Related to: 'Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction'

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.

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Desk Wars

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Christie Goodwin

Christie Goodwin is a British photographer with a career that spans over 35 years. She first picked up the camera at the age of 12. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in art photography, she initially shot fashion assignments but soon got restless and left the fashion world behind her.After getting married and starting a family, she decided to return to what she had studied. For a good decade, she shot mainly fine art projects and held regular exhibitions to showcase her work. At the turn of the century Christie took on regular assignments to shoot political news as an editorial photographer for wire agencies.It wasn't until 2005 when she was commissioned to shoot a live performance that she found her true calling. After that first assignment, she hung up her editorial hat and became a full-time music and entertainment photographer. Today Christie is in high demand as a tour and portrait photographer. She has worked for Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and other top recording artists. Christie's work appears on CDs, DVDs and tour merchandise, and in international publications, books and exhibitions. Fast, creative and a little bit crazy, Christie is known and respected for always getting the shot and for her no-nonsense approach when connecting with the artist.When not on the road in a tour bus, Christie is at home in London, where she regularly shoots as official photographer for the Royal Albert Hall. She also shoots covers for best-selling crime novels.Christie hates free time, unless she can spend it in France... preferably with a camera. She can be found on both instagram and twitter, @christiegoodwin.

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.

Ella Kasperowicz

Ella Kasperowicz received her illustration licence from Falmouth University in 2017 and loves playing with pens, words and ideas. She is also one third of 'spud' collaborative, a trio in a long distance illustrationship making work together about food and travel.

Eric Lanlard

Master Patissier and twice winner of the prestigious Continental Patissier of the Year at the British Baking Awards, Eric Lanlard has earned himself an international reputation for superlative baked creations for an impressive A-list clientele, including Madonna and Sir Elton John. Having trained in France, Eric moved to London where he ran the patisserie business for Albert and Michel Roux. He stayed there for five years before launching his own business, Cake Boy, a destination cafe, cake emporium and cookery school based in London. Eric is an experienced TV presenter, most recently with Channel 4's Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard. He has appeared on numerous TV food shows including Masterchef: The Professionals, Mary Queen of Shops, The Taste, Great British Bake Off and Junior Bake Off.He is co-author of Cox Cookies and Cake (Mitchell Beazley) and author of Master Cakes (Hamlyn), Tart It Up! and Chocolat (Mitchell Beazley).

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

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 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.

John Morrison

John Morrison is a former racing driver with more than 50 years' experience of racing, including winning the Daytona 24 and competing in Le Mans 24-Hour race

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.

Margaret Rand

Margaret Rand is the former editor of Wine Magazine, Wine & Spirit International and Whisky Magazine. She now writes for The World of Fine Wine, Drinks Business, Decanter and Imbibe among others, and is general editor of Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book. She has won several Roederer and Lanson awards.

Martin Roach

Martin Roach is a best-selling author who has written a number of books on supercars, including The Supercar Book for Boys and Bugatti Veyron: Quest for Perfection. He has worked with F1 legends Nigel Mansell and David Coulthard.

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.

Neil Waterman

Neil Waterman has spent 35 years working in the highest levels of motorsport, and was a senior member of the Red Bull Racing team that dominated Formula 1 and won four consecutive World Driver's and Constructor's Championships.

Peter Furtado

Peter Furtado has been the editor of History Today magazine since 1998. He holds degrees in History and Art History from Oxford University and has edited many reference works on world history, including the Atlas of World History which was 'wholly admirable...a great achievement' (Daily Telegraph). He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Richard Croasdale

Richard Croasdale is an award-winning journalist, editor-in-chief of Ferment craft beer magazine, and an all-round lover of anything cold and hoppy. A member of the Guild of Beer Writers, Richard has travelled the world in search of the best beers and brewers, experiencing the diversity of approaches and cultures that make craft beer so exciting. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and can usually be found evangelising in the city's many excellent beer and whisky bars.

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.