James Irvine (1958 - 2013) was a British designer of enormous talent who exported his love for industrial design onto the continent and headed a number of highly influential and iconic collections.
Irvine was born in London and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1984. The same year he moved to Milan and worked as a design consultant for Olivetti under the direction of Michelle De Lucchi and Ettore Sottsass.
From 1993-1998 he ran both his own studio and worked as a partner for Ettore Sottsass. In 2000 he completed the design for a new city bus for Hanover.
James was elected Royal Designer for Industry by Royal Society of Arts in 2000 and in 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Design from Kingston University.
His design studio in Milan has worked with a host of internationally renowned companies including Alias, Artemide, B&B Italia, Canon, Coro, Magis, Marsotto, Muji, Olivetti, Phaidon, Thonet, Whirlpool and WMF.