Kenneth Grange knighted
in New Year Honours


Sir Kenneth Grange

News: British industrial designer Kenneth Grange has become Sir Kenneth Grange after receiving a knighthood for services to design in the New Year Honours.

Kenwood Mini Mixer by Keneth Grange

Grange, born in 1929, designed hundreds of everyday products during a career spanning more than half a century including food mixers for Kenwood (above), cameras for Kodak (below) and irons for Morphy Richards.

Kodak Instamatic 33 by Kenneth Grange

He also worked on the InterCity 125 train (below), which first came into service on the British rail network in 1976 and is still in use. Grange was a founding partner of design studio Pentagram.

InterCity 125 by Kenneth Grange

The New Year Honours are announced at the end of each year  "in recognition of the achievements and service of extraordinary people right across the United Kingdom". This year's list particularly celebrated Olympic athletes and, unusually, did not honour any practicing architects this year.

Last year's list included a knighthood for Apple senior vice president of industrial design Jonathan Ive and a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for industrial designer Marc Newson. Architect John McAslan received and OBE (order of the British Empire) in the 2012 list.

  • Tord Boontje

    Congratulations Sir Kenneth!

  • Blackie Jones

    This man is a legend and a real gentleman. The best news of the New Year Honours!

  • Sean Delay

    Great that he’s received this recognition, as someone who has created so much; honour follows form follows function!