by Patrick Baglee, New York Editor
David Tonge has designed a diverse range of award winning products including furniture, luggage, consumer electronics, car interiors, cameras and computer equipment for the world’s most recognizable brands.
Plastic Logic E-ink readers. The Division
Born in England, he studied at Newcastle Upon Tyne Polytechnic graduating in Industrial design in 1989. After winning a RSA bursary award he worked and traveled in the US before returning to work in London studios for six years including ASA where he designed the award winning Options luggage range for Carlton International and systems furniture for Steelcase Strafor and his work there was exhibited at the London Design Museum.
Mori Building interactive environments. The Division
In 1993 he joined Tangerine product designers where he worked on consumer electronics for brands such as LG electronics while winning Chicago Athenaeum Good Design and IF Industrie Forum awards. In 1996 he returned to the US to join IDEO Product Development in San Francisco as Industrial Design Director
Here, he worked with Japanese companies, visiting often, studying the language and developing an enduring love for the culture. After a short time as Associate Partner at Pentagram Design also in San Francisco he co-founded The Division in 2003 with partner and textile designer Nicole Hodgkinson.
Watch concept for Issey Miyake. The Division
Now based in London they are working with clients in the EU, Japan and Korea, have been featured in the media through print, TV and Radio and presented at design events globally. David has won everything worth winning including; IDEA, IF Industrie Forum, Japan’s Good Design, D&AD and ID awards.