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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.

Andrew Wallas

Andrew Wallas, has been described by the Daily Mail as a 'Modern Day Wizard' who 'transforms your energy', creating 'alchemical shift'. He has been successful in an outer world sense - creating significant wealth in the City - but was ahead of the curve in realizing 32 years ago that wealth is not money, it is happiness. His aim is to impart the message that if we leave the outside world alone for a while and concentrate on our inner world, our outer world will reflect any internal shift we make.Andrew started his working life in the City, where in 10 years he became extremely successful in Finance. By his late twenties, he realised that the rapid growth in outer financial success was correlated with a sense of inner meaninglessness and loneliness. After a breakdown/ breakthrough, Andrew left the City and spent four years studying at Theological College, obtaining degrees in both theology and philosophy and subsequently gained a master's degree in psychology. Following several trainings in psychotherapy, he opened a thriving clinical practice in North London, working with individuals and groups.

Caroline Pessin

Caroline Pessin is a writer and food stylist who has worked in advertising, journalism and publishing. Caroline's approach is to offer recipes that are easy to assemble, healthy and above all delicious. A working mother, she knows the struggle of organizing fresh, healthy dinners for the family after a long day at work.

Catherine Gray

Catherine Gray is an award-winning writer and editor who has been feautured in the Guardian, Stylist, the Telegraph, Grazia, The Lancet Psychiatrist, Mr & Mrs Smith, BBC Earth, Women's Health, Stella, T2, Private Eye, Woman's Hour and BBC Breakfast. Catherine's hit debut, The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, was a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller. Since then she has published The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober Journal and the critically accalmed Unexpected Joy of Being Single.When she's not writing, Catherine can generally be found taking twenty (identical) pictures of the sunset, wondering why she's always the sweatiest person in yoga, fighting her 'spend it all!' financial urges, or scanning the body language of strangers to see if it's OK to pet their dog.Find out more about Catherine Gray on Twitter @cathgraywrites and Instagram @unexpectedjoyof

Cynthia Emerlye

Cynthia Emerlye was born in Rhode Island, USA. Growing up in a creative family, she was introduced to homey and fine crafts at a young age. Her work is detailed and elegant, convoluted and richly feminine in nature, recalling the lush illuminated manuscripts of the Renaissance and the detail of William Morris. Her floral designs are highly distinctive and have been adapted to many decorative and commercial uses. Her paintings and illustrations, utilising a soft, rainbow palette, incorporate symbols and mythic iconography into their dreamscapes.

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.

Diana Henry

Diana Henry is one of the UK's best-loved food writers. She has a weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph and also writes for BBC Good Food, House & Garden and Waitrose Weekend, as well as being a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4. Diana has won numerous awards for her journalism and books, including Cookery Journalist of the Year from the Guild of Food Writers (three times, most recently in 2015), Cookery Writer of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards in 2013 and 2015 and Cookery Book of the Year for Simple at Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2017. A Change of Appetite was voted Cookbook of the Year by the Guild of Food Writers in 2015 and A Bird in the Hand won a James Beard award in 2016. Diana has written ten other books including Crazy Water Pickled Lemons, A Bird in the Hand, Cook Simple, Salt Sugar Smoke, Roast Figs Sugar Snow, A Change of Appetite, Simple and How to Eat a Peach. A Bird in the Hand, Simple and How to Eat a Peach were Top 10 Bestsellers and Diana's books have sold over 700,000 copies worldwide.Diana studied English Literature at the University of Oxford and journalism at City, University of London. She was a TV producer for the BBC for over ten years before starting to write. She lives in London with her children.www.dianahenry.co.ukInstagram: @dianahenryfoodTwitter: @dianahenryfood

Dr Ross Bayton

Dr Ross Bayton gained a Bachelor's degree in tropical ecology, and later a Masters and a PhD, both in taxonomy. He is the co-author of RHS Genealogy for Gardeners and RHS Gardening School (both Mitchell Beazley), and worked for three years at BBC Gardeners' World Magazine.

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

Frank C. Clifford

Frank C Clifford has been a student of the mysteries for over thirty years. He hopes his guide will help you to discover your true path.

Gabrielle Hales

Gabrielle has been teaching yoga for seven years and her offering has slowly evolved with her practise. She teaches a slow, mindful flow, prefaced with pranayama to draw people to the innerworld and soften more deeply into themselves.As many yogis discovered thousands of years ago, she too observed how her body hoarded habits and memories and that movement and breath work was the most effective way to release these tensions, to celebrate the body and awaken the mind. Gabrielle started Secret Yoga Club to gather a community of people who are interested in discovering themselves through creative, embodied experiences. SYC supports its ever-growing family of practitioners and seeks to evolve endlessly and introduce different healing practices to its expanding community of beautiful, inquisitive people.

Jamie Purviance

New York Times bestselling author Jamie Purviance is one of America's top grilling experts and Weber's master griller.Jamie is a graduate of Stanford University and the Culinary Institute of America. He is an accomplished chef and teacher who has helped millions of people to grill like professionals. He is a regular contributor to national newspapers and magazines, and is the author of many bestselling Weber cookbooks.

Jane Snedden Peever

Jane's natural talent for creating patterns has led her to teaching classes in mandala-making in her native Canada. She also creates her unique hand-drawn mandalas for colouring books and online publications. Her previously published work encompasses her other great skill in fiber arts, including books of her unique designs for Aran sweaters.

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 Vincent

John is co-founder of LEON, which now has more than 55 restaurants (including in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Oslo and Washington, DC). He wrote LEON Naturally Fast Food with Henry Dimbleby, LEON Family & Friends with Kay Plunkett-Hogge, LEON Happy Salads and LEON Fast & Free with Jane Baxter and LEON Happy Soups, LEON Happy One-pot Cooking and LEON Fast Vegan with Rebecca Seal. He thinks that our relationship with food should be positive and joyous and that we need to listen more carefully to our gut, eat more good fats and less sugar.

Madonna Gauding

Madonna Gauding has been a student of Buddhism for over 12 years and is a practitioner of martial arts. She is the author of The Meditation Bible, World Mandalas, Six Keys to Buddhist Living and Working with Meditation. Location: St Louis, Missouri, USA.

Matthew Keightley

Matt Keightley is an award-winning garden designer with more than 12 years' experience in the landscaping industry and a reputation as one of the UK's most exciting young garden designers.He made waves within the landscaping industry in 2014 when, as a debutant at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, he was awarded the RHS Silver-Gilt Medal and the highly acclaimed BBC People's Choice Award for his 'Help for Heroes' show garden, dedicated to the wounded men and women of the armed forces. One year later he was back at Chelsea, this time working with Prince Harry for his charity Sentebale.Matt's 'Hope in Vulnerability' show garden earned him another Silver-Gilt Medal and the BBC People's Choice Award for the second year running. In 2017, he was appointed to design an RHS/BBC Radio 2 garden for Chelsea with presenter Jeremy Vine. A contemporary space designed around the sense of touch, this immersive, tactile garden featured bold geometric forms juxtaposed with a soft, elegant planting palette.Matt is now working on projects in the UK and Germany. His personable character and extensive horticultural knowledge ensure that he is a regular guest presenter and speaker at various garden design events and seminars.www.rosebanklandscaping.co.uk

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.

Patrizia Collard

Dr Patrizia Collard is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, stress management consultant and lecturer in psychotherapy at the University of East London. Her books include Journey into Mindfulness, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies, Awakening the Compassionate Mind (2014), and The Little Book of Mindfulness. Dr Collard's wide range of approaches and methodologies include mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy, rational emotive behaviour therapy, core energy management, existential therapy, drama therapy, yoga and meditation, relaxation and self-hypnosis.

Paul Henderson

Paul Henderson has been GQ's Food and Drink editor since 2003. He has interviewed many of the biggest names in gastronomy, from Gordon Ramsay to Jamie Oliver. His work has also appeared in the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Spectator.