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A design philosophy: Plain Simple Useful by Sir Terence Conran

Plain Simple Useful by Sir Terence Conran

Plain, simple, useful. It’s a design mantra that has served Sir Terence Conran well. It is also one that we should take heed of when looking for our own interior and design inspiration.

Of looking to objects and surroundings that are indeed plain, simple and useful, Sir Terence Conran explains, “They are as much the antidote to pointless complexity and superficial styling as they are to the shoddy and the second-rate. Applied to the house as a whole, this approach results in interiors that are effortlessly stylish, confident and timeless. In such surroundings, colour sings out, pattern adds verve and there is plenty of room for the expression of personal taste.”

Conran’s new book serves as a guide to help you make the most of your living space, from cooking and working, to sleeping and bathing, and all at a cost you can afford. It provides insight into the designs and techniques employed for an orderly and functional home and includes his recommendations of items that can help to enhance easy and contemporary living – practical objects such as Alvar Aalto’s stacking stools, Duralex glasses and Kilner jars.

Plain Simple Useful: The Essence of Conran Style by Sir Terence Conran (published by Conran Octopus) is available from 5th May. £25.