Born in London, James Irvine graduated in 1984 from the Royal College of Art, London. In the same year he moved to Milan. From 1984 to 1992, he was a design consultant for Olivetti design studio Milan, under the direction of Michele De Lucchi and Ettore Sottsass. In 1988, he opened his private design studio in Milan – Studio Irvine. From 1993 to 1997, in parallel to his private studio, he was a partner of Sottsass Associati, responsable for the studio's industrial design group. James Irvine designed numerous products for Thonet (A 660, A 1660, S 5000, S 123, S 1123) and advised the company from 2007-2011 in the position of art director.
Born on the slopes of Vesuvius, Italy, Marialaura Rossiello-Irvine graduated in Architecture in Naples under Riccardo Dalisi in 1996. In 2000 she continued her studies and acquired a master’s degree in Strategic Design at Politecnico di Milano. For a number of years, she collaborated with various renowned Italian design brands before joining Studio Irvine as a partner in 2011. Today, Marialaura Rossiello-Irvine is head of Studio Irvine and leads an interdisciplinary team in a well-connected network within the international design scene.