Furniture and Product Designer
Ross Lovegrove is a designer from the United Kingdom (b.1982). Ross Lovegrove has become one of the world’s most successful product designers since graduating from the Royal College of Art in London in the early 1980s.
Together with Ron Arad, Tom Dixon, and Jasper Morrison, he is a member of Britain’s design elite. Although he has always been captivated by British artistry (which is evident in many of his works), he is now primarily a furniture and industrial designer. Connolly, a distributor of leather goods to the royal family, commissioned him to design the Coachline baggage range. With designs like the Eye camera for Olympus, the Go plastic chair for Bernhardt Design, the Basic thermos jug for Alfi lighting for Luceplan, and furniture for Frighetto, he has made a name for himself.
Focus on User
Lovegrove is a versatile designer who regularly draws inspiration from nature’s range of forms, as evidenced by his gently curved Lloyd Loom chaises longues, which combine sensuality and ergonomics. His items are designed with a focus on the demands of their users, which is uncommon in current British design. “Everyday tasks such as eating, combing one’s hair, typing data, pouring out coffee, nourish [Lovegrove’s] thinking and behaving,” according to one critic. His studio, a cool steel and concrete structure in which African art is displayed, reflects his interest in bridging tradition and modernity.
Lovegrove departed the United Kingdom as soon as he finished his degree and obtained valuable experience abroad. His first job was at Frogdesign, a company based in Germany. He then travelled to Paris, where he worked as a consultant for Knoll. He was invited to join the Atelier de Nimes, where he worked with several major French manufacturers, including Cacharel, Louis Vuitton, and Hermes, with Jean Nouvel and Philippe Starck. Lovegrove’s name had become well-known by the end of the 1980s. In 1988, he moved back to London and opened a studio in a converted warehouse in Notting Hill. Since then, he has worked with companies worldwide, including Cappellini, Driade, and Luceplan in Italy, Sony and Olympus in Japan, Herman Miller in the United States, and BD Ediciones in Spain. “Design can improve our lives,” Lovegrove continues to believe.
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