Plain Simple Useful: The Essence of Conran Style

Plain Simple Useful: The Essence of Conran Style

by Terence Conran
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'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, 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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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. It is doubtful, however, that the average citizen can pull it off. Yes, there is the occasional helpful tidbit, with strategic information on Unfitted Kitchens (that is, sans cabinets or built-in appliances), Storage, or Shared Work Areas. Less successful are color-coded charts interspersed throughout the book, which are visually complicated and hard to decipher, the book title notwithstanding. While the attractively aspirational photographs of perfectly stained floors, clutter-free kitchen tables, and neatly arranged kiddie detritus imply that all this sparseness is possible, those with small children and furry pets might be tempted to add another word to this book's title: "Housekeeper." (June)

Library Journal

Noted and knighted British designer Conran here distills his design philosophy to the essentials. He discusses every room of the home—including offices and children's rooms—explaining lighting, surface, storage, furniture, and decorative accessory options. Interspersed throughout are detailed facts about items the designer recommends, such as the Moka espresso pot and the Anglepoise light. In more than 150 color photographs the author shows the light-filled interiors of his own London mews house and his country home, as well as those of other residences that exemplify his style. Given that Conran reviews the whole house, the information is more condensed than that found in his "Essential" series. VERDICT As Conran continues to make inroads into the U.S. market, in particular with his furnishings and decorative accessories for JCPenney, this volume will be useful for those interested in his design sensibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781840918120
Publisher: Octopus Books
Publication date: 06/30/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,200,630
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.05(d)

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