James Irvine (1958-2013) is one of the more prominent English industrial designers working today. Cutting his teeth at the Royal College of Art in London, Irvine began his career working as a consultant for Olivetti in Milan under the direction of Michele de Lucchi and Ettore Sottsass. He opened his private design firm in 1988 but also worked as a partner at Sottsass Associati from 1993 through 1998. His list of clients includes B&B Italia, Thonet, Canon, Foscarini, Magis, and Ikea. His work has crossed a variety of boundaries, and ranges from fax machines to furniture, from lighting to textiles.