Ross Lovegrove (born, 1958, Wales) is an industrial designer, perhaps best known for his work on the Sony Walkman as well as his claim to be the lead designer behind the Apple iMac.
He studied at Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University), graduating with a First Class BA in Industrial Design in 1980 and then went to the Royal College of Art, London in 1983 where he completed his master of design. His inspiration mainly comes from organic forms and structures.
In the early 80’s he worked as a designer for frog design in west Germany on projects such as walkmans for Sony, computers for Apple computers, later moved to Paris as a consultant to Knoll International, becoming author of the highly successful Alessandri office system. Invited to join the Atelier de Nimes along with Jean Nouvel and Philippe Starck, consulting to amongst others Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Dupont.
Returning to London in 1986 he has completed projects for, among others, Airbus industries, Kartell, Ceccotti, Artemide, Cappellini, Idee, Moroso, Luceplan, Driade, Peugeot, Apple, Issey Miyake, VitrA, Olympus Cameras, Yamagiwa corporation, Tag Heuer, Hackman, Alias, Herman Miller, Biomega, Japan airlines and Toyo ito architects, Japan as well as KEF.
Winner of numerous international awards his work has been extensively published and exhibited internationally including the museum of modern art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Axis Centre, Japan, the Pompidou Centre, Paris, and the Design Museum, London, where in 1993 he curated the first permanent collection. Lovegrove was awarded the World Technology Award by Time magazine and CNN in November 2005. The same year, he was awarded the very prestigious Red Dot Design Award for the products created for VitrA.