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Professor Miles Pennington

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  • Miles Pennington
  • Area

    School of Design

    Role

    Head of Programme

  • Professor Miles Pennington joined the Royal College of Art in 2002 as a visiting tutor and became senior tutor of Innovation Design Engineering in 2007. He was appointed Head of Department and Professor of Innovation Design Engineering in 2009.

  • Biography

  • Miles Pennington studied Engineering at Exeter University and Industrial Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art, receiving his MDes in 1992. After graduating he worked for four years as a designer for Sekisui in Osaka, Japan, developing a wide range of products from kitchenware to prefabricated housing. He speaks Japanese and also has basic written skills in the language. In 1997 he returned to the UK and together with Charanjit Nandra established Design Stream to work with Japanese and European clients.

  • Practice

  • Design Stream – co-founded with Charanjit Nandra  – creates product and packaging ideas at the tipping point of innovation, which focuses on generating solutions that answer real consumer needs, combining both design and engineering expertise to bring ideas to life.

    As a leader in developing ideas that disrupt the market, Design Stream has helped both start-ups and major players leverage their brands for commercial success. The company has a niched reputation for excellence in innovative product development with an international client base (Japan, China, Belgium and Poland). Design Stream's USP in an already crowded market place is the combination of design, technology and commerce. Clients include blue-chip companies such as Unilever, Mars, Reckitts Benkiser, Sharp and Orange, as well as small venture capital funded start-ups.

    Stream Products One (SP1) was established in 2002 to develop and license intellectual property from self-initiated projects. They are currently working on educational toys for teaching children about environment issues and are in discussions with global media companies to develop a children’s environmentally focused brand.

    Design Stream have achieved recognition for their work with a selection of design awards: ID Magazine Awards, USA (honourable mention and best of category; D&AD Awards, UK (shortlisted); ‘G’ Mark Good Design Award, Japan; ID Magazine Awards, USA. D&AD Awards, UK. Short listed; Design Week Awards, UK (best of category); Millennium Products Award, UK; Sharp Concept Design Competition, Japan (commendation); Nextage Design Competition, Japan (commendation); Kainan International Design Competition, Japan (Grand Prix prize); Osaka International Design Competition, Japan (Bronze prize).

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