Ross Lovegrove


Working at the intersection of technology, intelligent organic form and materials science, Ross Lovegrove is one of Britain’s most notable designers. He started his career as a designer for Frog Design in West Germany, working for companies such as Sony and Apple. Lovegrove went on to work throughout Europe, returning in England in 1986 to establish his own design practice. Since then, he has collaborated with some of the world’s most outstanding design manufacturers including Airbus, Biomega, Herman Miller and Kartell. 

Lovegrove was chosen to be the first selector for the Conran Foundation Collection in 1993, and his choices set the standard to come. Contrary to the prevailing expectation, Lovegrove deliberately avoiding choosing iconic and well-known designs; instead, his careful selection paid homage to under-acknowledged yet sophisticated examples of design, ranging from coat hangers and peppermills to airline cutlery and a can of Gillette shaving gel.


The following items from the collection have been donated to the Design Museum By the Conran Foundation


Cross Check armchair (1992)  - Frank Gehry - Knoll International, USA 

‘Miami’ garden chair - Grosfillex, France 

Hilly (1992) - Achille Castiglioni - Cassina, Italy 

Apple Newton MessagePad (1993) - Apple Computer, USA 

Clothes Hanger (1992) - Konstantin Grcic - Progetto Oggetto, Cappellini, Italy 

Clothes Hanger/Brush (1992) - Konstantin Grcic - Progetto Oggetto, Cappellini, Italy 

‘Voila Voila’ (1992) - Philippe Starck - Alessi, Italy 

Tap - USA 

All-weather tile switch - USA 

Food storage carton - Sainsburys, UK 

Persona (1990) - Mario Bellini - Lamy, Germany 

Salt and pepper pot - Mishka Miller - Keith Munro, UK 


‘Working’ carpet tile - Zaha Hadid - Vorwerk, Germany 

Cigarette lighters - Michiko Koshino - Sarome, Japan 

MUJI toothbrush - MUJI, Japan

‘Rialto’ plastic spectacles - Nannini, Italy

Bicycle helmet - Specialized, USA 

Contour 860 bicycle saddle - Selle Royal, Italy 

MUJI aluminium mug / cup - MUJI, Japan 

Olpe Acetiera olive oil & vinegar set (1987) - Angelo Mangiarotti - Collevilca, Italy 

Peppermill (1991) - Andrea Branzi - Twergi / Alessi, Italy 

Cheese grater (1987) - Enzo Mari - Zanini & Zanini, Italy 

Sapporo beer can - Sapporo, Japan 

FSB 1020 Lever Handle (1953) - Johannes Potente - FSB, Germany 

FSB 1023 Lever Handle (1953) - Johannes Potente - FSB, Germany 

Retractable hose - Hozelock, UK 

Vittel water bottle (1.5 litre) - Limited edition version by Patrick Cook - Vittel, France 

Stanley knife - Stanley Tools, UK 

Merkur Futur adjustable safety razor - Merkur Futur, Germany

Gillette shaving gel - Gillette, UK 

In-flight plastic cutlery set - Joe Colombo - Alitalia, Italy 

Baby feeding bottle with silicon teat - Tommee Tippee, UK 

Campagnolo Biodynamica water bottle - Campagnolo, Italy 

Oakley M-Frame sunglasses (1991) - Jim Jannard - Oakley, USA 

Olympus μ[mju:] camera (1991) - Maitani Yoshihisa - Olympus, Japan 

Olympus μ[mju:]-1 limited-edition camera (1991) - Maitani Yoshihisa - Olympus, Japan 

‘Long Reach’ watering can - Plysu, UK

Organic cutlery (1990) - Ross Lovegrove - Pottery Barn, USA