Product and furniture designer James Irvine dies aged 54

British product and furniture designer James Irvine, who founded his studio in Milan in 1988, has died at the age of 54.

James Irvine

After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1984, Irvine moved to Milan and worked as a design consultant for Olivetti, under the direction of Ettore Sottsass and Michele De Lucchi.

In 1988 he opened his own studio, working for clients including Muji, Thonet, B&B Italia and Canon.

Irvine’s projects included designing the new city buses and shelters for the German city of Hanover, and developing a Thonet furniture range for Muji.

From 1993-1998 he was also a partner of Sottsass Associati, where he was responsible for the practice’s industrial design group.

Irvine was appointed as a Royal Designer for Industry in 2004, and was also awarded an honorary doctorate in design from Kingston University.

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