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James Irvine, 1958 - 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce that British designer James Irvine passed away last weekend at the Fatebenefratelli hospital in Milan.

A much loved member of SCP’s early years, he was an exceptionally talented designer, a very funny man and at the vanguard of changing European attitudes towards British design and designers, particularly in Milan where he based his design studio for the last 30 years. Here we present some pictures taken over the years by SCP founder and owner Sheridan Coakley.

SCP Designers Milan 1996

Matthew Hilton, James Irvine, Michael Marriott, Sheridan Coakley, Terence Woodgate, Jasper Morrison and Konstantin Grcic, Milan 1996.

James poses with the other SCP designers and Sheridan Coakley in what is now regarded as their “boyband” phase.

Span Shelving by James Irvine for SCP

Span Shelving by James Irvine for SCP

Here is a very old photo of James’ Span Shelving for SCP, from 1993.

Terence Woodgate & James Irvine

Terence Woodgate & James Irvine

Terence Woodgate and James Irvine are in a playful mood in Milan 1999.

Matthew Hilton, James Irvine & Jasper Morrison

Matthew Hilton, James Irvine & Jasper Morrison

The designers raise a glass at the SCP Curtain Road 10 year party in 1994, a motley looking crew.

Matthew Hilton & James Irvine SCP

Matthew Hilton & James Irvine

Matthew Hilton and James Irvine share a joke and a drink in Milan.

Matthew Hilton & James Irvine

Matthew Hilton & James Irvine

Here the pair share a quieter moment at the SCP show at Paul Smith in Milan, 1994.

Our sincere condolences go out to James’ family and friends, thanks for the memories, the jokes and the inspiration. We will miss you James.

Read his obituary on Dezeen or on Designboom.