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Plain Simple Useful : The Essence of Conran Style - Terence Conran

Plain Simple Useful

The Essence of Conran Style


Published: 10th June 2014
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Make the most of your time, space and funds with this indispensable guide to contemporary living by the world's leading guru on interior design.

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, and a number of projects designed by him exclusively for this book, 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.

About the Author

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.

In January 2011 Conran began working with Marks & Spencer in the UK, designing an exclusive range of homewares for the store. In 2012 Conran signed a deal to collaborate with US retail giant jcpenney to design an exclusive range of furniture, lighting and accessories for the home. The initial collection launched in spring 2013 into 300 jcpenney stores throughout the US and there will be new ranges launching each spring and autumn. Terence was knighted for his services to design in 1983 and has been provost of the Royal College of Art in London. In 1982 he opened the very first museum in the world dedicated to design, which is now the celebrated Design Museum in London, due to move to new premises in 2015 thanks to a massive expansion programme.

'Plain Simple Useful strips back domestic design to its fundamental principles: an intensely satisfying approach that is the antithesis of fast, fleeting fashions.' - Catriona Gray, House and Garden

'Concise guidelines accompany the crisp photography, resulting in a handsome yet joyful manual for easy, stylish living.' - Carrie Hojnicki, Architectural Digest

'The Essence of Conran Style is an indispensable guide to contemporary living by the leading guru on interior design, Terence Conran. The book is organized according to the main activities that take place at home:?cooking, eating, relaxing, working, sleeping and bathing. Inspirational interiors provide the guidance to tailor-make your own storage.' - Houston Lifestyles and Homes

Introduction 10
Cooking 20
Eating 60
Relaxing 94
Workign 128
Sleeping 156
Bathing 186
Stockists 218
Index 220

ISBN: 9781840916553
ISBN-10: 1840916559
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 10th June 2014
Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.1 x 20.8  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 1.15
Edition Number: 1