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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.

Alexandra Loske

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

Amber Butchart

Amber specialises in the historical intersections between dress, politics and culture. She has written books on the perennial influence of nautical dress and the impact of film on fashion, and she is regularly asked to speak at cultural hotspots from the Tate to the V&A. Amber recently presented A Stitch in Time, a six-part series on BBC Four that fused biography, art and the history of fashion to explore the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore. It was described as "snappy and engaging" by The Guardian, "hugely enjoyable" by The Telegraph and "mesmerising" by the Radio Times. This was followed by Civilisations Stories: The First Refugees for BBC One and BBC Four, about the Huguenot silk weavers of Spitalfields for the landmark BBC Civilisations season. Her two-part documentary for BBC Radio 4 tracked the rise of vintage clothing and the global ramifications of secondhand style (see here for more). Amber's expertise spans a number of areas. She is a National Crime Agency External Advisor as a Consultant Forensic Garment Analyst, working with Alecto Forensics on cases that require investigation of clothing and textiles. She is an Associate Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies at London College of Fashion, and a former Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London. She has penned articles for The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Financial Times, Icon and The Pool, and is a regular contributor to Frieze.?Amber began her career as Head Buyer and Trend Analyst for international vintage clothing company Beyond Retro. During this time she was interviewed for The Observer as one of the fashion world's best buyers and photographed for Vogue as a girl with great British style. She established the Beyond Retro Design Archive which sells vintage inspiration pieces to global fashion houses, and she was a contributor to leading trend forecasting company WGSN. She has also worked as a design consultant for fashion brands.?Amber is one half of creative collaboration the Broken Hearts, whose spectacular DJ sets were described by The Independent as "a Hollywood musical on hallucinogenics." Together they have graced stages across the globe from Paris to New York and Hong Kong for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton. Their weekly primetime radio show on Jazz FM ran for over 3 years, earning them a Radio Academy Award nomination, and was described by The Guardian as "a cool swing music show hosted by two vintage style icons." To find out more, visit their website.

Ben Street

Ben Street is an art historian, lecturer and writer based in London. He lectures for many museums and institutions and runs his own art trips abroad.

Brian Dilg

Brian Dilg is a photographer, filmmaker, writer, and educator. Founding chair of the Photography department of New York Film Academy, he has also served as a spokesperson for Canon, for whom he created a series of photography tutorials.He has been involved in photography since childhood, growing up in the darkroom under the tutelage of his father and grandfather, both avid amateur photographers. His work has since been exhibited and collected worldwide, and published in the New York Times, Time Out, the Village Voice, and on book covers for Simon and Schuster, Hyperion, Doubleday, and others.

Cachetejack

Cachetejack is Spanish illustration duo Nuria Bellver and Raquel Fanjul, who are currently based in Berlin. They have worked with numerous brands and publications, including The New York Times, Elle and Hermès.

Christie Goodwin

Christie Goodwin is a British photographer with a career that spans over 35 years. 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. 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 can be found on both instagram and twitter @christiegoodwin.

Emily Gosling

Emily Gosling is a freelance editor and writer based in London. She has contributed to Vice, Huffington Post, AnOther magazine and was previously deputy editor at It's Nice That.

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.

Geoffrey Fisher

Geoffrey Fisher studied fine art in the late seventies when his artistic interest rested between painting and sculpture. After graduating from art school he set up his own studio and a few years later moved abroad to broaden his life experience. Here his ideas developed into making everyday objects. His items first sold in a concept store on Brick Lane, and his range is now available throughout Europe and America.

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

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.

Lia Leendertz

Lia Leendertz is an award-winning garden and food writer. She writes a monthly almanac column for the Telegraph, a monthly column for The Garden magazine and a long-running series on growing and eating seasonally for Simple Things magazine. She also contributes frequently to the Guardian and Gardens Illustrated. She is the author of several gardening books and the cookbook Petal, Leaf, Seed: Cooking with the garden's treasures. Lia appears monthly on BB6 Music with Cerys Matthews.Find out more about Lia at www.lialeendertz.com, on Twitter @lialeendertz and on Instagram @lia_leendertz.

Martha Roberts

Martha Roberts is an award-winning journalist who has written for YOU magazine, the Daily Mail, the Guardian, Glamour and Sunday Express. She is a columnist at Psychologies magazine where she has written about evidence-based ways of achieving happiness and now writes about colour and how it makes us think and act. Her blog thecolourfile.com was shortlisted for the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2017 in the Best Colour Inspiration Category (sponsored by Farrow & Ball). She takes on private commissions for bespoke shelf art.Social media: Twitter @martharoberts01 Instagram @the_colour_file

Megan C Hayes PhD

Megan C Hayes is a groundbreaking researcher and pioneer of the Positive Journal® approach to personal writing. She has spent a decade studying writing and the psychology of happiness, and discovering ways that writing makes us happier. She is an academic in the fields of Positive Psychology and Creative Writing, with a personal interest in mental health issues after growing up with a mother and sister who both experienced bipolar episodes. Megan's interdisciplinary PhD explored writing as a tool to promote and support psychological wellbeing. She has shared her research in the UK, United States and Europe, including papers in The International Journal of Wellbeing and Writing in Practice: The Journal of Creative Writing Research. She is a co-founder of Creative Writing Lab: The Network for Research in Creative Writing and Wellbeing, and continues to be fascinated with how words and writing can create happiness.

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.

Midia Star

Midia Star is a journalist and freelance writer. She has studies and practised witchcraft, paganism and tarot since she was 12-years-old. Her philosophy is to live a magical life.

Nerina Ramlakhan

Dr Nerina Ramlakhan has been a professional physiologist and sleep therapist for 25 years. She works with a number of corporate clients, runs sleep and wellness programmes at Nightingale Hospital in London, and is also the sleep advisor to the Silentnight bed company. She is author of Tired But Wired (Souvenir Press, 2010) and Fast Asleep, Wide Awake (Harper Thorsons, 2016) and her work has been featured in newspapers and magazines including the Telegraph, The Times, the Guardian, New Scientist, Healthy Living and Psychologies. She has also appeared on numerous national TV and radio programmes. Nerina is a mother, climber, marathon runner, meditator and compulsive bookworm. She lives in London.Find out more at www.drnerina.com or on Twitter @DrNerina.

Paula Grainger

Paula Grainger is a well-known Medical Herbalist and member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists with respected practices in Santa Cruz, California, and her native England. She works with clients using herbs and nutrition to maximise wellness, as well as teaching natural and herbal lifestyle classes. She is joint author of Infuse (Hamlyn, 2016). She can be found on Instagram @paulagrainger and she blogs on all things herbal at www.paulagrainger.com.

Richard Bernabe

Richard Bernabe is an internationally-renowned nature, wildlife, and travel photographer from the United States. His passion for adventure has been the driving force behind his life's quest to capture the moods and character of the world's most amazing places, from Africa to the Amazon and countless places in between.Editorial clients include National Geographic, The New York Times, Time, The BBC, The World Wildlife Fund, National Parks, Outdoor Photographer, and many others. Corporate clients include Canon, Orvis, Apple, Microsoft, and more. Richard was named one of the "Top 30 Influential Photographers on the Web" by the Huffington Post and included in the "20 Photographers Changing the World Through Social Media" by Influence Digest. He has more than 1 million social media followers.

Robert Massey

Robert Massey PhD is an astronomer and Deputy Executive Director at the Royal Astronomical Society.