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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

The Anatomy Sketchbook

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The Watercolour Ideas Book

Joanna Goss
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Wendy Ann Greenhalgh
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Wendy Ann Greenhalgh
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BBC Radio 6 Music's Alternative Jukebox

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.

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.

Darcy Oake

A 27-year-old illusionist hailing from Winnipeg, Canada, Darcy Oake appeared at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and won the coveted People's Choice Gold Medal in Seattle, Washington before he was even legally of age. After reaching the final of Britain's Got Talent, Darcy headlined his own ITV special, Edge of Reality, with the international tour of the same name scheduled to launch in the UK in the fall of 2015 and booked to thrill audiences across New Zealand, Australia and North America during 2016.

Isa Maria Seminega

Isa Seminega is a design entrepreneur and strategist using business and design to make an impact in the world.For sixteen years she's worked with brands to communicate their cause, share their stories and define their position in the market. In 2009, she moved away from corporate brands, starting her own agency to work with creative entrepreneurs, and has worked with many small business owners as a marketing, PR and brand consultant. She's also the founder and design director of Happy Piece, a socially conscious homeware brand and ethical manufacturing studio, on a mission to eradicate poverty in Rwanda.

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 Goss

Joanna Goss embraces playfulness and joy in her delightful and original watercolors. Her unmistakable style and contemporary pattern-based paintings have earned her recognition from across the web. The bright, vibrant designs she creates continually lend themselves to unique applications.From custom stationery to textiles, Goss' nostalgic and of-the-moment sensibilities have landed her retail lines with top national brands. In addition to her popular patterns, she is known for painting colorfully whimsical portraits of people and animals.Goss has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Northern Illinois University. She lives with her boyfriend and their two cats in Aurora, Illinois.

Joanna Nylund

Joanna Nylund was born and raised in Finland, where she started her writing career doing music reviews for a local magazine at age 15. After studying English literature at university and living in the UK for a few years, she has been working as a translator, journalist, copywriter and photographer. She resides in Helsinki with her husband.Aside from writing for Finnish newspapers and magazines on topics of culture, literature and history, Joanna is a regular contributor to ThisIsFinland, the Finnish Foreign Ministry's portal on all things Finnish, and SCAN Magazine. She has to rustle up a bit more sisu whenever cold autumn winds begin beating the Helsinki shoreline where she goes running, but secretly enjoys the challenge.Find out more about Joanna on Instagram @joannaulfsdotter, Facebook @joanna.nylund or her website and blog at www.joannaulfsdotter.com.

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.

Lana 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.

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.

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 best-selling books on bonsai. Over the years he has been featured in numerous television programmes on bonsai.

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.

Thomas Pavitte

Thomas Pavitte's unique talent is creating activity puzzles that result in something truly extraordinary. His 1000 Dot-to-Dot books and Querkles colouring books have become international best-sellers, enjoyed by creative puzzle fans the world over, with millions of copies in print.Constantly exploring new graphic ideas, Thomas lives in Melbourne, Australia, and shares his work at thomasmakesstuff.com.

Wendy Ann Greenhalgh

Wendy Ann Greenhalgh has been a practising artist and writer for 20 years, working professionally as an artist, illustrator, photographer and filmmaker, and winning awards for her short stories and poetry. She has been practising mindfulness since her teens, and in 2010 she set up Art of Mindfulness, a workshop for teaching it through creativity, with popular courses in Brighton and London.