Ab Rogers is a London-based designer known for a wide-ranging practice informed by his unique imagination. In 2004, he founded Ab Rogers Design (ARD), now an established studio known for projects that are rich with colour and energy, while providing a high level of functionality and subtlety in design.
From May 2012-June 2014, Ab was Head of Programme of Interior Design at the Royal College of Art, where he established a new interior design course for the institution. This followed extensive teaching at Leeds Metropolitan University, Parsons Institute of Design in New York, Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow and at the Eindhoven Design Academy, Netherlands.
ARD’s multi-faceted work includes designing for hotels, restaurants, retail environments, domestic interiors, museum exhibitions, websites and brands; past clients include Selfridges, Condé Nast, the Pompidou Centre, Tate Modern, Royal Academy, Science Museum, the Australian Centre for Moving Image, Pizza Express, Price Waterhouse Cooper and Scape Living, for whom ARD has completed ground-breaking student housing schemes at Mile End, central London and Guildford. New sites are planned for Canterbury, Dublin and Melbourne.
For a client's house in London, the studio conjured rainbow-coloured spiral staircases and playground slides linking one storey to the next. A Mayfair clothing shop - Emperor Moth - became a mirrored crystal cave in which automated mannequins slowly turned. Rogers even took on the staid Little Chef roadside eatery, reinventing every element from the uniforms to the men’s bathrooms, as well as creating a delightful eating environment.
A former cabinet maker and sailor, Ab Rogers obtained a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Art in 1996.