Sir Kenneth Grange, London 2011
Britain's foremost industrial designer, whose shape for - Intercity trains is still futuristic 37 years on (and his mixers, lights, pens, cameras, post-boxes, bus shelters, and…)
Kenneth Grange is Britain's leading product designer. His prolific career spans over 50 years and he is responsible for designing some of the most iconic and familiar products and appliances that shape our daily lives. Kodak cameras, the silhouette for the Intercity 125 train, Kenwood food mixers, Parker pens, and the re-design of the London black cab are just some of his well-known designs.
I interviewed Kenneth Grange at length, for a chapter in the book Making Britain Modern which went with the exhibition of the same name at the Design Museum in 2011. We did the work at breakneck speed due to shortage of time at Kenneth's London home in Hampstead, where he showed me his impressive workshop, with a recess chiselled for every tool – nothing can be used before it has its allocated place.