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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

Stickertopia The Flower Garden

Angela Mckay, Mouni Feddag
Contributors:
Angela Mckay, Mouni Feddag

Find yourself in a world of beautiful blossoms and vibrant, peaceful gardens teeming with natural beauty. Stickertopia The Flower Garden is an interactive sticker book that combines gorgeous backgrounds with jewel-like stickers of botanical flowers, leaves and petals that you can use to create your own worlds of wonder, one tiny detail at a time. The artworks in this book are based on the most beautiful gardens of the world - from the Saihoji temple garden in Japan to the Versailles Garden in France, the Desert Botanical Gardens in Arizona to Kew Gardens in London. Also included are gardens captured by the world's greatest artists, such as Monet's garden at Giverny. Stickertopia The Flower Garden is perfect for anyone who aspires to take their artworks to a new level of exquisite detail.

Abi Daker

ABI DAKER is a British illustrator who lives and works in Cyprus with her husband and son. She studied Art at the University of Reading and has since worked on children's books and as an archaeological illustrator; she also specialises in illustrated maps and architectural subjects. Her LONGEST DOT TO DOT books express her passion for exploring the graphic and linear qualities of the world in an imaginative and engaging new way. She also paints and draws the mediterranean landscapes of her home in Paphos.

Alex Newson

Alex Newson is a curator at the Design Museum in London and a keen cycling enthusiast. He has worked with a number of cycling's most celebrated names and manufacturers, including Chris Boardman, Bob Haro, Graeme Obree, Team Sky, Pinarello, Colnago, Trek, Santa Cruz and Felt.

Bev Speight

Bev Speight is an artist, illustrator, designer and educator who teaches at Middlesex University. She was previously creative director for a major book publisher and, amongst many other clients, has worked extensively on high profile campaigns for the BBC.

Bob Purnell

Bob Purnell is a writer, broadcaster, lecturer and award-winning garden designer who also runs a small nursery that specializes in container plants. He writes for numerous gardening publications including BBC Gardeners World.

Catriona Gray

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.

Jake Spicer

Jake Spicer is an artist and drawing tutor based in Brighton, England. He is head tutor at the independent drawing school Draw, a co-director of the Drawing Circus and regularly runs portrait and figure drawing courses for the Camden Arts Centre and National Portrait Gallery.www.jakespicerart.co.uk@BrightonDrawing

Jane Snedden Peever

Jane's natural talent for creating patterns has led her to teaching classes in mandala-making in her native Canada. She also creates her unique hand-drawn mandalas for colouring books and online publications. Her previously published work encompasses her other great skill in fiber arts, including books of her unique designs for Aran sweaters.

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.

Karen Wild

Karen Wild BA (Hons) Dip App Psy, is a full-time, qualified U.K. dog trainerand behaviour consultant with over 17 years' experience. She has an honours degree and diploma in Psychology from the University ofNottingham, is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellorsand is an Associate Member of the British Institute of Professional DogTrainers. Karen deals with dog behaviour problems in a family-oriented, practical waybased in solid scientific fact. Her experience has ranged from classteaching, obedience, flyball, agility and working trials competition torunning a popular dog display team. Karen formed her company Pawprint for behavioural consultations andtraining, and Intellidogs which specialises in online advice in this area.Her passion is to create and rebuild the 'enjoyment factor' that can comefrom pet dog ownership Karen's work with dogs and young people includes her programme to bring moredogs into schools in the UK as well as a heavy focus on children and safetyaround dogs. She is a regular contributor to Dogs Today Magazine and she isa regular blogger for Dr Ian Dunbar's revolutionary website, Dog Star Daily.

Marianne Majerus

Marianne Majerus is a leading garden photographer whose work is widely published in magazines and books. Her books with George Carter include Gardening with Herbs, Gardening with Containers, Projects for Small Gardens, and Living with Plants and The New London Garden (both Mitchell Beazley)

Matthew Brehm

Matthew Brehm is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Idaho, where his teaching responsibilities include design studios, graphics courses, and an annual study abroad program in Rome, Italy, that he initiated in 2007. He is the author of Sketching on Location and Drawing Perspective. In 2010, Matthew received the university's Hoffman Award for Excellence in Teaching, and his drawings have been recognized with awards by the Design Communication Association and the American Society of Architectural Illustrators.

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.

Mouni Feddag

Born and based in the UK, Mouni Feddag studied Communication Design at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt in Germany, and is now represented by The Bright Agency as an illustrator. Her clients have included Vogue Online, Nido Magazine, Hambly & Woolley and NPR. Shortlisted for the AOI Serco Prize for Illustration 2015 and the winner of the Hans-Meid-Förderpreis 2015, Mouni's publications and contriutions also include Doodlers Anonymous Epic Colouring Book and Quiet, Constant Friends.

Orla Kiely

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.

Paula Reed

Paula Reed is Global Style Director for the Harvey Nichols chain of up-market department stores. Before that, she was the style director at Grazia, the bestselling fashion weekly, for seven years. She is also a former columnist for the US edition of InStyle magazine and her career has included fashion or style director positions at several magazines and newspapers, including the Sunday Times and InStyle. Her writing has appeared in the Financial Times, Elle and The Times. She is the author of Style Clinic and Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and lives and works in London.

Phil Cleaver

Prof. Phil Cleaver, who wrote and designed What They Didn't Teach You in Design School, is a multi award-winning designer. A protégé of Anthony Froshaug, he has worked with Alan Fletcher at Pentagram, Wim Crouwel at TD in Holland and Michael Wolff at Wolff Olins. He is a board member of the International Type Academy and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Sarah Skeate

Sarah Skeate graduated from Kingston University with a degree in Illustration in 2000. Soon discovering that the world was a strange and hostile place after the sweet comforts of institutional life, she beat a hasty retreat to the art department's supply cupboard where she squatted for six months, living on a diet of crayons and sugar paper. Following her detection and subsequent ejection, she reluctantly returned to the outer world, where she became a successful author and illustrator of several arts and crafts and children's titles. A little dark, a little quirky, but always uplifting and loveable, her drawings may make you wonder whether Ms Skeate ever really left that cupboard. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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.

Thomas Pavitte

When graphic designer Thomas Pavitte found himself between jobs, he started doodling to keep his creative juices flowing, experimenting with the dot-to-dot puzzles he remembered from his childhood. The result was a 6,239-dot reconstruction of the Mona Lisa, which then led to the 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book and its sequels. Constantly exploring new graphic ideas, Thomas lives in Melbourne, Australia, and shares his work at thomasmakesstuff.com.