Top 30 Famous Industrial Designers Worldwide

Industrial and Product developers have a huge place in our everyday life. Designers invent and create new areas of use. Sometimes they also modify the invented material to make it more unique and stunning. So they are inventors, creators, painters and thinkers. In this article we have tried to list all the top industrial Designers and Product developers who have inspired us.

A designer plays an important role in making the company creative. They produce consistently creative and excellent visual works by staying up to date with the trends in the industry. There is a big impact of designers in our life. Their creations can be seen everywhere. From the cup of coffee to the clothes we wear and to the mattress we go to sleep, is the work of designers.

Here is the list of top industrial designers and product developers in the industry. So, let’s get started.

Top Industrial Designers & Product Developers Worldwide

1.Ingo Maurer

He was a German industrial designer born on 12 May 1932,  on Reichenau Island and was the son of a fisherman. He studies his graphic design in Munich. After working in the U.S as a freelance graphic designer  he moved back to Germany and founded his own company Design M that develops and manufactures lamps. After a period of time the company was renamed as “Ingo Maurer GmbH”. 

His first design of a bulb got its position in the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art. He was called the “poet of light”. He got several awards including Royal designers for industry. His achievements were heart expanding odes to the power of light and beauty. He died on oct 29, 2019 but his light lives on. 

The most favourite light fixtures of Ingo Maurer are Porca Miseria, Zettel’z, Tu-Be Luster, Lucellino Doppio, Butterflies Dreaming, Oh man Its Ray, Luzy, Flying Future, Yoruba Rose, Lacrime del Pescatore.

2.Alexandre Touguet

Alexandre Touguet is a young french designer who calls himself an “Industrial and digital designer”. His project ranges from furniture to consumer electronics. He passionately uses digital tools in his projects to take clients from one end of the design process to the other. In one of his interviews he said that he is more interested in the products with which we interact everyday and with which we have an intimate connection. 

This is what drew him to design electronic devices, chairs or interiors. He really liked the work of Charles and Ray Eames in the 1950s and said that it is remarkable. He had worked in collaboration with Philipe Starck .

3.Lotta Jansdotte

Lotta Jansdotter is a Scandinavian designer. She is obsessed with patterns and aims to make her project with simple beauty and creates original, handmade designs for her clients. 

She wishes to provide some relief from the harshness of this fast urban landscape. Her creation ranges from stationery to dishware to textiles. Her products were featured in many publications such as O, Martha Stewart Living and Sweet Paul.

4.Gaetano Pesce

Gaetano Pesce is an italian architect and a design pioneer in the 20th century. He has worked as an urban planner, architect and industrial designer during his 50 year career. He uses color and materials innovatively in his works and builds a connection between the individual and society. 

His architecture and design had been published, exhibited and collected all over the world and also included in the permanent collection of museums. His work has been appreciated with many awards such as Chrysler Design Award for innovation and design, Interior Design Magazine Award for umbrella chair, and many others. He also got the IIC Lifetime achievement award. His one of the most famous works is the organic building in Osaka, Japan.

5.Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser was an American graphic designer whose work includes the I Love New York logo. During his long career he designed many publications, architectural designs and posters. He is founder of Push Pin Studios and is a co-founder of New York magazine

His artwork has been featured in many exhibits and also placed in permanent collections of museums worldwide. His work has been appreciated with many awards such as the National Medal of the Arts which he received from Barack Obama and was the first graphic designer to receive this award. His most famous works were the DC comics logo, Brooklyn Brewery logo and many others.

6.Claudia Owen

Claudia Owen is a surface pattern designer with a background of graphic design. In her work you can see the use of bright colors and beautiful patterns. She is a specialist in homeware, stationary and fashion.

7.Steven Holl

Steven Holl is an American architect and water colorist. His work was exhibited in the museum of Modern Art MoMA in New York in 1989, after which MoMA purchased Holl’s 25 works for making it a permanent collection in the museum. His work can be seen all around the world among his famous work are the 2019 REACH expansion of the John F. 

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the 2019 Hunters Point Library in Queens, New York, the 2009 Linked Hybrid mixed-use complex in Beijing, China, and the 2007 Bloch Building in addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in the city of Kansas, Missouri. He also won many awards such as  BBVA Foundation, Alvar Aalto Medal (1998), Frontiers of Knowledge Award (2008), AIA Gold Medal (2012), The Daylight and Building Component Award (2016), Praemium Imperiale (2014).

8.Zoa Martinez

Zoa Martinez is a designer, artist, creative leader and brand expert for TV and beyond. She has won more than 150 international design and graphic design awards for her fabulous work.

9.Erik Spiekermann

Erik Spiekermann is German designer, Typographer and Writer. He is a professor at the University of the Arts Bremen and ArtCenter College of Design. He has designed a number of typefaces for commercial and for corporate design programmes. 

His notable works are Berliner Grotesk, Lo-Type, ITC Officina Sans (1990), ITC Officina Serif (1990), FF Meta (1991–1998) and many others. He also won a number of awards like Gerrit Noordzij Prize (2003), German Design Award (2006), European Design Awards Hall of Fame (2007). He got a lifetime achievement award from German design prize.

10.Marc Newson

Marc Andrew Newson is an Australian industrial designer who works in product design, furniture design, aircraft cabin design, jewellery, and clothing. In his work you can see smooth geometric lines, strength, transparency and translucency with unsharp edges. He is known for his Lockheed Lounge. His name was also listed in the 100 most influential people by Time magazine.

11.Sebastian Bergne

Sebastian Bergne is a British industrial designer who is known for making everyday things with his speciality of designing. Sebastian and his team as an industrial designer for international brands, retailers, restaurants and individuals. His work was exhibited in a number of museums around the globe. 

The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the Design Museum (London) included Sebastian’s work in their permanent collection of art. He also got many international design awards which includes Design Plus, Red Dot and iF Product Design Award.

12.Karim Rashid

Karim Rashud is a young Industrial designer born in Egypt and raised in Canada. He has been given the title of “most famous industrial designer in all the Americas” and the “Prince of Plastic” by Time magazine. His work mainly includes luxury goods, lighting, furniture, brand identity, surface design and packaging. 

He is known for Industrial design of plastic consumer products. His work is featured in 20 permanent collections and exhibited in museums worldwide. He has also won numerous awards such as the George Nelson Award(1999), the Canadian Designer of the Year award(2001), Pentawards(2010) and the Lawrence Israel Prize(2017).

13.Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders is a dutch Product designer, Interior designer and Architect who is known for his knotted chair. Most of his designs have been selected for design collections and exhibitions and also got featured by many magazines. Among his famous projects are Carbon Chair (2004), Egg Vase (1997), Snotty Vase (2001), V.I.P. Chair (2000), Crochet Chubby Low Armchair (2006), Villa Moda, Bahrain, (2009), Mondrian Doha (2017) and many others.

14.Aleksandra Gaca

Aleksandra Gaca is Polish designer whose work is used in fashion, interior design, art installations and architecture. She carries on the legacy of manufacturing textiles. Her projects have been used widely in public places, airports, decorating banks and embassies. Her selected exhibitions are During Salone del Mobile, Milan(2016),

Building with Textiles, Tilburg(2014), Lodz Design Festival, Lodz(2012).

15.Marc Atlan

Marc Atlan is an American graphic designer and an art director  who was born in France. He runs a design and art direction studio whose focus is on luxury, beauty, fashion and culture. His designs mainly include packaging, ad campaigns, installations, logos, perfume bottles, magazines, store displays, catalogs, events, brand identities and TV commercials. He was honored with more than 40 awards.

16.Piotrek Perez

Piotrek Perez is a Spanish industrial designer who is said to be at the forefront of the international marketing and design scene. He is an outstanding footwear designer who is currently a lecturer product design at ESNE in Madrid.

17.Lee Broom

Lee Broom is the UK’s leading designer who is known for his furniture and lighting designs. You can see his work all around the globe. He has created more than 100 furniture, accessory and lighting pieces, all manufactured and retailed under the Lee Broom brand.

He has won many awards for his work such as Elle Deco International Design Awards, Best Lighting for Eclipse collection (2019), EURASIAN PRIZE – Hand of the Master Award for Observatory collection (2019), NYCxDESIGN Awards, Best in Show, Eclipse Light (2018), AD Great Design Award, Mini Crescent Chandelier(2017), British Design Awards, Designer of the Year Award(2011) and there are many others on list.

18.Reena Ahluwalia

Reena Ahluwalia is one of the top masters of jewelry design and art, a multifaceted artist in canada. She is a jewelry designer, painter, speaker, community builder and professor. She creates every jewelry with deep meaning and symbolism with precision, geometry, fluidity and movement. 

She is one of the living jewelry artists who has achieved so much Prestige and her work is featured on a nation’s (Belgium) postage stamp. Her work was exhibited in many places. She was awarded with the Guinness World Record for Most Diamonds set on a watch.

19.Philippe Starck

Philippe Starck is a french designer and architect. He is known for his wide range of designs, including interior design, architecture, household objects and furniture, boats or other vehicles. He has created more than 10000 designs. He has worked on as simple products as lemon squeezer to as advanced as mega yachts.

20.Cecilie Manz

Cecilie Manz is a danish designer who is considered to be one of the leading furniture designers of her generation. She works on furniture, jewellery, lamps and sculptures. Her mikado table is included in the collection of MoMA designs. Her work was exhibited at several places. She understands the function and aesthetics of design. 

Her most known designs are the Mikado table and the Caravaggio lamp for Light Years. She won the award of designer of the year by Bo bedre, Costume Living, Nordic Living and Boligmagasinet in 2017 and Danish Crown Prince Couple’s Culture Award in 2014 for her contribution in designing.

21.Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon is a British designer and currently he is the Creative Director of the brand ‘Tom Dixon’ specialising in Lighting, Accessories and furniture. His work is included in many museums around the world such as Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Victoria and Albert Museum and Museum of Modern Art New York. He has worked with a number of international brands and most recently he partnered with IKEA.

22.Alain Monnens

Alain Monnens is a founder of belgium based studio for product design, branding and photography, who has won several award like MOMENTS iF DESIGN AWARD(2019), OLIVER red dot design award(2018), U-LIGHT design and design international award(2018) and many others. He works on lighting, furniture, and the creation of objects.

23.Hella Jongerius

Hella Jongerius is a dutch industrial designer known for her craft, industry design. She focuses on combining the opposites like a new technology with hand made objects, the traditional with contemporary. She produces innumerable collections of textiles, furniture and crockery with intense use of colors.

24.Britt Laspina

Britt Laspian is an australian designer who creates unique and colorful prints. Her level of expertise and professionalism was proven when her design was exhibited in New York city with premiere vision. Her prints and textiles are hand drawn and painted. She is a versatile designer who can design anything for Fashion, Home wares, Product Branding and Stationary.

25.Donna Karan

Donna Karan is a fashion designer from America also known as “DK”. She began her career with Anne Klein as an assistant designer. She gets her inspiration from her personal life for designing clothes, with innovative ideas.

26.James Dyson

James Dyson is a British industrial designer, inventor, entrepreneur and landowner. He is best known for his invention of Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner that works on the principle of cyclonic separation. He was awarded with a number of awards such as the Prince Philip Designers Prize(1997), the Lord Lloyd of Kilgerran Award(2000).

27.Pedro Geraldes

Pedro Geraldes is an architect at EDP. He is a co-organizer at TEDxPorto and co-founder and partner at Clínica de Arquitectura. His work is inspired by the port, the Douro and by the people.

28.Jony Ive

Sir Jonathan Paul Ive or Jony Ive is a British-american architectural, product and industrial designer and was a chief design officer at Apple Inc. He is a co-designer of iPhone, iPad, iMac, and iPod. He was given the title of one of the top 100 innovators in the world under age 35 by the MIT Technology Review TR100. He won the Design Museum’s Designer of the Year Award(2003) and National Design Award(2007).

29.Dieter Rams

Dieter Rams is a German industrial designer. He is known for Braun consumer products, Vitsœ 606 Universal Shelving System. Apple designer, Jonathan Ive was inspired by his design. He was given the Lifetime achievement medal in 2013 at the London design festival. In 2009 he was awarded with the the great design prize in Australia.

30.Charles and Ray Eames

Charles Ormond Eames, and Bernice Alexandra “Ray” Kaiser Eames were a married couple and were industrial designers from America. Through their work in Eames office, they made significant historical contributions in the development of modern architecture and furniture. 

Charles was the face of Eames office among the public but Charles and Ray worked together. Eames lounge chair and the Eames dining chair are their most recognized designs. They won the First National Industrial Designers Institute Award, 1951, AIA Twenty-five Year Award in 1978, Royal Gold Medal in 1979.

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