2018 marked 25 years of practice for designer Steve Jensen.
A Designer, Artist & Academic he operates between the boundaries of Art and Architecture. A balance of professional practice and education has created a unique body of work that has enabled him to formulate a strong design identity and educational aptitude.
Previous companies Juggernaut Design and Anarchitect, were both critically acclaimed and award winning. He has worked, built and published throughout the world with clients such as Vivienne Westwood, Nike and Endemol, along with numerous private clients and collaborations.
He has extensive teaching experience at all levels, engaging with schools and students from all over the world, and is currently Year One Leader at the Royal College of Art in London, for post graduate studies of Interior Design and external examiner at Edinburgh University.
In 1991 after graduating as an Interior Designer from Kingston Polytechnic Steve travelled to Barcelona to work with MBM Architects, he cut his teeth on projects such as the '92 Olympics, Regeneration of the centre of Berlin and Val d'Oise Paris.
On his return to London he formed Juggernaut Design with 3 friends. In 2000, after great success, Juggernaut disbanded, Steve then formed Anarchitect, on his own. With experience spanning over two decades, Steve has evolved a methodology which harnesses his natural ability to respond to sites and spaces along with a pragmatic and professional process to translate these ideas into a built reality.
Having worked in film, theatre, fashion and retail, combined with many one off art and installation projects this potent cocktail enables his clients to achieve exciting cutting edge yet build-able and cost effective projects. Throughout this time, for 20 years, he has expanded his academic experience by teaching architecture and interiors at many London Universities and recently at the Royal College of Art where he is currently a 1st Year Leader for Interior Design. The balance of professional practice and academic reflection allows his work to remain energetic and enigmatic, whilst being achievable, it challenges the boundaries of what is possible within set confines. During the 1990's, Steve, designed and constructed work from a large studio and workshop in Shoreditch, East London. The workshop consisted of studio space, woodwork, metalwork and finishing, this allowed a streamlining of the design to site process, learning with small scale model making and full size prototyping, creating construction friendly projects.
Clients such as Vivienne Westwood, Mean Fiddler, Cream and Giraffe benefitted from this approach. More recently, larger projects have been produced, with this accumulated knowledge of process to construction, clients have included a continued working relationship with Vivienne Westwood, Nike, London Legacy Corporation, Unilever and Endemol. Diverse collaborations and exciting one off projects have enriched a body of work, this diversity has allowed Steve to explore design at all scales, buildings, interiors and furniture, both commercial and bespoke, informing and influencing one another.
The restraint of real world situations constrict then release the creative process, existing conditions define the real and influence proposition. Steve's work has been constructed in many parts of the world and he has won awards such as Canon Blueprint Retail Interior of the Year and ICA Toshiba Arts and Innovation Award. His work has been published in numerous international books and journals.