The Duke of Edinburgh has long been a stalwart in design – and this is by no means his first appearance in the Hot 50. His main claim to fame has been the annual Prince Philip Designers Prize, bestowed on a designer who has excelled in their particular discipline, but he is also the Royal Patron of the Chartered Society of Designers.
Last year was special though. The prize scheme hit its 50th anniversary and the Duke of Edinburgh hosted the ceremony which saw the creator of the Brompton bicycle, Andrew Ritchie, beat a field of eight other contenders to take top honours. Both branding guru Michael Peters and fashion designer Jeff Banks were awarded special commendations for lifetime achievement.
The accompanying book, published by the Design Council – which administers the prize scheme – was designed by Multiadaptor, with words by Jan Dekker and portrait photography by Christine Donnier- Valentin (except for Matt Stuart’s image of Peters). It charts ‘50 years of innovation in design’, showing just how big a role the duke has played to promote the best of British design over time.