Biography

 

Barrie Weaver is a British designer splitting his time between Bath and London.

 

Over the course of his career he has designed products, interiors, and packaging for some of the world's leading companies.

 

From personal products, costing a few pounds that sell in tens of millions a year, to high technology equipment costing over £2M where annual sales are counted in tens, products that bear his handprint have created revenues in excess of a $1bn for clients in 14 countries.

 

Born in Kent Barrie Weaver spent his early years in the Middle East. Returning to London to complete his schooling he was about to take up  a place at university to study Electronics when a chance meeting introduced him to the world of design. After a crash course in art he went on to qualify in Industrial Design at the Central School of Art.

 

Weaver’s professional career began with Terence Conran creating products for Habitat, followed by a move to work alongside Kenneth Grange at Pentagram’s multidisciplinary London office which proved inspiring both creatively and technically  giving  him the confidence to set up his own practice with Jos Roberts.

 

Early commissions included the UK’s first mass-produced computer terminal for Newbury Laboratories which led to projects integrating early computers into the workplace - dealing rooms for Banks worldwide, the Goonhilly Down Satellite Earth Station, Visa’s control centre, and with Nixdorf, New York’s first touch-screen voting booth.  

 

Weaver’s interest however has always been mass production and the technology that touches the lives of many, rather than the privileged few. Realising  the future of manufacturing lay to the East he set off for Japan, Korea and Taiwan, at a time when few designers did so, subsequently landing projects from Hitachi, Panasonic, Samsung, Nissan, Subaru, LG, YKK and Zebra. 

 

Back in the UK major commissions have come from BT, Amstrad, Marks & Spencer, Marconi, Boots, Ransomes and KEF.

 

The team’s work spans 14 countries including, in Ukraine, the conversion of the Antonov AN-74 from military to civil aircraft.

 

The studio  gained a reputation as a creative hub balancing elegant solutions with practical engineering. 

 

Central to that philosophy has always been the energy of its designers, some moving on to create their own studios, most notable being Jonathan Ive of Apple whom Weaver  sponsored through college.

 

Commendations

 

Barrie Weaver is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and  Chartered Society of Designers and served on the Design Council from 1989 – 1995. 

 

 

He is a past winner of the prestigious Prince Philip Designer's Prize presented at a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace. 

 

He has also gained a number of British and European Design Awards for Industrial Design.

 

Exhibitions

 

work exhibited at

Design Council

Design Museum London

Axis Gallery Tokyo

Dentsu Gallery Tokyo

MoMA New York

KIDP Gallery Seoul

Buckingham Palace 

 

 

Judging

 

judge for

Design Council Awards

RSA Design Bursaries

D&AD Awards

Sony Design Prize

Moulinex Design Award

European Design Award

 

sponsor for

RSA Design Bursaries

Engineering

 

Engineers create the future but here in the UK there's a shortage of young engineers. Aiming to help address this we are developing a radical way to raise the profile of engineers and engineering. It's in progress.... 

Blog

 

Thoughts, comments and observations.

 

 

 

 

Property

 

Personal projects involving the purchase and restoration of period buildings and apartments. 

 

 

 

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