british designer james irvine passed away
british designer james irvine passed away british designer james irvine passed away
feb 18, 2013

british designer james irvine passed away

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with pain and emotion we regret to inform you that our dear friend james irvine is no longer with us.he passed away in the milan hospital fatebenefratelli at midnight.the world of industrial design has lost another great.his extraordinary talent and creativity brought him to create good design, pure and simple. things that will live on for many years to come.

we will miss him.




james irvine was born in london, graduated in 1984 at the RCA royal college of art in london.the same year he moved to milan. from 1984 to 1992 he was a design consultant for olivetti and collaborated with ettore sottsass and michele de 1987 he went to tokyo to direct the design research devision at the toshiba design centre and returned to milan in 1988 to start a design practice of his ownand in parallel to become partner of sottsass associati.

clients of his milan studio are alias, artemide, B&B italia, canon, coro, foscarini, LG, magis, marsotto, MDF italia, muji, olivari, olivetti, pamar, phaidon, ströer, thonet, whirlpool, WMF and zumtobel.

  • This is such a bad news … too early for this great guy …

    Bull says:
  • So sad to hear, a great loss

    Lola says:
  • We will miss your intelligence, integrity and irony. Thank You.

    roberto says:
  • such sad news! what a great chap! rip, james!

    sebastian says:
  • Mi spiace, un maestro, con affetto, g.

    gianmarco says:
  • I mimmick all the above comments. He was a soft spoken British gentleman with a sensitivity that truly brought any project to its simple essence.

    faftaichi says:
  • RIP

    Kimuro says:
  • He loved life so much.
    He did so much for the company Thonet.
    We all will miss him.

    Frans Bruinsma says:
  • I had the pleasure of working with him in September 2012. This is quite a shock and sad news indeed.

    Matt Theuma says:
  • This is unbelievably sad. What a loss at only 54. My deepest condolences to James’ family.

    Neil Poulton says:
  • james was such a sweet man. smart, super talented, and sincere. Far too young to die. I send my love to his family 🙁

    karim rashid says:
  • Shocked and terribly saddened.
    (Fellow Kingston ’81 & RCA ’84 graduate )

    Theo Roe says:
  • dear james my you rest in peace,and my heart goes out to your wife and two kids,s o sorry for you all, maurice

    maurice kavanagh says:
  • Carissimo James : A life well lived, a road well traveled, and a masterful career in design.
    It saddens me to know that we will not meet again…

    Andrea Ruggiero says:
  • Rest well, James.

    The cobblestones of Milan will surely miss your gallivanting feet and the factories will miss your brilliant mind.
    You inspired me.

    cia says:
  • We will miss you and Milan will now be a very empty place without you. lots of love to Laura and the boys. John & Sakura.

    John Bennett says:
  • che peccato, ci ha sorpreso persino così. condoleanze alla famiglia italiana.

    Christopher Stead (fellow graduate RCA '84) says:
  • I am really concerned and sad. An affectionate and humorous teacher is gone. Thank you James for learning in the “Haltestelle”-Projekt, Karlsruhe.

    Sabine Adamy says:
  • James, I have such fond memories of working with you for Olivetti in Tokyo in the mid-80s, and have thought of you often over the years. Such a shock to come across this news.You touched my life and the life of all those around you. I will miss you.

    Paul Manina says:

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