Executive Director of VIA




VIA Gallery

120, avenue Ledru Rollin
75011 Paris
Metro : Gare de Lyon / Ledru Rollin

Opening :

monday-friday : 9.30am – 6.30pm

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Contact : Via Vigevano 8 20144 Milano - Italie

Ph. +39 02 8905 9980
James Irvine was born in London in 1958. Graduated in 1984 at the Royal College of Art, London.

The same year he moved to Milan Italy. From 1984 to 1992 he was a design consultant for Olivetti design studio Milan designing industrial products under the direction of Michele de Lucchi and Ettore Sottsass. In 1987, for a cultural exchange organised by Olivetti, he worked for one year at the Toshiba Design Centre in Tokyo making design research for industrial products. He returned to Milan in 1988 and opened his private design studio. Clients included Cappellini, CBI, BRF and SCP.

From 1993 to 1997 in parallel to his private studio he was a partner of Sottsass Associati Milan and was responsible for the industrial design group. In 1999 he completed the design of the new city bus for the Hanover trasport system Üstra. 131 buses have been built by Mercedes Benz. In 2004 he was guest of honour at the fair Interieur in Kortrijk and was also elected RDI (Royal Designer for Industry) by the Royal Society of Arts in London. He is presently professor for industrial design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe. His design studio in Milan has worked and is working with various internationally renowed companies including Alfi, Artemide, B&B Italia, Canon Japan, Coro, Duravit, Foscarini, Magis, Muji, Olivari, Olivetti, Plank, Thonet, Whirlpool and Wmf.

chair A660

coat hooks Big 5

desktop container Bump

city bus City bus

coatstand Daisy

fax machine EB 15 Fax

outdoor folding chair Flik

lamp Float

halogen lamp Haloscope

bottle opener Luigi

sofabed Lunar

easy chair Radar

family of writing instruments S3

microwave oven with integrated radio Sound wave

outdoor folding chair Zeta