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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

Alannah Hughes

Lana Hughes is an Essex born, London based artist specialising in hand-lettering, sign writing and typographic illustration. In 2010 she completed a B.A (Hons) in Graphic Design at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey. Upon graduating, she lived and worked in London for several years before spending a year painting her way around Australia and South East Asia. Lana has created works for clients including British Airways, O2, Tesco, Liberty of London, Lovebox Festival, Southbank London, Studio Canal, CAMRA and London Zoo.Now back living in London, she works both independently and as one third of design studio Animaux Circus, which she co-founded in 2010. In addition, she often hosts workshops and exhibits her works around London. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and spray painting large scale murals with other artists on her travels.

Alannah Moore

Author Alannah Moore leads a double life between Paris and London. When she's not prying into the lives of artists or kitchen-table business owners, she might be found cracking open a bottle of Menetou-Salon, rustling up an Indonesian curry or strolling leisurely along the Seine with her Cavalier King Charles. She discovered her skills for talent spotting when researching the world's best web designers for her first book Create Your Own Website Using WordPress in a Weekend. Alannah's website is at www.alannahmoore.com

Alex Beeching

Alex Beeching is a sought-after artist in many fields; whether it's an illustration, a card design, a paper sculpture or indeed a daring installation, he will rise to the occasion. Born in Cheltenham to a Persian father and an English mother, he strives to brings the best of both cultures to his work.Recent clients include: The University of London, The School of Advanced Study, The Bloomsbury Festival, the restaurant chain Zizzi, and Cheltenham Festival.

Andy Tuohy

Andy Tuohy is a graphic designer and worked in advertising for many years before becoming a freelance artist/ designer. He has had design work commissioned by the Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool, Turner Contemporary and Henley Regatta, and has been featured in Design Week amongst other publications.

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.

Brian Hiatt

Brian Hiatt is a senior writer at Rolling Stone magazine, where he has written over 45 cover stories.

Caroline Taggart

Caroline Taggart was born in London of Scottish parents, spent most of her childhood in New Zealand and went to university in Sheffield. Confused for some time, she now thinks of herself as a Londoner, but continues to change allegiance whenever it suits her, particularly during the rugby season. Having worked in publishing for 11 years, she gave up a perfectly respectable job to become a freelance editor in 1989. Since then she has worked bizarre hours, gone out to lunch a lot and indulged her lifelong dislike of getting up in the morning.

Charlotte Cosby

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.

Charlotte Trounce

Charlotte Trounce is a freelance Illustrator living in London. Since graduating from Falmouth University in 2011, she has worked for clients such as The New York Times, Barbican, Art Fund and Penguin Books and has covered a varied range of commissions including editorial, advertising, publishing and product design. Working mostly with paint, Charlotte tries to bring life and colour to the everyday - often inspired by simple objects, as well as the people and architecture that surround her.

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

Joa Studholme

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peter Chan

Peter Chan founded Herons Bonsai, the UK's premier bonsai nursery, in 1986. He has achieved a record tally of 21 Chelsea Gold Medals to date and is the author of six bestselling books on bonsai. Over the years he has been featured in numerous television programmes on bonsai.

Rebekka Guoleifsdottir

Rebekka GuðleifsdÓttir has been named the Web's Top Photographer by The Wall Street Journal, and her work has won her admirers around the world, appearing in The Guardian, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, and Playboy. As well as being a photographer and artist, she designs and knits custom sweaters, and dabbles in animation and video. She lives in Iceland with her boyfriend, border collie, and two teenage sons.

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.