List of Famous Industrial Designers People

List of Famous Industrial Designers

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List of famous industrial designers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top industrial designers in the world? This includes the most prominent industrial designers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable industrial designers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic industrial designers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned industrial designers.

List below includes Buckminster Fuller, Lloyd Groff Copeman and more people.

From reputable, prominent, and well known industrial designers to the lesser known industrial designers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the industrial designer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous industrial designers ever?" and "What are the names of famous industrial designers?" then you're in the right place. (190 items)


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    Buckminster Fuller
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    Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor. Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", ephemeralization, and synergetic. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1895-1983)
    • Birthplace: Milton, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Industrial designer, Poet, Visionary, Inventor, Designer, + more
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    Adam Whitney Savage is an American industrial design and special effects designer/fabricator, actor, educator, and television personality, known as one of two co-hosts of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters and Unchained Reaction. His model work has appeared in major films, including ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Special Effects Designer, Industrial designer, Television producer, Educator, Actor, + more
    • Credits: MythBusters, Night of the Little Dead
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    Sir Jonathan Paul Ive is an English designer and the Senior Vice President of Design at Apple. He oversees the Apple Industrial Design Group and also provides leadership and direction for Human Interface software teams across the company. Ive is the designer of many of Apple's products, including the ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Chingford, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Designer
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    Lloyd Groff Copeman was a prolific American inventor who devised the first electric stove and the flexible rubber ice cube tray, among other products. Copeman was raised by his Canadian parents on a farm in Hadley Township, Michigan which was later incorporated into Farmer's Creek, Michigan - located ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1881-1956)
    • Profession: Industrial designer, Inventor, Engineer
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    Maarten Baas is a Dutch designer.more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Arnsberg, Germany
    • Profession: Industrial designer, Designer
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    Marco Zanuso was an Italian architect and designer.more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1916-2001)
    • Birthplace: Milan, Italy
    • Profession: Industrial designer, Architect
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    Mario Bellini is an Italian architect and designer. He graduated from the Milan Polytechnic - Faculty of Architecture in 1959 and began working as an architect himself in the early 1960s. He is the winner among others of 8 Compasso d’Oro and prestigious architecture awards including the Medaglia d’Oro ...more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Milan, Italy
    • Profession: Industrial designer
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    Nolen Niu is an American Industrial Designer who received his Bachelors of Science in Industrial Design from the Art Center College of Design located in Pasadena, California. His company, Nolen Niu, Inc., provides services including corporate branding, product design for consumer electronics and ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Industrial designer
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    Philippe Starck
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    Philippe Starck is a French designer who has become widely known since the start of his career in the 1980s for his interior, product, industrial and architectural design work.more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Industrial designer, Interior designer, Designer, Product Designer, Architect
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    Ettore Sottsass was an Italian architect and designer of the late 20th century. His body of designs included furniture, jewellery, glass, lighting and office machine design.more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1917-2007)
    • Birthplace: Innsbruck, Austria
    • Profession: Industrial designer, Designer, Architect
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    Raymond Loewy was a French-born American industrial designer who achieved fame for the magnitude of his design efforts across a variety of industries. He was recognized for this by Time magazine and featured on its cover on October 31, 1949. He spent most of his professional career in the United States.more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1893-1986)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Industrial designer, Designer
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    Peter Behrens
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    Peter Behrens was a German architect and designer. He was important for the modernist movement, and several of the movement's leading names in earlier stages of their careers.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1868-1940)
    • Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
    • Profession: Industrial designer, Graphic Designer, Architect
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    Alberto Meda

    Alberto Meda is an engineer focusing on design, born in Lenno, in the Italian province of Como in 1945. He graduated with a laurea in Mechanical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in 1969. From 1973 he was the technical manager of Kartell, in charge of the development of projects of furniture and ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Lenno, Italy
    • Profession: Industrial designer, Engineer
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    Marc Newson
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    Marc Andrew Newson CBE is an industrial designer who works in aircraft design, product design, furniture design, jewellery, and clothing. He incorporates a design style known as biomorphism to his various designs. This style uses smooth flowing lines, translucency, strength, transparency and tends to ...more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Industrial designer, Designer
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    Marcel Wanders
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    Marcel Wanders is a Dutch designer, and art director in the Powerhouse studio in Amsterdam, who designs architectural, interior and industrial projects. He became internationally known by his iconic Knotted Chair.more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Boxtel, Netherlands
    • Profession: Industrial designer, Interior designer, Designer, Product Designer, Architect, + more
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    Gerrit Thomas Rietveld was a Dutch furniture designer and architect. One of the principal members of the Dutch artistic movement called De Stijl, Rietveld is famous for his Red and Blue Chair and for the Rietveld Schröder House, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1888-1965)
    • Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
    • Profession: Industrial designer, Architect
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    Takeo Kikuchi is a famous Japanese industrial and fashion designer. He designs such things as spectacle frames and chronographs in addition to clothing. In 2004 he bowed out from designing his own self-named brand, entrusting creative direction to Taishi Nobukuni, a graduate of London's St. Martin's ...more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Industrial designer
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    • Profession: Fashion designer, Industrial designer
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    Joe Cesare Colombo

    Joe Colombo, born Cesare Colombo was an Italian industrial designer.more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1930-1971)
    • Birthplace: Milan, Italy
    • Profession: Industrial designer
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    Antonio Citterio is an Italian architect, furniture designer and industrial designer who lives and works in Milan. Citterio graduated in architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and since 1972 has worked for many leading manufacturers such as Ansorg, B&B Italia, Flexform, Flos, Iittala, Hansgrohe, ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Meda, Italy
    • Profession: Industrial designer
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