Neil Poulton

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Neil Poulton (born 1963) is a Scottish product designer, based in Paris, France. He specializes in the design of 'deceptively simple-looking mass-produced objects'[1] and has won numerous international design awards. Poulton is best known for his designs in the fields of technology and lighting design and is often associated with manufacturers LaCie, Artemide, Megalit and Atelier Sedap.

In 2007, the Centre Georges Pompidou museum in Paris acquired six Poulton-designed objects for its Permanent Contemporary Collection. In 2008, Time magazine included Poulton in 'The Design 100 - The people and ideas behind today's most influential design'.[2]

Neil Poulton has lived and worked in Paris since 1991.

Early career[edit]

Poulton gained a BSc degree in Industrial Design (technology) at Napier University in Edinburgh in 1985 and was awarded the SIAD Chartered Society of Designers Student Product Designer Of The Year. In 1988, he gained a Masters degree in design at the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, under Italian architect Andrea Branzi and designer Alberto Meda. Poulton’s tutors included Italian architect Ettore Sottsass, German industrial designer Richard Sapper, Isao Hosoe and Anna Castelli Ferrieri.

Neil Poulton first came to public view in 1989 as the creator of the 'Ageing Pens'.[3] Also known as the 'Penna Mutante' (The Mutant Pen),[4][5] these pens were made from a living, wearing plastic, which 'ages as layers of colour wear away through use'.[6] The Ageing Pens were exhibited in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum,[6] Centre Georges Pompidou[7] in Paris and The Axis Gallery in Tokyo.

Poulton worked briefly for French designer Philippe Starck in Paris from 1991 through 1992.

Academia[edit]

Poulton has been a guest speaker and visiting professor at schools including Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, the Domus Academy in Milan and the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia. He is an active, if occasional, jury member of the ENSCI school (Les Ateliers) in Paris.

Exhibitions[edit]

In November 2013, the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts presented “design by neil poulton”, the first major solo exhibition of designer Neil Poulton, in Zagreb, Croatia. Held in the main 360 metre square gallery of the ground floor of the Glyptotheque (Zagreb) museum, the exhibition was sponsored by the Croatian Ministry of Culture (Croatia), the City of Zagreb and the Institut français.

‘In this exhibition, the design process is represented in all its stages from sketches, models and prototypes, through production components to final products, documenting the author’s integrated approach to design’[8]

Awards[edit]

Poulton's designs have won numerous awards, including seven French "Etoile de l’Observeur du Design” prizes,[9] twelve German Red Dot Design Awards, five German "IF" International Forum Design prizes, three French “Janus de l’industrie” awards, two "Recommendation Premio Compasso d'Oro" and the "Best of The Best" Red Dot Design Awards in 1994[10] and 2007.[11][12]

  • 2014 Red Dot Design Award Winner, Germany : 'Rea', wall lamp, designed for Artemide.
  • 2013 Red Dot Design Award Winner, Germany : 'Scopas', designed for Artemide.
  • 2011 “Menzione d’Onore Premio Compasso d’Oro ADI” : ‘Veio’ Table Lamp, designed for Artemide.
  • 2010 Red Dot Design Award Winner, Germany : 'Sound2 Speakers', designed for LaCie.
  • 2009 'G -Mark' Award, Japan : '5big' RAID server.
  • 2009 'IF' International Forum Design, Germany, Award Winner : '5big' RAID server.
  • 2009 Red Dot Design Award Winner : '5big' RAID server.
  • 2009 Red Dot Design Award Winner : 'Lacinema Rugged'.
  • 2008 ‘Janus De l’Industrie’ Award, France : 5big' RAID server.
  • 2008 “Recommendation Premio Compasso d’Oro” : ‘Talak’ Table Lamp, designed for Artemide.
  • 2008 Time Magazine "Design 100" Selection : 'Firewire Speakers'.
  • 2008 Red Dot Design Award Winner : 'Hard Disk Designed By Neil Poulton'.
  • 2008 Red Dot Design Award Winner : '‘2 Big’ hard drive.
  • 2008 'IF' International Forum Design Award Winner : ‘2 Big’ hard drive.
  • 2008 'Etoile De L'observeur Du Design' Award :'Nessie' lighting system in Ductal concrete, designed for Atelier Sedap.
  • 2008 'Etoile De L'observeur Du Design' Award :'Firewire Speakers'.
  • 2007 ‘Janus De l’Industrie’ Award, France : 'Firewire Speakers'.
  • 2007 Etoile De L'observeur Du Design' Award : 'Little Big Disk'.
  • 2007 'IF' International Forum Design Award Winner : 'Little Big Disk'.
  • 2007 'Etoile De L'observeur Du Design' : 'Rugged' hard drive.
  • 2006 Red Dot Design Award Winner : 'Rugged' hard drive.
  • 2006 Red Dot Design Award 'Best Of The Best' Award Winner : ‘Talak’ table lamp, designed for Artemide.
  • 2006 'Etoile De L'observeur Du Design' : ‘Talak’ table lamp.
  • 2003 APCI 'Etoile De L'observeur Du Design' : 'D2' hard drive range.
  • 2003 'Augusto Morello 3rd Edition/Intel Design Prize' : 'Talo' lighting system, designed for Artemide.
  • 2002 APCI 'Etoile De L'observeur Du Design : ‘Talo’ lighting system.
  • 2002 Red Dot Design Award Winner : ‘Talo’ lighting system.
  • 2002 APCI 'Etoile De L'observeur Du Design : ‘Talo’ lighting system.
  • 2002 Red Dot Design Award Winner, Design Zentrum, Germany : ‘Talo’ lighting system.
  • 2002 'IF' International Forum Design Award Winner : 'Talo' lighting system.
  • 2002 “Recommendation Premio Compasso d’Oro” : 'Talo' lighting system.
  • 2000 'Design Plus Lighting + Building' Prize, Germany : 'Surf' lighting system, designed for Artemide.
  • 1999 ‘Janus De l’Industrie’ Paris, France : 'Surf' lighting system.
  • 1999 'Red Dot Best Of The Best' Winner : 'Surf' lighting system.
  • 1999 'IF' International Forum Design Award Winner : 'Surf' lighting system.
  • 1999 'Parcours Design' Prize, Batimat Trade Fair, Paris : 'Surf' lighting system.
  • 1999 'Smau Industrial Design Award' :'TX8000 Raid Tower'.
  • 1995 'Design Oscar', Paris, France  : 'Click!' table lamps for Vianne/Domec.
  • 1995 'Mat De Bronze', France : 'Eclipse' & 'Bolide' wall lamps for Atelier Sedap.
  • 1994 Red Dot Design Award 'Best Of The Best Product Design' Award Winner : 'Coq' disk drive for électronique d2.
  • 1994 'BBC Design Awards' Nomination : 'Coq', disk drive.
  • 1985 SIAD Chartered Society of Designers Product Designer Of The Year (Student Medal), London, UK.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Hudson, Jennifer « Process : 50 Product Designs From Concept to Manufacture », Laurence King Publishing, UK, 2008, pp168, pp169-171
  2. ^ Time, Style & Design, Summer 2008 « The people and ideas behind today's most influential design » pp 51
  3. ^ Design (UK), April 1989 « Mass Produced One-Offs», Lucy Young, pp 32-33
  4. ^ Modo (Italy) N° 118, Nov 1989 « Il Tempo Della Materia » (The Material Age), Frida Doveil, pp 44
  5. ^ Modo (Italy) N° 126, July 1990 « La Penna Mutante » (The Mutant Pen), Mariaclara Goldschnedi, pp 59
  6. ^ a b The Sunday Times Magazine, UK, February 11, 1990, «Bend Me shape Me», Alison Beckett, pp 71
  7. ^ « Formes des Metropoles » exhibition catalogue, Editions Centre Georges Pompidou pp 156
  8. ^ Galjer, Jasna « design by neil poulton exhibition catalogue », Croatian Academy of Science & Arts Publishing, Zagreb, 2013, pp6
  9. ^ http://www.francedesigninnovation.fr/l_observeur_uk/resultat.php?texte=Neil+Poulton
  10. ^ Zec, Peter. Design Innovation Yearbook 1994, Red Dot Editions pp 82,83,103
  11. ^ Zec, Peter. Design Innovation Yearbook 2006/7, Red Dot Editions pp 92,93,133,
  12. ^ http://en.red-dot.org/1862.html?&L=0

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