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James Irvine

James Irvine
James Irvine was born in London. Graduated in 1984 at the Royal College of Art, London. The same year he moved to Milan, Italy. From 1984 to 1992 he was a design consultant for Olivetti design studio Milan designing industrial products under the direction of Michele De Lycchi and Ettore Sottsass.
In 1987, for a cultural exchange organized by Olivetti, he worked for one year at the Toshiba Design Centre in Tokyo making design research for industrial products. He returned to Milan in 1988 and opened his private design studio.His first clients were Cappellini and SCP. From 1993 to 1998 in parallel to his private studio, he was a partner of Sottsass Associati Milan and was responsible for the industrial design group.
In 2000 he completed the design of the new city bus for the Hanover transport system Ustra. 131 buses were built by Mercedes Benz. In 2004 he was the guest of honor ay the fair Interieur in Kortrijk and was also elected an RDI (Royal Designer for Industry) by the Royal Society of Arts in London.
From 2005 to 2007 he was professor for industrial design at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung Karlsruhe.
In 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Design from Kingstone University.

His design studio in Milan has worked whit various internationally renewed companies including Alias, Artemide, B&B Italia, Canon; Coro; Foscarini; LG, Magis, Marsotto Edizioni, MDF Italia, Muji, Olivetti, Pamar, Phaidon, Stroer, Thonet, Whirpool, WMF and Zumtobel.



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