British design is admired all over the world for its iconic style, innovative and ground breaking ideas and enduring allure. Many of the designers that have played key roles in British design have helped to inspire international ideas and paved the way for foreign designers to make their mark on the world. What follows is a brief overview of some of the most important British creatives to date and the marks that they have made on the world.
The Mini was released in 1959 and was one of the most original machines of its day. The innovative design of the Mini has inspired car manufacturers and other designers all over the world and still captures the hearts of new drivers to this day.
Featuring a taut, sexy design, the Jaguar E-Type quickly became the must-have car when it was released in 1961. This car is considered to be one of the most beautiful cars ever designed and has inspired numerous other vehicles.
The Spitfire is an iconic airplane that perfectly captures British design and expression. The Spitfire was designed by Reginald Mitchell and used the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. Later, in 1976, many of the design features of the Spitfire were used in the creation of the Concorde.
James Dyson made his mark on the world of British design by taking an everyday appliance and making it truly stand out. Dyson vacuum cleaners feature a distinctive and innovative design and can be found in households all over Britain as well as the rest of the world.
To a certain extent, the design of British furniture acts as a mirror for the age that it represents.
British furniture has changed dramatically over the years, evolving from beautifully crafted yet rather heavy solid wooden furniture to styles that are colorful, lightweight and use modern materials. The heavy wooden furniture of Thomas Chippendale emerged during the Georgian period and transformed the rather dull and featureless wooden furniture of its age to bring a touch of the French Rococo style to Britain.