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Plain Simple Useful: The Essence of Conran Style

Sir Terence Conran

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Prose: non-fiction, Interior design, decor & style guides, Garden design & planning

In tune with the current trend for living stylishly with less, this expended edition offers an indispensable guide to contemporary living from one of the world's most iconic figures of design.

'A handsome yet joyful manual for easy, stylish living.' - Architectural Digest

Terence Conran always believed that objects - and surroundings - that are plain, simple and useful are the key to easy living. By being practical and performing well over time, they are as much the antidote to superficial styling as they are to the shoddy and second-rate. Applied to the home as a whole, this discerning approach results in interiors that are effortlessly stylish, confident and timeless, with plenty of room for the expression of personal taste.

Plain Simple Useful is organized according to the main activities that take place at home. Inspirational interiors, many of which were Conran's own, provide all the guidance you need to tailor-make your own storage. The book also features iconic examples of classic designs that will enhance any home, as well as a peek behind the closed doors of those well-ordered cupboards, larders and other stowing spaces that contribute so much to easy living.

This updated edition of the book features a new chapter on plain, simple, useful style outdoors with elegant contemporary ideas for eating and relaxing spaces outside.

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Praise for Plain Simple Useful: The Essence of Conran Style

  • Sir Terence Conran is something of a demigod in the design world. The author, entrepreneur, restaurateur, shop owner, and designer is known for an effortlessly chic aesthetic that has influenced the industry for decades. - Architectural Digest

  • One could fill a fashionable shelf with the lifestyle books written by Sir Terence Conran, the designer, restaurateur and retailer who founded the European home furnishings store Habitat a half-century ago. - The Houston Chronicle

  • This beautifully packaged tome shows yet again that Conran (How to Live in Small Spaces) has an uncanny ability to provide people with exactly what they want after they want it. Now that the tiny house movement has exploded, and spare is the new lux, Conran presents his version of a pared-down aesthetic. - Publishers Weekly

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Sir Terence Conran

Terence Conran is one of the world's best-known designers, restaurateurs and retailers. In the 1960s he founded Habitat - the chain of homeware stores that brought good, modern design within reach of the general population for the very first time. Over the subsequent 50 years Terence built another group of companies centred around design, retailing, restaurants and hotels. Today, Conran owns restaurants and shops in eight cities throughout the world and a design business serving many international clients that includes architecture and interior design, product and graphic design and brand licensing. Terence was knighted for his services to design in 1983.

Peter Prescott has worked with Terence Conran since 2001 for the Conran Restaurants group after garnering experience at Claridge's and Grosvenor House on Park Lane.

In 2006 Peter and Terence formed a new company called Prescott & Conran Ltd., the venture responsible for the award-winning Boundary Hotel, Restaurant and Rooftop, plus Albion Cafe, Bakery and Shop, Lutyens Restaurant, Bar and Cellar Rooms in London's Fleet Street and the new restaurant, Parabola, at the new Design Museum.

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