Kenneth Grange

Designing the Modern World



ISBN: 9780500024867 Category:

Lucy Johnston


The definitive celebration of the work, life and times of Sir Kenneth Grange (born 1929), one of the most revered, innovative and influential industrial designers of the modern age.

‘You may not know the name Kenneth Grange, but you’ll almost certainly know his work. He has designed just about everything’ The Guardian

The work of renowned design pioneer Sir Kenneth Grange (born 1929) has touched the lives of almost every consumer worldwide and has had a lasting influence on today’s younger designers, from Sir Jonathan Ive, Jasper Morrison and Marc Newson to Thomas Heatherwick and the founding brothers of Joseph Joseph.

For decades, Grange’s iconic products – including the InterCity 125 train for British Rail, the TX1 London black taxi, domestic appliances for Kenwood, lighting for Anglepoise, cameras for Kodak, pens for Parker and post boxes for Royal Mail, among many others – have been at the centre of tastemaking and key to the establishment of Britain’s worldwide post-war reputation as an influential hub of design excellence.

Based on a series of in-depth discussions between Grange and design specialist Lucy Johnston, and her exclusive access to his extensive archive, this illuminating book explores Grange’s biography and work as seen through his eyes, illustrated with sketches, letters, scale models and product photographs. The story is set in its social, political and creative context, introducing the figures who have inspired, commissioned and worked alongside Grange as his designs transformed Britain and the world and helped to shape our modern-day consumer culture.

Additional information

Weight 1778 g
Dimensions 23.8 x 28.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 21 March 2024
Number of pages 320
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Sir Jonathan Ive
Dimensions 23.8 x 28.8 cm
Weight 1778 g


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Lucy Johnston is a curator, commentator and advisor on design, technology and science innovation. She develops international exhibitions, hosts events and podcasts, and is the founder of a national task force championing innovation and talent across UK industry. She is the author of Digital Handmade and The Creative Shopkeeper, both published by Thames & Hudson.