James Irvine was born in London in 1958 and lived most of his life in Italy. For more than twenty years he was a landmark figure for a whole generation of international designers both on a human and a professional level right up to his premature death in 2013. He started his Italian adventure working for Sottsass Associati and went on to become a partner. Irvine’s design was characterized by geometric formalism and a close attention to the needs of the user, two aspects that are still fundamental to the work of Studio Irvine today. Danese Milano and James Irvine enjoyed a long and intimate creative relationship.