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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.

Amber Butchart

Amber Butchart is a BBC television and radio presenter, and an associate lecturer at London College of Fashion.Her series A Stitch in Time aired on BBC4, exploring the stories behind the clothes worn by some of the most fascinating figures in history. She presented From Rags to Riches for BBC Radio 4 and Civilisations Stories for BBC One.She is the author of four previous books, Fashion Illustration in Britain, The Fashion of Film, Nautical Chic and Amber Jane Butchart's Fashion Miscellany.

Angel Strawbridge

If ever there was a vintage-clad, firey redhead that knew how to bring all the glam of the golden years to life, it's Angel Strawbridge. Angel has written down her well-honed insight for all things 'tea party' so that everyone can share the magic of this timeless era anywhere and for any occasion.Angel's eye for beautiful things began at the age of thirteen, when she started acquiring fur jackets, jewelled bags and glamorous hats from the vintage eras. A market stall followed and when the stall couldn't cope anymore, Angel moved to a big converted school house in Bethnal Green. It was here in 2001 that she launched The Vintage Experience, where Angel offered advice, styling and hand-picked vintage delights for her clients - as well as providing them with delicious cakes! The Vintage Experience lasted for seven years. When this could grow no more, the Vintage Patisserie brand was born.Angel appeared on BBC Two's Dragon's Den in 2010 and instantly became the face to remember when she was offered a £100k investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis for developing her website and business, The Vintage Patisserie (http://www.vintagepatisserie.co.uk).In the same year, Angel met and fell in love with ex-Army colonel, engineer, inventor and author, Dick Strawbridge. Life moved quickly! They are now married and have two children, Arthur and Dorothy. The Strawbridges have embarked on the renovation project of a lifetime in rural France, bringing the fairytale 19th-century Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson back to life. Together they make quite a team and their adventures in craft, vintage weddings, engineering and all things DIY can be seen in the popular Channel 4 series Escape to the Chateau.

Beth Penn

Beth Penn is a professional organizer, speaker and life hacker. "Overwhelming" is a word that Beth has heard often over her 10+ years servicing clients on physical and digital clutter. She is the founder of the thriving professional organizing business Bneato Bar, whose clients range from corporations looking for big-picture time management solutions to the busy individual simply flooded with email, paper and stuff. She has been appeared on the The Today Show for her Naked Inbox workshop, which helps people declutter their email inboxes.Penn has been featured in Real Simple Magazine, Oh Joy!, DesignLoveFest, and more, and has collaborated on projects with Style by Emily Henderson and Apartment Therapy. She has further connections to Houzz, The Huffington Post, Ban.do, Pop Sugar, The Body Book blog, "Elise Gets Crafty" Podcast, The OWN Show, the LA Times, Poketo, Room + Board, West Elm, The Unique Space, The Unique CAMP and Yellow Conference.Discover more about Beth at www.Bneatobar.com or on Twitter and Instagram @bneatobar

Camilla Stephens

Higgidy's founder and chief pie maker, Camilla Stephens, began making pies in 2003, having trained as a cook at Leiths School of Food and Wine. She worked for a time as head of food development for Starbucks UK before leaving to follow her dreams and start her own business - Higgidy. Since then, Higgidy has become one of the UK's fastest-growing food companies, and its products are now stocked in most of the country's major supermarkets. Camilla is married to Higgidy's co-founder James, and they have two children.

Carolyn Asome

Carolyn Asome is a fashion and interiors writer and brand consultant. She was a fashion editor at The Times for 14 years and now contributes to the The Times, The Sunday Times Style magazine, the Telegraph, and Vogue. She lives in London with her husband, two daughters and one son.

Charlotte Cosby

Head of creative, Charlotte Cosby, has been working with Farrow & Ball for the past eight years. Charlotte began her career in finance, but she soon realized that her heart was in the creative world and she moved to Farrow & Ball in 2006. She has full responsibility for creative direction, including product development, brand identity, photography, showroom design and much more. Charlotte is passionate about pattern, colour and design and spends much of her free time redecorating her beautiful Victorian apartment by the sea.

Chloe Fox

Chloe Fox is a contributing editor to Vogue, where she spent three years working on the Features desk. Over the years, she has interviewed a number of its cover stars, including Sienna Miller, Keira Knightley and Helena Bonham Carter. She is also the author of two of the biographies in the hugely popular Vogue On Series - Vogue On Alexander McQueen and Vogue On Manolo Blahnik.

Claus Meyer

Claus Meyer has been a gastronomic entrepreneur for more than 30 years, and has inspired a generation to discover local Nordic produce through his portfolio of businesses, cookbooks, TV shows, lectures and agenda-setting viewpoints. He co-founded the celebrated restaurant noma, in Copenhagen, in 2003 and also founded restaurant GUSTU, in La Paz (Bolivia). In 2016 he opened a large-scale food space within the Grand Central Terminal in New York City, the Great Northern Food Hall, and a 100-seat restaurant, Agern, as well as a bakery in Williamsburg.

Da-Hae West

Da-Hae was born in Busan, South Korea, but raised in England from the age of three. Her mother continued to cook Korean food in England, often using ingenious substitutions, so Da-Hae enjoyed Korean breakfasts, lunches and dinners every day. With her husband, Gareth West, she decided to start their street food company Busan BBQ in 2013, with Da-Hae now running the business full-time. Da-Hae, Gareth and Busan BBQ have been featured in the media on numerous occasions, from the Travel Channel and BBC's The One Show to many excellent reviews and features in press ranging nationals such as the Telegraph and the Independent to magazines such as Stylist.

Eric Zandona

Eric Zandona is Director of Spirits Information at the American Distilling Institute, and a writer for Distiller Magazine. He also runs the website EZdrinking.com and is an author/editor for the ADI's publishing arm, White Mule Press. He lives in Mexico.Twitter: @EZdrinking

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.

Gynelle Leon

Gynelle Leon is the founder of Prick, London's first shop dedicated to cacti and succulents. Her boutique has been featured in the Evening Standard, the Financial Times, Monocle, i-D and the Huffington Post. She is also an RHS award winning plant photographer.

Haje Jan Kamps

Haje Jan Kamps set up his first photo website at the age of 16 and is now one of the world's best-read photography bloggers; his site photocritic.org has thousands of visitors every day. Shooting with any camera he can, including his smartphone, he has built a successful freelance career, and written books for serious professionals and hobbyists alike, including bestseller 'The Rules of Photography & When To Break Them'. He has also founded a photography technology company, Triggertrap, which sells smart remote releases.

Iain R Webb

IAIN R. WEBB is an award-winning writer and Professor of Fashion and Design at Kingston School of Art. He is also an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins and Bath Spa University. During his career he has been fashion editor of BLITZ, the Evening Standard, Harpers & Queen, The Times and Elle, while contributing to various publications including NME, The New York Times and Vogue. He is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Vogue Colouring Book, and has written several other books including Bill Gibb: Fashion and Fantasy, Postcards from the Edge of the Catwalk, As Seen in BLITZ: Fashioning '80s Style, Invitation Strictly Personal and Foale and Tuffin: The Sixties. His latest book, Marc Jacobs Unseen, is published in September 2018. He also works as a curator and projects include 'We're Not Here To Sell Clothes' at the ICA, 'You're Ugly and Your Mother Dresses You Funny' at Paul Smith, Mayfair, 'See Me, Feel Me' at the MoBA Biennale Arnhem and 'Invitation Strictly Personal' at Somerset House. He now lives in Bath where he consults for the Fashion Museum, makes 'things to hang on your back and your wall' and muses over his life in frocks on Instagram (hopeandglitter).

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.

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.

Keith Stephenson

Keith and Mark launched Mini Moderns in 2006, an interiors brand specialising in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, rugs and ceramics. The initial collection was snapped up by Heal's and the brand now sells online and via selected stockists around the world. Their design influences range from mid-century textiles to vintage toys, from literature to childhood memories.

Linnea Dunne

Linnea Dunne was born and raised in Sweden, where she started her writing career as a columnist at the local newspaper aged 15. She left for Ireland a few years later and eventually moved to London, where she studied Creative Writing and Political Communications. Linnea's work on subjects ranging from motherhood to women's rights and media narratives has been published by (among others) the Irish Times, the Guardian and the Irish Independent. She also works as Editor of Scan Magazine, spreading the word about all things Scandinavian, and is the author of Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living (2017). Linnea now lives in Dublin with her husband and two kids. Juggling life as a work-from-home freelance professional with motherhood and countless creative projects, and inspired by her husband who gets up early to meditate every morning, she recently took up daily yoga and set out to find out how a good morning ritual can contribute to a sense of peace and purpose.

Maria Ahlgren

Maria Ahlgren is a Swedish health and beauty editor, who has previously written for publications such as Elle. She worked as a beauty, health and fashion journalist in Tokyo for several years, where she first became aware of the concept of beauty food.

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