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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.

Spruce

The House Rules Book

Francesca Leung
Authors:
Francesca Leung

Everyone knows someone who argues about chores or the correct way to stack the dishwasher. And everyone has their pet hates they wish the rest of their household would just stop.So simply fill in this book of charts - to be kept as a holy Bible for maintaining peace in the household and make everyone's lives better.Living together isn't easy, but at least with this book you can have a laugh about it, though we take no responsibility for any disputes or arguments that might arise from using it.

Mitchell Beazley

Garden Design

Heidi Howcroft, Marianne Majerus
Authors:
Heidi Howcroft, Marianne Majerus

Winner of the Garden Media Guild Book Photographer of the Year 2015'This book will inspire readers to envision what is possible even in the smallest, most improbable spaces'.Publishers Weekly'Just looking at Marianne's stunning photographs made me want to go outside and start re-thinking my plot....I defy any reader not to find a style they can feel comfortable with in this book, there are plenty of ideas which can be adopted, even for the most difficult location'.Reckless GardenerThere is no one way to design a garden. The variations and breadth of possibilities are astonishing but it is the choices of the individual that make the world of gardens so exciting. Creating a garden is part common sense and part instinct but we all need inspiration to help us realize the garden we want. Garden Design: A Book of Ideas is the must-have visual reference for garden owners, architects and designers. With over 600 images by award-winning photographer Marianne Majerus and incisive advice from garden designer and best-selling writer Heidi Howcroft, this book takes the reader from getting the concept right to choosing the perfect finishing touches for your outdoor space. The gardens featured are large and small, urban and rural in a wide range of styles from contemporary to classical to naturalistic. Every aspect of designing a garden is explored, from assessing your plot and soil to choosing a style as your inspiration, selecting the right components (be they hard landscaping, boundaries or plants) and tackling more challenging spaces.

Cassell

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran Limited (FSO Ed Sheeran), Phillip Butah
Authors:
Ed Sheeran Limited (FSO Ed Sheeran), Phillip Butah

With words by Ed Sheeran and illustrations by his childhood friend, artist Phillip Butah (who produces artwork for Sheeran's albums and singles), and accompanying photos, Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey is an exclusive, fully authorised, first-person account by Ed of how he became an internationally renowned singer-songwriter.In the book, Ed explores his early musical experiences and influences as well as his time recording and touring, right up to the release of his second album, 'x'. The book reveals what drives and inspires Ed as he continues to evolve as an artist, while coping with stratospheric success, and is an honest account of what it takes to make it in the music business.With Phillip Butah's distinctive portraits of Ed throughout, this is a unique book celebrating a unique musician. It includes Ed's recollections of working tirelessly on the London gig circuit and self-releasing EPs, working hard on finding his sound, signing to Asylum Records and recording his huge hit album, '+', performing at the Grammys, touring with Taylor Swift and sell-out headline gigs at Madison Square Garden. It takes us up to Ed as a musician today, including recording his new album, 'x'.

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.

Francesca Leung

Francesca Leung works in editorial, writes books and has written for Wallpaper*, Time Out London, ES magazine and ShortList. She also draws comics and her design work has been exhibited at the V&A museum. Her favourite things are pirates, Batman® and cake, and she spends her spare time playing Assassin's Creed® or losing at mahjong. She makes the best cup of tea in the world, according to herself. You would not want to live with her.

Francesca Protopapa

Based in Paris, France, Francesca Proptopapa is a professional graphic designer and illustrator whose work lends itself to the meticulous style of dot-to-dotting. She is influenced by a variety of interests such as painting, film, photography, fashion, entertainment and travel. Frequently featuring in exhibitions around France and Italy.

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

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.

Linnea Dunne

Linnea Dunne was born and raised in Sweden, where she started her writing career as a columnist at the local newspaper aged 15. She left for Ireland a few years later and eventually moved to London, where she studied Creative Writing and Political Communications. She now lives in Dublin with her husband and two half-Swedish kids, trying to achieve that lagom balance against all odds. Linnea's work on subjects ranging from motherhood to women's rights and media narratives has been published by (among others) the Irish Times, the Guardian and the Irish Independent, and she also works as Editor of Scan Magazine. The irony of the fact that she escaped her home country, never made it back, and now spends the majority of her day writing about Scandinavian culture, innovation and trends is lost on no one.

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.

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.

Robert Dimery

Robert Dimery is a freelance writer and editor who has worked on Tony Wilson's 24 Hour Party People, Pump Up the Volume: A History of House, and 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, plus countless other popular music publications. He has also contributed to books on classic albums and classic singles, and has worked for a variety of magazines, including Time Out London and Vogue. He lives in London.

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.

Steven Jay Schneider

Steven Jay Schneider, one of the true connoisseurs of movie horror, has written, talked, taught and published extensively on all aspects of film, from aesthetics and psychoanalysis to the joys of the slasher flick. Here he has brought together more than 50 of the finest writers, reviewers, critics, professors, aficionados and filmmakers from around the globe. From Le Monde's Jean-Michel Frodon in Paris to Undercurrent's Chris Fujiwara in Tokyo, the team compromises the best that film writing has to offer and includes contributors to Empire, Sight & Sound, Time Out, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Total Film, International Film Guide, LA Weekly, CineAction, Film Quarterly, NME, the Washington Post, Filmmaker, Moviemaker and many more.

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.