David Lewis (1939 – 2011) British/Danish Industrial Designer

David Lewis (1939 – 2011) was a British Industrial Designer. He was active in Copenhagen.

Education

He studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London.

Biography

Between 1960 and 1968, he collaborated with Jakob Jensen on designing radios and TV sets for various Danish firms. From 1962, he was an assistant designer at Bang & Olufsen. In 1965 he began work on the Beolab 5000 and developed the ‘slide rule’ device for regulating volume and tone.

Bang And Olufsen Beolab 5000
Bang And Olufsen Beolab 5000

In 1967, he set up a workshop in Copenhagen. From 1968, he collaborated with Henning Moldenhawer on products for Bang & Olufsen and other industrial clients. In the early 1980s, Bang & Olufsen made David Lewis, their chief designer. This unique freelance relationship resulted in numerous international design icons. Lewis was the studio’s man, with his sparkling creativity and vitality always very involved with projects. His fellow claim that he could turn things upside down and chase the yet unseen. He brought a tireless desire to change the conventions and to go new ways. ‘He never asked “Why?” but always “Why not?”‘

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing. https://amzn.to/3ElmSlL

Wikipedia contributors. (2020, November 6). David Lewis (designer). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:50, April 16, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=David_Lewis_(designer)&oldid=987350338

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