James Irvine



Born in London, James Irvine graduated in 1984 from the Royal College of Art, London.

In the same year he moved to Milan.

From 1984 to 1992, he was a design consultant for Olivetti design studio Milan, under the direction of Michele De Lucchi

and Ettore Sottsass. In 1987 he worked

for one year at the Toshiba Design Centre

in Tokyo. He returned to Milan in 1988

and opened his private design studio.

His first clientes were Cappellini and SCP. From 1993 to 1997, in parallel

to his private studio, he was a partner

of Sottsass Associati, responsable

for the studio’s industrial design group.

In 2004 he was the guest of honour at the fair Interieur in Kortrijk and was also elected Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society

of Arts in London. In 2007 he was awarded

an Honorary Doctorate in Design from Kingston University.