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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.

Ilex Press

Desk Wars

John Austin
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John Austin

What better way to conceal your clandestine activities than to miniaturize your secret agent arsenal? From a mini-catapult in a breath-mint tin to milk-jug cap blow-dart wristwatches, learn how to achieve clandestine ends practically and inexpensively with 30 different spy weapons and surveillance tools to build yourself.Fully illustrated step-by-step instructions make construction simple, while easy-to-follow safety tips help ensure spies-to-be avoid injuries. Projects include a paper throwing star, a toothpaste periscope, a bowler hat launcher and a pen blowgun.

Allegra McEvedy

Allegra McEvedy has been cooking professionally for 20 years, working her way through a clutch of London's best restaurants before becoming more known for her work as a cookery writer for the Guardian as G2's Chef in Residence. In 2003, Allegra co-founded LEON, the award-winning, healthy, fast-food restaurant group, which currently has 11 restaurants serving over 70,000 people a week.In the summer of 2009, Allegra co-presented Economy Gastronomy, a six-part BBC prime-time series about spending less and using ingredients wisely. She is a Fellow of the RSA, a Spokesperson for The Fairtrade Foundation, and has written four bestselling books: The Good Cook (2000), Allegra McEvedy's Colour Cookbook (2006), LEON: Ingredients & Recipes (2008) and Economy Gastronomy (2009). In 2008 she was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry.

Aloïs Guinut

Aloïs Guinut studied fashion at the prestigious Institut Français de la Mode (French Institute of Fashion), founded by former business partner of Yves St. Laurent, Pierre Bergé. She has previously worked as a fashion trend forecaster and now runs her own personal shopping and style coaching service, giving advice to women from outside of France on Parisian style and designers. Aloïs has been featured in Le Figaro and the Observer.www.dresslikeaparisian.com

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.

Dale Pinnock

Award-winning and highly qualified Medicinal Chef Dale Pinnock is the pre-eminent voice in eating for good health. A vocal, passionate and down-to-earth expert on the beneficial effects food can have on our health, Dale's enthusiasm and delicious recipes have proved irresistible during his many TV and radio appearances.Dale is the bestselling author of The Medicinal Chef: Eat your Way to Better Health and the Guild of Food Writers award-winning Eat Your Way to Better Health, The Medicinal Chef: Healthy Every Day and The Power of Three; a ground-breaking series of books to target specific ailments - diabetes, depression, heart disease and digestion. Dale also the resident chef and nutritionist on ITV's Eat, Shop, Save, series 2 of which is coming out this Summer.Find out more about Dale on Twitter @dale_pinnock, Instagram @themedicinalchef and at www.dalepinnock.com.

Dan Doherty

Dan Doherty is a judge on the BBC1's primetimeseries, Britain's Best Cook. He is also the Chef Director at London's Duck & Waffle, with a restaurant on the 40th floor of Heron Tower in the City of London and the more informal Duck & Waffle Local in London's West End. 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 has appeared on BBC 1's Saturday Kitchen and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch and regularly speaks and demonstrates at festivals and events including Taste London and Meatopia.

Dan Evans

Dan Evans lives in North London and has been drawing since he could hold a pencil. He mostly draws robots, wrestlers and football players. This is his first royal commission.

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 our 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 and Simple. 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

Hattie Newman

Hattie Newman has earned an international reputation for her inimitable creations in the field of set design and papercraft. Found in advertisements, animations, physical spaces and books, her colourful work is loved by children, publishers and photographers alike. Hattie has directed a number of playful short films and animations, in which her wonderful paper sculptures magically come to life - most recently in a Christmas TV Commercial for the fashion brand, Lacoste. Although based at her London studio, projects regularly call Hattie away to work in New York, Paris, Valencia, Milan and other places far from her original home of Devon, England. Her clients include Lacoste, TFL, NSPCC, The Guardian, Honda, Canon and John Lewis. As well as practicing commercially, Hattie is also active in design education, giving frequent talks and workshops to adults, students and children. Recent guest lectures include Brief Design Festival in Madrid, Papier Hier in Amsterdam and Beyonderground Festival in Belgium. In the UK, Hattie is a guest lecturer at the University of the West of England, where she gained her first class degree in Illustration in 2008.Exhibitions showcasing Hattie's work include Pick Me Up in Somerset House, London, The Paper Convention in Sydney and The Paper Cut Festival in Amsterdam.hattienewman.co.uk @hattienewman

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.

John Austin

John Austin worked as a senior toy designer in the Boy's Research and Development Department at Hasbro Toys and has worked on popular brands like; Transformers, Star Wars, Iron Man, Spiderman, Jurassic Park, Tonka and GI. Skilled in 3D computer modelling, illustration, and creative thinking, he brings many of these talents to the creation of his book projects, as well as ever-increasing market awareness for each individual product he works on. He has also personally pitched projects to Warner Brothers and Cartoon Network. John graduated in 2002 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design. He currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife and keeps busy working on contract product development, more books and other entrepreneurial endeavours. Also the author of Cubicle Warfare and Prank University.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Robert Arp

Robert Arp is Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Maple Woods College and Johnson County Community College, in the Kansas City area. He has attained a PhD in Philosophy from Saint Louis University, and specializes in the philosophy of biology, the philosophy of mind, and modern philosophy. A member of The American Philosophical Association and The Philosophy of Science Association, Robert Arp has written numerous articles, book chapters, and books, and is the editor of South Park and Philosophy (Blackwell Publishing, 2006), the co-editor of Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), and the author of An Integrated Approach to the Philosophy of Mind (Cambridge University Press, 2010). In 2013 he was general editor of 1001 Ideas That Changed The Way We Think. See his website at robertarp.com

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.

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'.