Ross Lovegrove (Wales 1958-)
“Strangeness is a consequence of innovative thinking.” Ross Lovegrove,one of the most important and innovative of contemporary industrial designers, studied design at Manchester Polytechnic and later trained at the Royal College of Art in London. In the early 1980s, Lovegrove accepted a position with frog design, a well known design firm. It was there that Lovegrove worked on projects like the design of the Sony Walkman and the Apple computer. He was considered an expert in both product ergonomics and Green Design. Lovegrove subsequently moved to Paris where he spent time advising for Knoll international. In 1990, Lovegrove opened his own design office in London, Studio X. Since that time, a host of A-list businesses have graced his client list like Sony, Moroso, Apple, British Airways, Kartell, Tag Heuer, and Herman Miller. His unwavering ability to entice consumers with appealing fluid shapes, persuasive technology, rich color and beautiful materials has made him a favorite of top consumer driven companies. Highly experimental and suffused with a commitment to transcending the boundaries between science, technology, design and architecture, Ross Lovegrove considers himself more 'evolutionary biologist' than designer. Lovegrove embodies the idea of organic essentialism, in his own words, the intelligent evolutionary economy of form in unison with what you need and nothing more. Whether Lovegrove is creating a luxury leather handbag or a chair, his humanistic approach and organic sensibility have set the tone for design in the next century. Lovegrove’s work is frequently inspired by nature and informed by human technology.Lovegrove’s beautiful DNA staircase and his Supernatural chairs are probably among his most recognizable pieces.