Ross Lovegrove (1958-) was born in Cardiff, Wales, and completed a BA with distinction in Industrial Design at Manchester Polytechnic Industrial Design in 1980. He then went on to take a Master’s in Design at the Royal College of Art in London, graduating in 1983. In the 1980s, Ross Lovegrove was a member of the Atelier de Nimes in Paris, together with Philippe Starck and Jean Nouvel, and in the early 1980s he also worked as a designer for Frog Design in West Germany. He set up his own design company, Studio X, in London in 1990.
Working with Louis Poulsen, Ross Lovegrove has developed the Transair and Aeros products. The idea behind Transair was to create a range of spots suitable for illuminating art in the clean, simple spaces that are often to be found in museums and galleries. However, spotlights are also used in many furnishing contexts outside the scope of art exhibitions, so the idea was to develop a spot that would also function seamlessly in private settings. Aeros is a pendant which, with its finely perforated surface is both illuminating and shielding. Aeros radiates mysticism and possesses an innate beauty that engenders associations with Byzantine decoration. At the same time, however, Aeros is an ultra-modern fixture, and the advanced design of the luminaire posed significant challenges with regard to technical production. With its sculptural beauty, its shielded light source and its pleasant light emission, Aeros accommodates all the requirements in the Louis Poulsen lighting philosophy. Ross Lovegrove has received a great many prizes, including the World Technology Award from Time Magazine and CNN in 2005 – the same year he was presented with the Red Dot Design Award.