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Ross Lovegrove

Whether creating a luxury leather bag collection or a plastic thermos flask, Ross Lovegrove’s humanistic approach and organic sensibility have set a direction for design in the next century.

At the core of Lovegrove’s design ethic is DNA: Design, Nature, Art. His creations try to be as purposeful as possible in a constant search for forms that look and feel human, and for new materials to render them in a cleaner, more efficient way. The Go chair, designed for the US company Bernhardt Design, resembles a high-tech praying mantis. A water bottle he created for the Welsh mineral water company Ty Nant looks like a beautiful twist of running water. This love of the natural form and his environmental concerns earned him the nickname “Captain Organic” from Los Angeles architect Greg Lynn.

In the early 1980’s, Lovegrove worked as a designer for Frog Design in Germany on projects such as the Sony Walkman and on various Apple computers. He later moved to Paris where he consulted for Knoll International, where he authored the highly successful Alessandri Office System. Invited to join the Atelier de Nimes along with Jean Nouvel and Philippe Starck, he was involved in projects for Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Dupont.

Returning to London in 1986 he flourished creatively, consulting to such major companies as Airbus Industries, Kartell, Ceccotti, Cappellini, Idee, Moroso, Luceplan, Driade, Peugeot, Apple, Issey Miyake, Vitra, Olympus Cameras, Yamagiwa Corporation, Tag Heuer, Hackman, Alias, Herman Miller, Japan Airlines and Toyo Ito Architects in Japan. In 1990 Ross Lovegrove founded a practice of his own, Studio X, in London.

Winner of numerous international awards his work has been extensively published and exhibited internationally at MOMA New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Pompidou Centre, Paris; and the Design Museum, London.

As an avid design enthusiast, one is apt to find Lovegrove at many of the Luminaire events, soaking up knowledge and sharing his love of design. During the Chicago Design Show in October 1997, Lovegrove enchanted Luminaire guests with a lecture presentation that discussed his newest products and his unique philosophy of design. For the 2006 Puppy Love exhibition and auction at Luminaire, Lovegrove questioned our use of materials in ‘Meltdowndog,’ created from a 3D plastic puppy in order to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.