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Scottish designer Neil Poulton (1963) specializes in the design of simple, mass-produced objects and has won numerous international design awards. Poulton is best known for lighting and for technology design, and is particularly associated with manufacturers LaCie, Artemide, Megalit, Atelier Sedap and Danese Milano. He earned his BS in Industrial Design at Napier University in Edinburgh. Later, he earned his MA in Design at the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, where he was instructed by Italian design legends Andrea Branzi and Alberto Meda and tutored by future design pioneers Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Etorre Sottsass, and Richard Sapper.
Poulton first came to public view in 1989 as the creator of the “Ageing Pens,” pens made from a “living” (wearing) plastic, which changes color and form with use. The Ageing Pens were exhibited in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and The Axis Gallery in Tokyo. In 2007, Centre Georges Pompidou acquired six Poulton pieces for its Permanent Contemporary Collection. Now based in Paris, Poulton's lighting pieces for Artemide have won numerous Red Dot Best Design, Étoile de l’Observeur du Design, iF Product Design, “Augusto Morello” INTEL Design, and Janus de l'Industrie Awards.