Our purpose is to put human beings at the heart of design. We do this by using the art of care to create user-focused spaces that solve problems and positively influence human behaviour.
We are passionate about the power of design to dissolve boundaries, nurture ecology, champion diversity, and bring people together, fostering community renewal.
We create inclusive environments; welcoming, transformative and accessible spaces where anyone can feel comfortable, engaged, considered and safe.
We challenge, provoke, explore and question, always looking to test our limits, find new solutions and achieve our clients’ desired ambitions.
Enacting positive social and environmental progress through design and architecture.
Making more with less
Reducing waste, extending the lifespan of our designs and maximising use of renewable resources.
Delight in the Unexpected
The creation of surprising, intuitive and hard-working environments.
The ARD Design Approach
- Design from inside out – so a building’s envelope is defined by the activities it contains.
- Create Relational Spaces – environments that interact with the user, prompting positive behaviour
- Apply sustainable, flexible, future-proof solutions – to create spaces that can adapt to changing needs without waste or destruction
- Provoke sensorial engagement – through light, sound, smell, movement, texture, colour, materiality and haptics
- Promote modern manufacturing technology – designing for use of standardised modular components to improve cost and maximise efficiency of delivery
- Use Collective Intelligence – gathering and harnessing the thoughts, ideas and experience of a group diverse minds.
- Implement cross-sector learning – taking research and experience garnered from a diverse range of projects to broaden and inform our response
Ab Rogers is a London-based designer known for a wide-ranging practice informed by his unique imagination. He founded Ab Rogers Design (ARD), in 2004 and it has since become an established studio specializing in the design of small spaces and for experiential design projects that are dynamic and rigorous, enriched with colour and narrative, while providing a high level of functionality and subtlety in design.
A former cabinet maker and sailor, Ab Rogers obtained a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Art in 1996. Over the last two decades his work has focused on a diverse range of conceptual approaches to the interior from the liberation wasted and forgotten space and making use of dynamic, flexible materials to the use of sensation and movement to explore how spaces and people adapt to one another.
Kitchen Rogers Design (founded with Shona Kitchen in 1998) sought to animate objects that are normally static and to bring life to spaces that are frequently lifeless. Major commissions included the Comme des Garçons store on rue du Faubourg St Honoré in Paris (FX International Interior Design Awards 2001 Winner – Best Store Design); the Al-Ostoura luxury department store in Kuwait City and the Michel Guillon flagship store on the Kings Road in London.
From May 2012-June 2015, 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, Design Product at the Royal College of Art, Parsons Institute of Design in New York, Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow and at the Eindhoven Design Academy, Netherlands.
Ernesto Bartolini is an experienced architect who became a Director of Ab Rogers Design in 2015 after more than a decade of running his own multidisciplinary architectural practice (DA Studio) with Arianna Pieri in Florence.
He joined the studio following years of successful collaboration with ARD and his extensive experience in masterplanning and establishing connectivity within existing urban fabric and social contexts, has enabled the studio to expand its focus to include integration of the design process within the wider context of contemporary cities and large architectural developments.
Ernesto’s specific field of interest focuses on strategy and process for design implementation as well as urban planning and regeneration of public spaces but his studio also worked on a wide range of architectural commissions from commercial and residential to hotel projects for international clients – including the regeneration of Monteverdi resort in Castiglioncello del Trinoro (Siena, Italy), and La Bandita Townhouse in Pienza (Siena, Italy).
After qualifying as an Architect at Florence University 1998, Ernesto went on to attain an MA in Urban Management strategies from the Domus Academy in Milan. Prior to establishing DA Studio he founded his own multi-disciplinary design group Zoom Ahead and gained professional experience in the practices of Richard Rogers Partnership, Massimiliano Fuksas and Andrea Branzi.
Selected Clients & Collaborators
Al Ostoura, Kuwait
American Hardwood Association
ASSOS of Switzerland
Ashmolean Museum of Arts & Archaeology, Oxford
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne
Barbican Centre (Barbican International Enterprises)
Beijing Design Week
British Film Institute (BFI)
Caixa Forum, Barcelona
Caixa Forum, Madrid
Camberwell College of Art
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Cheongju City, South Korea
COMO Hotels and Resorts
Coventry University London
Design Museum London
Esselunga S.p.A., Italy
FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool
Global Grad Show, Dubai Design Week
Heston Blumenthal, The Fat Duck
Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust
John Voigtmann and Ondine Cohane
Jonathan Newhouse, Condé Nast International
Kenny Schachter, ROVE Gallery
La Bandita, Tuscany
Law Family Charitable Foundation
London Design Festival
M.A.P Crew, Seoul
Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
National Science and Media Museum, Bradford (Science Museum Group)
Newnham College, University of Cambridge
Nick Knight, SHOWstudio
Onassis Culture Centre (OCC), Athens
Plaza Carso, Mexico City
Rei Kawakubo, Comme des Garçons Paris
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Ronnie Cooke Newhouse, House+Holme
Royal Academy of Arts
Royal College of Art
Scandicci Council, Tuscany
Science Museum, London
Selfridges & Co.
Shenzen Xian Yu Restaurant Managing Company Limited
Somerset House Trust
Songdo International Business District (IBD), South Korea
Stanley Picker Gallery
St Mary’s Hospital, London
Taipei Fine Arts Museum
TASS Russian News Agency
Telegraph Museum Porthcurno
The Fat Duck, Brey
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto
UBM / May Design Series
University of Cambridge
Victoria & Albert Museum
Zorlu Centre, Istanbul
Denton Corker Marshall
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Stephen Marshall Architects
Studio Egret West
Walters & Cohen Architects
Richard Woods Studio
BRANDING AND ART DIRECTION
Stephanie Seungmin Kim
Shona Kitchen (formerly ‘Kitchen Rogers Design’ in Partnership with Ab Rogers)
Graphic Thought Facility
JOINERY & INSTALLATION
The White Wall Company
Van Rooij + Griffiths
Michael Grubb Studio
Morley von Sternberg
Richard Greenwood Partnership
milk architecture & design