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Lifetime Achievement Medal: Kenneth Grange


The 2016 Lifetime Achievement Medal, sponsored by Johnson Tiles was awarded to Sir Kenneth Grange. The Lifetime Achievement Medal honours an individual who has made significant and fundamental contributions to the design industry over their career. “Kenneth Grange is the Godfather of UK product design, every household in the UK must have a product designed by him – his designs truly are icons that will feature in the history books.”

After art school and as a technical illustrator in National Service, Sir Kenneth Grange was an architectural assistant for seven years before starting his own practice as an interior and exhibition designer in 1956.

Subsequently he made his reputation as a product designer. In 1972 with three graphics and one architectural partner, he founded Pentagram which is now an international design practice with offices in London, Germany and the USA. His work has spanned half a century and his designs have remained familiar in the home, street and station. Some of these include the intercity 125 train, Adshel bus shelters, the first UK parking meter, the Chef and many other products for Kenwood, razors for Wilkinson Sword, the Instamatic and other cameras for Kodak, loudspeakers for Bang & Olufsen, Parker pens, lamps for Anglepoise and many products for Japanese clients.

He has twice won the Duke of Edinburgh’s prize, received ten Design Council awards, is a Royal Society Designer for Industry and has a CBE. He has six honorary doctorates including one at the Royal College of Art where he is a Visiting Professor.

He was the first designer to be given a one-man show at the V&A in 1983, similarly honoured in Tokyo. His show Making Britain Modern opened at the Design Museum in 2011. He was knighted in 2013.

Supported by Johnson Tiles.