1 February 2013
Born in 1958 in Cardiff, Wales, Ross Lovegrove graduated from Manchester University in 1980 and then took a master’s degree at the Royal College of Art. A designer, he worked in Germany in the eighties with Frogdesign, collaborating on projects for Sony Walkman and Apple Computer, and then in Paris for Knoll International. Later, he worked with the Atelier de Nîmes, producing designs for Cacharel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton, among others. In 1986 he opened his own studio in London and embarked on a long and successful career in which he has explored design from every point of view, collaborating with and creating products for many famous brands: Moroso, Alias, Cappellini, Kartell, Vitra, Driade, Luceplan, Issey Miyake, Motorola, Biomega, Herman Miller, Artemide and TAG Heuer. Winner of several international awards, his work has been shown at various joint and solo exhibitions, and he was the curator of the first permanent collection of the Design Museum, in London, in 1993.
The song you never get tired of listening to.
Lady Superstition by Stevie Wonder.
The movie you can watch over and over again.
The Man Who Would Be King by John Huston, with Sean Connery and Michael Caine.
The book you fell head over heels in love with.
Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera.
The object you’re most attached to.
Your favorite place.
A cult film you cannot stand.
Withnail and I by Bruce Robinson.
A literary classic you can’t bear.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
The most beautiful automobile ever made.
Aston Martin DB5 1965, Silver with blue leather interior.
A journey round the world in three stages.
Istanbul, Kyoto, Pamalican Island in the Philippines.
A contemporary artist whose future in the history of art is assured.
An architect to whom you would entrust the construction of a fantastic place.
A fashion designer for an epoch-making show.
An artist you consider overrated.
A fashion designer you consider overrated.
An architect and/or designer you consider overrated.
An elegant person.
An inelegant person.
Who would you advise to change profession?
A bad habit you have?
What would you like to overindulge in?
Yoga for a year in Asia to finally get my body and mind back.
What can’t you do without?
My creativity and documenting my ideas in my leather notebooks… And of course love.
What would you like to be a champion of?
A new age of enlightenment.
The hotel and restaurant at the top of your personal league table.
Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul.
The greatest invention of all time.
Charles Babbage’s computational machine.
The historical figure you are most grateful to.