Aaron Probyn is a British furniture and product designer and has studios in both New York and London where he works with globally recognized brands.
After studying Product and Furniture Design at Kingston University, he was offered a place at both the RCA and Habitat as the Table Top Design Manager. Taking the latter, he creatively led the Table Top Design Department at Habitat for 6 years when the retailer was at the height of its creativity and was a key part of the team winning the Elle Decoration Retailer of Year 2007. Driving the department from being the worst performing in the company to the second best, behind furniture and increasing the turnover of sales by twenty five percent during the six years. Aaron was later invited to return and be part of the Habitat 50th Birthday Design Reunion collection in 2014, designing an armchair and lighting panel which were the two most successful products within the collection and still sell to this day. Aaron continue to collaborate with Habitat predominately designing lighting collections.
After Habitat Aaron went onto work at Studio Conran as Senior Designer working with such clients as American Express, Samsung, Tchibo, Marks and Spencer, Alessi and Fermob on a diverse range of product briefs.
In 2008 he joined Tom Dixon working as Senior Designer across both product and furniture design as well as extending his skills into interior spaces, designing several restaurants, retail spaces and bars in London and Hong Kong.
Following that moved to Plain English as Design Studio Manager for their high-end bespoke kitchens and cabinetry, before establishing his own design studio, Aaron Probyn in 2012. Since setting up his own design studio, Aaron has built a large client base working globally as a design consultant covering disciplines from Lighting, Table Top, Furniture and Functional Accessories for IKEA, Crate and Barrel, Habitat, West Elm, Normann Copenhagen to name a few. Working from initial conception that directs the whole visual identity of a product or range and creating pieces that continue to perform year on year.
Alongside the design consultancy, Aaron Probyn as a design studio is expanding into developing their own table top product line. Working with retailers in collaboration on co-branded lines and supplying design led independents. Aaron Probyn designs are minimal, but warm and approachable. Believing in design that transcends trends and that products should be enjoyed for a lifetime and not be part of the disposable culture we have today. The products are both emotionally engaging as well as functional, striking a balance between the two using a rich and varied material palette.