Robin Levien

Product designer Robin Levien is one of the most successful and innovative designers working in Europe today.

His Trend porcelain tableware for Rosenthal Thomas has been a top seller for over 25 years, with many other ranges designed for homes and restaurants for American, German, Italian, Danish and Portuguese clients continuing in popularity.

Robin studied Ceramics at the Central School of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art, graduating with a master’s degree in 1976 before joining the design partnership Queensberry Hunt where he later became a senior partner in what became Queensberry Hunt Levien.

In 1999 he set up his current practice Studio Levien with his partner Patricia Stainton to design a wide variety of products for international markets.

In recognition of his sustained excellence as a designer Robin received the distinction of Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) from the Royal Society of Arts in 1995 and was Master of the Faculty of Royal Designers between 2009 and 2011.

Robin has won numerous awards including two Design Week Awards, a D&AD Silver Award and in 2007 he received a ‘Special Commendation’ in the Prince Philip Designers Prize. He was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Homes & Gardens Magazine in 2008 and has numerous pieces of his work in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Robin is a visiting professor at Central St Martins and an Honorary Doctor at Staffordshire University. He was on the council of the Royal College of Art between 2000 and 2012 and was made a Senior Fellow in 2013. With Fuel RCA Robin runs an RDI/RCA mentoring programme for graduates of the Royal College.