Meet the designers who shape our lives and create our futures.

Alvar Aalto


The most important Finnish architect of the 20th Century and a central figure in international modernism.

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

(1969– + 1969–)

Design duo behind icons such as The London 2012 Olympic torch, the £2 coin and a fleet of Crossrail trains due to go into service in 2017.

Jonathan Barnbrook


One of the UK’s most active graphic designers pioneering the notion of graphic design with a social conscience.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel


An ingenious and prolific engineer who transformed 19th-century Britain.

Hussein Chalayan


A visionary fashion designer who's pioneering work crosses anthropology, history, science, philosophy and technology.

David Chipperfield


A leading British architect with a huge international reputation.

Luigi Colani


One of the great mavericks of 20th Century design looking to the power of nature for solutions.

Terence Conran


Sir Terence Conran has had more impact than any other designer of his generation on everyday life in Britain.

Wim Crouwel


A Dutch designer who's career covers an extraordinary journey from designer, teacher, curator to museum director.

Robin and Lucienne Day

(1915–2010 + 1917–2010)

Britain’s most celebrated designer couple of the post-war era.

Christian Dior

(1905 - 1957)

One of the most influential fashion designers of the late 1940s and 1950s

Charles and Ray Eames

(1907-1978 + 1912-1988)

The original design power couple whose boundless creativity inspires to this day

Eileen Gray


One of the most important furniture designers and architects of the early 20th century.

Zaha Hadid


Defined a radical approach to architecture by creating buildings with multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry.

Jonathan Ive


Senior Vice President, Design at Apple and winner of the Design Museum's Designer of the Year award in 2003.

Louis Kahn


Enormously influential mid-twentieth century architect.

Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert

(1917-1994) + (1936-)

Designers of the modern British road signage system.

Christian Louboutin


Fashion designer behind one of the most successful shoe brands in the world.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

(1868 - 1928)

A Scottish architect and designer with extraordinary creativity and originality.

Dieter Rams


One of the most influential industrial designers of the late 20th century.

Peter Saville


A pivotal figure in graphic design and style culture.

Paul Smith


A British fashion designer renowned for achieving both commercial success and critical credibility.

Alison and Peter Smithson

(1928–1993 + 1923–2003)

Among the most influential and controversial British architects of the mid-20th century.

Ettore Sottsass


An eclectic architect and industrial designer.

Vivienne Westwood


The UK’s most culturally significant fashion designer.

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