercules

Olia Hercules was born in Ukraine and lived in Cyprus for 5 years before moving to London to study a BA in Italian language, followed by an MA in Russian and English. A number of jobs followed before her interest in food as an amateur reached its apogee and she decided to retrain as a chef at Leith's School of Food and Wine. She kicked off her culinary career working at London's Union Market before landing her dream job as a chef-de partie for Ottolenghi's. Olia's focus nowadays is mostly on her son, her writing, her food styling and the occasional foray into film and television.Find out more about Olia at oliahercules.com, on Twitter @oliasgastronomy and on Instagram.com/oliahercules.

Ophélie Neiman

Ophélie Neiman is the author of the wine blog Miss GlouGlou. Hosted on the LeMonde website, it's one of the most popular wine blogs in France. Wine: it's not rocket science is her first book, and has been translated into 11 languages. Ophélie lives in France.