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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.

Alan Anderson

A publishing professional, Alan Anderson has written books about his twin passions: the history of the written word (Ornamental Alphabets, Ilex, 2018) and cycling (Muck, Sweat & Gears, Carlton, 2011). He lives in Hove (UK) and is currently working on a third book, about suffering and pain.

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.

Charles M Schulz

Charles M. Schulz once described himself as 'born to draw comic strips.' At just two days old an uncle nicknamed him 'Sparky' after the horse Spark Plug from the Barney Google comic strip, and his family called him this all his life. Throughout his youth he and his father shared a Sunday morning ritual of reading the funnies.After serving in the army in World War II, Schulz's first big break came in 1947 when he sold a cartoon feature called 'Li'l Folks' to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. In 1950, Schulz met with United Feature Syndicate, and on October 2 of that same year PEANUTS®, as termed by the syndicate, debuted in seven newspapers.Charles Schulz would spend the next 50 years building a legacy that would give the world Charlie Brown, Snoopy and a whole cast of characters that would forever change the landscape of American comic strips. He died at the age of 77, in February 2000, and the last PEANUTS strip, in which Schulz announced his retirement, was published the following day.

Charlie Whinney

Charlie Whinney studied Architecture at Kingston University, Furniture Design at Rycotewood and 3D Design for Sustainability at Falmouth College of Art. He co-founded Cornish design company sixxis, where he designed many award-winning products, before forming the Charlie Whinney Studio in 2008. Now based in the Lake District National Park, Charlie continues to create stunning designs with wood as well as teaching popular classes and launching his new brand, Fragmented Factories.

Clara Drummond

Artist Clara Drummond was awarded first prize for the BP Portrait Award in 2016, In 2017 Drummond was commissioned by Her Majesty the Queen to do an Order of Merit portrait which is now part of the Royal Collection. In addition she was awarded the Bulldog Trust Award by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Young Artist of the Year award by the Society of Women Artists. She is a tutor at The Royal Drawing School.

Daniela Bowker

Daniela Bowker, author and curator of this book, is a noted photography journalist and photographer with a keen eye for digital art. She is co-author of Ilex's Photo School: Composition and a featured writer on the popular photography blog Pixiq.com.

Denise Harrison

Denise Harrison is an award-winning artist who paints mainly in acrylics, on a variety of subjects. Her vibrant use of colour and accessible teaching method means that her classes sell out within hours. Her studio is based in Brighton.

F. G. Delamotte

Freeman Gage Delamotte (1814-1862) was a master draughtsman and engraver, with a desire to make the essential and beautiful accessible. From his studios on London's Strand he published a series of books of designs and letterforms for artists and designers: these went on to become best-sellers, reprinting repeatedly through the Victorian age and dramatically influencing the aesthetics and applied arts of the entire era.

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.

Harriet de Winton

Harriet de Winton is an artist and stationer. Founder of the de Winton Paper Co, Harriet hosts a number of popular workshops throughout the UK including Brush Lettering, Watercolour Florals and Modern Calligraphy.

Lotte Jeffs

Lotte Jeffs is an award-winning writer, editor and creative director. She has a regular column in the Evening Standard newspaper and was previously ES Magazine's Acting Editor.Most recently Lotte was the Deputy Editor of Elle. In 2015, Lotte Jeffs wrote a listicle for ELLEUK.com entitled the '39 Things That Make You a Gentlewoman'. It is to date, the most read piece of non-celebrity content on the website. The piece contributed among her other features to her winning 'Writer of The Year' at the Press & Publishing Association (PPA) Awards and Columnist of the Year at ELLE.

Matthew Biggs

Matthew Biggs trained at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has presented numerous television programmes, notably Channel 4's Garden Club, and is a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time. He has written several books, including RHS Lessons From Great Gardeners (also Mitchell Beazley). Matthew contributes to several magazines, including the RHS's The Garden, BBC Gardeners' World and Gardens Illustrated. He lectures at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Oxford University Botanic Gardens and the Cookery School of Michelin-starred chief Jean-Christophe Novelli, and is Course Director of the Plants and Plantsmanship course at the English Gardening School.

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.

Sally Tallant

Sally Tallant is a curator. Previously Director of the Liverpool Biennial, she is currently Director of Queen's Museum in New York City. From 2001-11, Tallant was Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London where she was responsible for a broad range of exhibitions, architecture, education and public programmes. She is a Board Member of the International Biennial Association and a member of the London Regional Council for Arts Council England. In 2018 she was awarded an OBE for services to the arts in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Selwyn Leamy

SELWYN LEAMY is a full-time landscape painter. An experienced tutor and lecturer, Selwyn teaches Fine Art at diploma level and has had successful exhibitions in London. As well as working as an artist, he has had broad experience of teaching from primary age through to A-level and adults. Selwyn currently tutors for painting and photography holidays in Italy and Morocco. His first book, Read This if You Want to be Great at Drawing was published by Laurence King in 2017.

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.

Tim Pilcher

Tim Pilcher is a comic book expert, historian, journalist, and lecturer. He has worked as an assistant editor at DC Comics Vertigo imprint, and has written comic strips for the BBC, De Agostini, and the Young Telegraph. He was also associate editor of Comics International and has written numerous books on comics including the Complete Cartooning Course and The Essential Guide to World Comics with Brad Brooks, and Erotic Comics: A Graphic History Volumes 1 & 2. He is a co-founder and current Chair of the Comic Book Alliance, "The Voice of the British comics industry .

Veronica Ballart Lilja

Veronica Ballart Lilja was born in Stockholm, studied Graphic Design in Barcelona, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. A successful fashion illustrator, she has worked for brands like Zara, Mango, and Harpers Bazaar. Most of her work is in watercolour, which she often uses as a basis for innovative mixed-media work.