Top 10 UK Design Influencers From AD 200

AD Germany celebrates 200 issues of the design magazine with the ABC’s of the 200 most important designers: AD’s Design Influencers of 2019 are the people who are not satisfied with the world that surrounds them and aim to make it more beautiful.

Today Design Limited Edition brings you a curated selection of the top 10 UK Design Influencers from the list.

Ilse Crawford

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Creative director and designer Ilse Crawford creates global brand identities by tapping into their emotional values and making them visible and tangible through design. Her studio’s portfolio includes Soho House New York, Cecconis, Grand Hotel Stockholm and the launch of the Inns brand. Ilse is also head of department for Man and Wellbeing at Design Academy Eindhoven. She is the curator of an international touring exhibition, 1% water; shaping a new water consciousness and is co-writing a book with Jane Withers for Phaidon.

David Chipperfield

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Sir David Chipperfield is decidedly one of the most globally recognized personalities in architecture and design. His award-winning work has been recognized many times over for its simplicity and clarity of vision, and recently, besides being considered by AD as a Top Design Influencer, he was appointed as artistic director of Driade, the iconic Italian design house.

Rose Uniacke

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Rose Uniacke is an interior designer, a designer of furniture and lighting – for individual clients as well as for her showroom – and a dealer in both antiques and pieces by other, usually well known, designers. Currently married to David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter films, Rose became known to a wider public after taking over the decorating job of Beckham’s house previously given to Kelly Hoppen.

Michael Anastassiades

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Michael Anastassiades launched his studio in 1994 to explore contemporary notions of culture and aesthetics through a combination of product, furniture and environmental design. Positioned between fine art and design, his work aims to provoke dialogue, participation and interaction. He creates objects that are minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane, yet full of vitality one might not expect.

Sophie Ashby

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Studio Ashby is a London-based interior design studio, founded by Sophie Ashby in 2014. A dynamic group of twelve experienced designers, working across residential and commercial interior design and creative direction in the UK, Europe and further afield.

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Barber & Osgerby

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BarberOsgerby is a London-based industrial design studio established in 1996 by British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.

These design influencers work encompasses furniture, lighting and product design as well as art and architectural-scale projects. They are both Royal Designers for Industry (RDI) and are past recipients of the Jerwood Applied Arts prize. Both are Honorary Doctors of Arts, and Osgerby is an Honorary Fellow of Ravensbourne. The pair has lectured internationally and their work is held in permanent collections around the world including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; London’s Design Museum; and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Luke Edward Hall

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The colourful aesthetic of this design influencer is informed by a love of history, an appreciation of beauty and a sense of playfulness. Luke established his studio in the autumn of 2015 and since then has worked on a broad range of art and design commissions and interior design projects. As well as creating his own ceramics, fabrics, furniture and accessories, over the past three years he has collaborated with a variety of companies and institutions including Burberry, Christie’s and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Sophie Hicks

Sophie Hicks became a chartered architect in 1994, prior to which she worked in fashion: as a stylist for Vogue Magazine; and for the legendary designer, Azzedine Alaia. She leads a practice with extensive experience in both the fashion retail and private residential sectors. A clear conceptual as well as practical thinker, with an instinct for the zeitgeist, she is especially strong on design.

House Of Hackney

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House Of Hackney is an interiors, clothing and lifestyle label specialising in British-made goods with a store on Shoreditch High Street, East London. The design influencer plays on traditional British design for a contemporary audience, celebrating bold print and colour in all of its collections.


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Assemble is a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and art.

Founded in 2010 to undertake a single self-built project, Assemble has since delivered a diverse and award-winning body of work, whilst retaining a democratic and co-operative working method that enables built, social and research-based work at a variety of scales, both making things and making things happen.

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See Also: The Inspiration Behind AD Top 200 Influencers – Karl Lagerfeld

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