James Irvine

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Vases with applied flat threads of glass and thin cane in different colors, inspired by the traditional filigrana, or latticino, and zanfirico Venetian vessels.
James Irvine
British, b. 1958-2013
We’re trying to control glass, and glass isn’t something that wants to be controlled usually. So, it’s quite a challenge to try to control it; make it do things that maybe it doesn’t want to do.

James Irvine was born in London in 1958, and he died in 2013 in Milan, Italy. In 1984, he graduated from the Royal College of Art, and moved to Milan, Italy. From 1984 to 1992, he was a design consultant to Olivetti Design Studio Milan, where he designed products under the direction of Michele De Lucchi and Ettore Sottsass. From 1993 to 1998, he was a partner at Sottsass Associati Milan, responsible for the industrial design group.

In 1998, Irvine opened his own design studio in Milan, where he specializes in furniture and industrial design. Clients have included Cappellini, SCP, Mercedes-Benz, Alias, Artemide, B&B Italia, Canon, Coro, Foscarini, LG, Magis, Phaidon, Thonet, Whirlpool, and Zumtobel.

In 2004, Irvine was guest of honor at INTERIEUR in Kortrijk, Belgium, and he was elected as a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) by the Royal Society of Arts in London. From 2005 to 2007, he was professor for industrial design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2007, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Design from Kingston University, London.

Events
GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum 2011
Art Basel/Vitra Design Museum |
June 14 - 19, 2011
The Vitra Design Museum and The Corning Museum of Glass partnered together during Art Basel 2011 to provide GlassLab on the Vitra campus. International designers, like Stephen Burks, Sigga Heimis,... more
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Designer James Irvine at GlassLab Art Basel 2011
Designer James Irvine at GlassLab Art Basel 2011
Design concepts by James Irvine for GlassLab at Art Basel 2011
Design concepts by James Irvine for GlassLab at Art Basel 2011
Design concepts by James Irvine for GlassLab at Art Basel 2011
Working on a design prototype by James Irvine
Glassmakers Eric Meek and Dan Mirer work on a prototype by designer James Irvine
Designer James Irvine at GlassLab Art Basel 2011
Design prototype by James Irvine at GlassLab
Design prototype by James Irvine at GlassLab
Design prototype by James Irvine at GlassLab
Glassmaker Eric Meek works on a design prototype by James Irvine at GlassLab
Designer James Irvine at GlassLab Art Basel 2011
Design prototype by James Irvine at GlassLab
Design prototype by James Irvine at GlassLab
Glassmaker Eric Meek works on a design prototype by James Irvine at GlassLab
Designer James Irvine at GlassLab Art Basel 2011
Glassmaker Marc Barreda cutting cane
Design prototype by James Irvine at GlassLab
Designer James Irvine at GlassLab Art Basel 2011
Designer James Irvine at GlassLab Art Basel 2011
Design prototype by James Irvine at GlassLab
Design prototype by James Irvine at GlassLab
Design concept by James Irvine for GlassLab at Art Basel 2011
Design concept by James Irvine for GlassLab at Art Basel 2011
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