Designers

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

Designers in Residence

(2007–)

An overview of the past Designers in Residence, an annual programme at the Design Museum since 2007. The residency exists to provide emerging designers with time and space away from their regular environment to reflect, research and consider new ways of developing their practice. The platform has been successful in elevating the careers of a new generation of designers.

Alvar Aalto

(1898–1976)

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

(1966–)

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

Marcel Breuer

(1902-1981)

From furniture at the Bauhaus, to iconic Mid-Century American architecture; Marcel Breuer was a pioneering modernist designer.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

(1806-1859)

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

Hussein Chalayan

(1970–)

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

David Chipperfield

(1953–)

A leading British architect with a huge international reputation.

Luigi Colani

(1928–)

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

Terence Conran

(1931–)

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

Wim Crouwel

(1928–)

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

(1878–1976)

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

Zaha Hadid

(1950–2016)

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

Jonathan Ive

(1967–)

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

Louis Kahn

(1901–1974)

Enormously influential mid-twentieth century architect.

Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert

(1917-1994) + (1936-)

Designers of the modern British road signage system.

Christian Louboutin

(1964–)

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

John Pawson

(1951–)

Often labelled a ‘minimalist’, he is known for his rigorous process of design.

Charlotte Perriand

(1903-1999)

The tailor’s daughter who worked her way in to Le Corbusier’s studio and applied modernist principles to furniture design.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

(1868 - 1928)

A Scottish architect and designer with extraordinary creativity and originality.

Dieter Rams

(1932-)

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

Peter Saville

(1955–)

A pivotal figure in graphic design and style culture.

Paul Smith

(1946–)

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

(1917-2007)

An eclectic architect and industrial designer.

Vivienne Westwood

(1941–)

The UK’s most culturally significant fashion designer.

Morag Myerscough

The exhibition designer for Designer Maker User, the museum’s first permanent display.

Madeline Gannon

Multidisciplinary designer exploring the future of human-machine relationships.

Roksanda Ilincic

One of the most recognisable fashion personalities in London. The award-winning design house, ROKSANDA, extends across the globe, while its four annual ready-to-wear collections are all conceived in the designer’s busy East London studio.

Hella Jongerius

(1963-)

Acclaimed Dutch designer, Hella Jongerius, combines the traditional with the contemporary, the newest technologies with age-old craft techniques. She aims to create products with individual character by including craft elements in the industrial production process.

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