We are very excited to annouce that Hugo Eccles has joined us as the brand new Creative Director of Studio Conran. It’s his first day and he’s already a very busy man.
Hugo has just returned from judging the International Design Excellence Awards conducted in the Henry Ford Museum just outside Detroit – apparently a collection second in size only to the Smithsonian in Washington DC. This is the second year he’s been asked to judge the awards.
Hugo studied at the RCA and has over 15 years of professional experience working with influential European, Asian, and American companies on projects ranging from furniture and interiors to consumer electronics and concept cars.
He joined the innovation consultancy IDEO in 1995 and won an IDEA Bronze Award for Design Exploration, amongst others. After three years of working with IDEO and Ross Lovegrove, he founded Baionik, a London-based design studio servicing an international clientele including Honda, Nike and the Ford Motor Company.
In 2003 he relocated to the US to join Fitch Inc. as US Director of Product Development, where his team won 9 awards in three years including an IDEA Gold, the consultancy’s first in a decade.
On leaving Fitch, Hugo was offered the position of Creative Director of Habitat, a position previously held by Tom Dixon, but seeking different opportunities, he chose to lead the Arnell Group’s Innovation Lab. working with Fortune 500 clients including Home Depot and Johnson & Johnson.
60seconds with Hugo:
Terence Conran, and the group of companies he has built over 50 years, continues to be a force in British and worldwide design so the chance to be part of that, and in a significant way, was an opportunity I naturally jumped at.
What excites you most about your new role?
The sheer extent and scope of the potential. We have a great team, great clients and the remit to make some big waves.
Intelligence and simplicity.
Anything styled vs designed. Unfortunately, there’s an awful lot of it about.
We are all really looking forward to working with him.