Trained as a furniture designer at the Royal college of Art in London, James Irvine graduated in 1984. Since then he was based in Milan.
He was a member of the Olivetti design studio until 1993 and also a partner of Sottsass Associati until 1997. In 1988 he lived in Tokyo and worked in the Toshiba design studio. Irvine’s studio designed industrial products for companies such as Canon, Artemide, and Whirpool.
In 1999 he designed the new Mercedes Benz city bus fleet for Hannover.
n the furniture field his first client was Cappellini. He also worked with international companies including B&B Italia and Magis.