Luigi Colani is one of the great mavericks of 20th Century design.
He has applied his philosophy of bio-dynamic design to many areas â€“ from the design of aircraft, trucks and houses, to furniture, cameras and ceramics â€“ and has, more than any designer, put organic design firmly on the contemporary agenda.
Born in Berlin in 1928, with an art school training supplemented by studies in aerodynamics, he began his career working in the car industry. He set up his own studio in the 1960s where he made a name as the king of the customizers, with his own baroque idiom of boldly sculpture forms that spilled from cars to aircraft, and then into furniture and industrial objects.
From 1982 he began to work in Japan, and his swooping sculpted forms transformed among other products, cameras for Canon, and headphones for Sony.
Luigi Colani: Translating Nature will be the first exhibition of Colaniâ€™s work in Britain.