Neil Poulton
Neil Poulton Industrial & Product Design /

Neil Poulton specialises in the design of “deceptively simple-looking, mass-produced objects”. He is best known for technology designs – designs like the iconic "Rugged" hard drive for LaCie which has sold over 4 million units – and for lighting, notably for his many "best-seller" lamps for the Italian company, Artemide.

Poulton's designs are included in the Permanent Contemporary Collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He has been listed in Time magazine's "The Design 100 – The people and ideas behind today's most influential design".

His first major solo exhibition "design by neil poulton" was held in the Glyptotheque museum in Zagreb, Croatia in 2013. In 2018 Poulton's "Scopas" lamp for Artemide is featured in the inaugural collection of V&A Dundee, Scotland.

He has won numerous awards including seven French "Etoile de l'Observeur du Design" prizes, twelve German Red Dot Design Awards, five "iF" International Forum Design prizes, three French "Janus de l'industrie" awards, two "Recommendation Premio Compasso d'Oro", two "Best of The Best" Red Dot Design Awards, an International Design Award and an European Design Award.

Poulton gained a BSc degree in Industrial Design at Napier in Edinburgh and was awarded the CSD medal for the Best Student Product Designer in Britain in 1985. In 1988, he gained a master’s degree in Design at the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy under Andrea Branzi, Alberto Meda, Ettore Sottsass, Richard Sapper, Isao Hosoe and Anna Castelli Ferrieri.

Neil Poulton is a Scottish-born designer who lives and works in Paris, France.

« photo Nicolas Foucher ».


Rugged. LaCie.

With over 4 million units shipped since its introduction in 2006, the Rugged external hard drive range is the industry standard for creative professionals the world over. Itʼs a hard drive. Itʼs tough. Itʼs orange. Rugged is included in the Permanent Collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France.

design by neil poulton for LaCie, 2006 to 2018.

« photo Nicolas Foucher »

2big dock Thunderbolt 3. LaCie.

2big dock gives you back all the ports that modern laptops took away.

design by neil poulton for LaCie 2018.

Scopas. Artemide.

Scopas is a LED suspension lamp designed to disrupt the historic model of a spherical lamp – it has no central light source. Partly inspired by the always-incomplete Death Star from Star Wars (!), the lamp is a Hepworthian study of the connection between negative and positive space. Its seemingly incomplete structure changes appearance and physical form depending on the point from which it is viewed.

Red Dot Award 2013, IDA Award 2017 (Silver), EPDA Award 2017 (Silver), included in the inaugural permanent exhibition of V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum) Dundee, Scotland, 2018.

design by neil poulton for Artemide, 2012.

Calipso. Artemide

Calipso, was generated using an old algorithm found on a dead PC – a quirky, vintage, image-based algorithm generating unpredictable output. The resulting ceiling lamp, wall lamp, suspension lamp and lighting system share an impure geometry that displays the irregular beauty of nature. Calipso is a high-performance lighting product positioned perfectly half-way between domestic and professional use, equally at home in the dining room or office.

design by neil poulton for Artemide, 2017, 2018.

« photo Gio Pini »

Bookles. Christofle.

Bookles are plated-silver bookmarks. The name “bookles”, is a play on words, blending sound and sense. A “boucle” in French is a “curl”, a reflection of the forms used for this collection of six bookmarks and page dividers. The name “Les Bookles” reinterprets “boucles” as a marriage of “book” and “clé”, of book and key – “The Keys to the Books”.

design by neil poulton for Christofle, 2013.

Sketches. NLXL

No repeats. Dutch printing fashion house, NLXL, scanned 252 pages of real, original, designer sketches and turned them into a 9 metre long, 45 cm wide roll of commercially available, digitally printed wallpaper. With no repeats – which is what makes NLXL wallpaper unique.

design by neil poulton for NLXL, 2016.