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Plain Simple Useful: The Essence of Conran Style

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 leading doyens of design.

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

Terence Conran has 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 are 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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Terence Conran

Sir Terence Conran is one of the world's best-known designers, retailers and restaurateurs. Born in 1931 he founded the Conran Design Studio in 1956, and in 1964 opened the first of the Habitat chain of home furnishing stores that revolutionized design on the British high street in the '60s and '70s and continued to expand its influence around the globe.

Later Terence established The Conran Shop and opened stores in London, Paris, Germany, New York, across Japan as well as his largest store ever in Seoul, South Korea.

In the 1990s Terence founded Conran Restaurants, opening iconic restaurants, hotels and bars around the world including Quaglino's, Bluebird, Mezzo, Guastavino's and Le Pont de la Tour. His current restaurant ventures include the iconic Bibendum in Chelsea and The Boundary in Shoreditch.

In 1989 he founded the Design Museum in London, the world's first museum dedicated to design, which moved to larger premises in the former Commonwealth Building in Kensington, in 2016.

Terence continues to design furniture for Benchmark, Content by Terence Conran and The Conran Shop, and is the author more than 50 informative books that broadly reflect his design philosophy.

Terence was knighted for his services to design in 1983, and in 2018 he was made a Companion of Honour by Her Majesty The Queen, one of the highest distinctions available in the United Kingdom.

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