Ali Robinson is an English designer. He studied Fine Art at The Ruskin, Oxford University. He predominately made paintings before taking up a number of artist-in-residency posts where his work developed into performance, installation-based sculpture and video.
In 1997 he co-founded One For The Road and won the Millennium Product Award from the Design Council for the redesign of the Honda monkey bike.
Ali’s practice as a designer and artist has always involved a fundamental connection and fascination in games. He is a gifted sportsman having played a number of games to national level and becoming World Rackets Doubles Champion in 2005. His art in particular touches on his interest in how sport can be a powerful metaphor, how it can prepare us for all sorts of challenges, financial and socio-political and how practice and rehearsal readies us for performances. It is this unusual mix of love and interest in design, art and games that influences his current collection of furniture.
The aim of Ali’s collection was to design a varied set of objects that share a feeling of playfulness, elegance and simplicity and to make furniture that could be used and enjoyed on a daily basis in both residential and commercial settings. It is important to Ali that the design and making process is both challenging and fun and he is particularly proud of, and feels lucky to work with, some special makers and views their collaboration as key to the ongoing development of his furniture.