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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.

Abbie Headon

Abbie Headon is the author of Poetry First Aid Kit and Literary First Aid Kit. She lives in Southsea, Hampshire, where she can often be seen strolling by the seaside with a book (or two!) in her hand.

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.

Alexandra Loske

Dr Alexandra Loske is an art historian, editor, and curator at The Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museums.

Anna Cryer

Anna Cryer is an editor who has worked at British Vogue, Tatler and Harper's Bazaar in London and New York. She was at Vogue on three separate occasions, as the magazine celebrated its 75th, 90th and 100th anniversaries. Her childhood nickname 'Pants on Fire' seems prescient given the subject of this, her first book. She lives in London.

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.

Camilla Fayed

Camilla Fayed is the originator and founder of Farmacy. Having always been passionate about healthy eating and conscious living, Camilla began her journey into the world of plant-based living after the birth of her first child.Having experienced the powerful, healing benefits of a plant-based diet herself, and after extensive research and travels, Camilla was inspired to create Farmacy; a place where she could share her philosophy on nutrition and help bring the conscious eating revolution to London.Camilla's aim with Farmacy was to make healthy eating fun, in a beautiful setting. Since its launch in 2016, the flagship Notting Hill restaurant, has become renowned for its innovative and delicious organic dishes, as well as its exciting array of plant-based comfort foods. Labelled as the 'friendly face' of plant-based eating in London, Farmacy champions the notion that 'food is medicine' and supports both local farming and sustainability.Under Camilla's direction, the Farmacy team work hard to constantly experiment and evolve the menu, with the regular introduction of new seasonal dishes and superfood ingredients. In 2017, Camilla and her executive chef team created London's first 100% plant-based, cannabidiol (CBD)-themed afternoon tea offering; it was an instant success.In 2018, Camilla launched her first, semi-permanent, Farmacy pop-up shot bar at Selfridges, London, as part of their #EatHappy campaign.Camilla has spoken at several conscious living events and debates and in 2017 acted as the UK's plant-based spokesperson on BBC Worldwide as part of a debate dedicated to World Vegan Day.Following the release of the Farmacy Kitchen Cookbook, Camilla is keen to open several other Farmacy restaurant sites across London and expand the brand worldwide.Find out more on instagram and twitter @farmacyuk or at www.farmacylondon.com.

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

Dean Edwards

After coming second in BBC's Masterchef Goes Large in 2006, Dean Edwards sought to change his life radically by leaving his career as a digger driver to pursue his love of cooking and food.Dean's likeable persona and family-friendly cooking style has made him a firm favourite on ITV's Lorraine since 2010, but he originally made his ITV debut on This Morning in September 2009, where he featured in a weekly cookery slot, creating dishes for the ITV audience.

Dr Ross Bayton

Dr Ross Bayton gained a Bachelor's degree in tropical ecology, and later a Masters and a PhD, both in taxonomy. He is the co-author of RHS Genealogy for Gardeners and RHS Gardening School (both Mitchell Beazley), and worked for three years at BBC Gardeners' World Magazine.

Frances Ambler

Frances Ambler is a London-based writer and art historian. She has a special interest in 20th-century design and is the author of Mid-Century Modern: Icons of Design and The Story of the Bauhaus. She has worked with museums and galleries across the globe, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, London's Victoria and Albert Museum and the Scottish Sculpture Trust.

Gail Rolfe

Gail Rolfe is a freelance journalist and fashion editor with more than thirty-five years of experience. She joined the Daily Mail as Fashion Writer in 1981, and became their Fashion Editor in 1986. She left in 1995 to pursue a freelance career working for Tatler, The Sunday Times and The Times, alongside a fashion consultancy for the Arcadia Group. Over the years she has interviewed and styled many celebrities including Goldie Hawn, Elizabeth Hurley and Tamara Mellon. She is passionate about high heels and bought her first pair of Manolo Blahniks for her interview at the Daily Mail. She lives in London.

Imogen Dyer

Imogen Dyer is the unstoppable on-screen talent behind Weekly Imogen, the phenomenally successfully photography tips & tutorials YouTube channel which averages 50,000 views a day. Imogen and Mark began their photographic partnership in 2009 after a chance meeting at a village fete. Mark posted the images they shot together online and such was their success that they launched a YouTube channel to share their tips and techniques with Imogen presenting. Thus WeeklyImogen was born. In just four years it has become one of the biggest channels on YouTube, with over 150,000 subscribers and well over a million views a month with no sign of the growth slowing down.

James Wong

James Wong is a Kew-trained botanist, science writer and broadcaster based in London. Graduating with a Master of Science degree in Ethnobotany in 2006, he pursued his key research interests of under-utilized crop species and traditional food systems through field work in rural Ecuador, Java and southern China.He is the author of the best-selling books Grow Your Own Drugs, Homegrown Revolution and, for Mitchell Beazley, RHS Grow for Flavour (more than 64,000 copies sold) and How to Eat Better (more than 85,000 copies sold). He has presented BBC2's award-winning series Grow Your Own Drugs and co-presented, with Dr Michael Mosley, The Secrets of Your Food - a major BBC series on the science of food. He has a column in the Observer magazine.With his obsession for food almost eclipsing his love of plants, James's small London garden serves as a testing station for all manner of crops from around the world.

Jamie Butterworth

Jamie Butterworth is an RHS Ambassador who has had a passion for gardening since the age of nine, when he converted his grandparents back garden in Wakefield into his own allotment. He was a finalist in BBC 3's Young Gardener of the Year in 2011 and went on to study for two years at RHS Wisley Gardens. Leaving with a distinction in 2015, Jamie become Show Plant Manager for leading plant nursery Hortus Loci, where he was responsible for growing plants for all major RHS shows, including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Jamie's work as an ambassador for the RHS sees him travel across the UK, visiting schools and colleges where he shows young people what a fun, exciting and rewarding career horticulture really is, and how horticulture really can save the world. Jamie is also BBC Radio London's gardening expert, joining Robert Elms live in the studio on Saturday mornings, along with being a regular gardening guest for both Talk Radio and BBC Berkshire.

Jamie Purviance

New York Times bestselling author Jamie Purviance is one of America's top grilling experts and Weber's master griller.Jamie is a graduate of Stanford University and the Culinary Institute of America. He is an accomplished chef and teacher who has helped millions of people to grill like professionals. He is a regular contributor to national newspapers and magazines, and is the author of many bestselling Weber cookbooks.

Joa Studholme

Having joined Farrow & Ball more than 20 years ago, Joa Studholme has amassed a vast wealth of experience. From developing new colours to consulting on design projects, Joa works with the paints and papers every day on both residential and commercial projects and chooses colours for more than 4,500 rooms a year. A self-confessed "colour geek", her 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.

Joanna Farrow

Joanna Farrow loves having fun with her food, having giving cakes and cookies a whole new look in Dress Your Cake and Dress Your Gingerbread. A home economist and food writer, she has also contributed to numerous food magazines and has written a number of other titles, including Ready Steady Cook for Kids, Good Fast Family Food, Cake and Peek-a-boo Cakes.

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.

Kay Plunkett-Hogge

Kay Plunkett-Hogge is an acclaimed food and drinks writer, and the author of Aperitivo (Mitchell Beazley, 2017), Adventures Of A Terribly Greedy Girl (Mitchell Beazley, 2017), A Sherry & A Little Plate Of Tapas (Mitchell Beazley, 2016), Heat: Cooking With Chillies (Quercus, 2016) and Make Mine A Martini (Mitchell Beazley, 2014).In addition to her own books, Kay has co-authored a further six books, working with the award-winning chef Bryn Williams on his two books Bryn's Kitchen and For The Love Of Veg, Academy Award nominated actor Stanley Tucci on his second cookbook The Tucci Table, and with the American pizza guru Chris Bianco. She also co-wrote Leon: Family and Friends with John Vincent and Cook Yourself Thin: Quick and Easy.Born and brought up in 1970s Bangkok, Kay spent her childhood between two kitchens - inside for Western food, outside for Thai - before forging an international career in the film and fashion industries. It is an experience that has given her an in-depth knowledge of cuisines from all over the world.Kay began her food career when she set up a bespoke location catering service for fashion shoots. Since then, and in addition to her writing, she has worked as a food consultant for a variety of restaurants and bars, including Leon, The Formosa Café, Isola del Sole, Ma Goa and The Luang Prabang Motorcycle Club.Her cult book, Make Mine A Martini, was the Financial Times's pick for drinks book of the year, led to her induction into the Gin Guild (in the words of Heston Blumenthal: 'She shakes a damn fine cocktail.') and her writing regularly on cocktails for The Daily Telegraph and Sainsbury's Magazine. She has also written for the FT Weekend and Olive, and has published recipes in The Times, Hello and Borough Market's Market Life magazine. Kay currently writes a monthly column for Delicious.She lives in London with her husband, two cats and a dog.

Liz Temperley

Liz Temperley draws inspiration from the natural world to create her unique handmade illustrations. She loves to create beautiful things and creates charming artwork and witty captions to make people smile.