Colin Nourie - Founder

Colin Nourie is an industrial designer who has created furniture, products and environments for some of the most enviable global brands such as Herman Miller, Steelcase, Staples, Geiger, Proctor & Gamble as well as Abercrombie and Fitch. Pairing a very hands-on design approach with his discernment and curatorial instincts, his innovative design work has garnered several international design awards such as the IDEA Award, the GOOD Design Award and the Neocon Gold Award. 

As the product of a large, highly creative family of architects, engineers and musicians, Colin cites his early inspiration for pursuing design to the Solar aircrafts of Paul MacCready, the large scale artwork of Alexander Calder as well as the essentialism of the work of Dieter Rams. After graduating from The Ohio State University in Industrial Design, Colin began a deep professional practice of design based the long view approach of creating a slow build to mastery in this field. Colin has amassed an enviable list of clientele from international Fortune 500 manufacturers to Fashion retail leaders, to small technology startups and non-profit service providers. He brings 20+ years of design leadership to the creation of compelling product experiences that align the present needs of the human experience with the fast approaching needs of a healthier sustainable future.

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Design Awards

2013   Best of Neocon Gold Award

2013   Spark Product Design Awards Finalist

2009   International GOOD DESIGN Award

2005   Best of Neocon Gold Award

2002    International GOOD DESIGN Award

2002    IDEA Silver Award

2002   Neocon Citation of Excellence


What other creative leaders are saying...

“Colin Nourie has been an excellent product design partner to work with at Geiger International. His in-depth industry knowledge , his collaborative team player style and perhaps as importantly his professional ethic and commitment to seeing a positive and successful conclusion all the the way through and after product launch are among his many qualities as a capable design partner”.

- Steve Gane, SVP @ Herman Miller & President of Gegier

“Colin is an extremely creative and passionate designer.  He has the rare ability to think both abstractly in the strategic or brainstorming stages as well as concretely in the product development or engineering phases. He is an excellent team player and a great asset to any project."

- Michael Fazio, VP of Workplace Strategies @ Inscape

"For several years, Colin Nourie and his firm have been an integral part of developing and expressing the new Steelcase brand through products and environments.  His significant contributions - from insight to expression - and collaborative workstyle have helped shape a design culture where the boundaries between our in-house group and the consultants blur to generate consistently powerful work."

- James Ludwig, Global VP of Design @ Steelcase

"I have worked with Colin a number of times over the past few years and he has always provided me with very creative product solutions, on time and at a competitive rate.  He is a pleasure to work with and I eagerly look forward to working with, Colin and his firm, again in the future."

- Michael Kent, VP of Design & Innovation @ Staples

"Colin is one of the those few designers that can study a crowded marketplace and see opportunity based on sophisticated design. His deliberate approach to understanding the consumer's behavior and environment are ingrained into all his design solutions. His focused energy, research and valuable insights lead to a thoughtful decision process that produce results which will definitely have a positive effect on your team and bottom line."

- Brian Hock, Founder @ Simple Hydration

"Colin was a terrific resource and instrumental in helping us push Post & Beam to the limit with new applications and special product features that meshed beautifully with Zaha Hadid's vision for the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art."

- Michael Kelley, SVP & Director of Interiors @ KZF Design

"I had the pleasure of working with Colin for only a short time, yet in that time Colin left me with a significant impression as a critical thinker with an eye for detail and the ability to visualize in a "big picture" sense. His knowledge and dedication, coupled with his level of creativity has always impressed me.  He's impassioned by his work, bringing innovation and freshness to each project.  He has the highest level of customer satisfaction and follow through.  I dream of working with him again, but in the meantime, highly recommend him to anyone lucky enough to take advantage of such an opportunity.  I assure you he will raise the bar."

- Connie Cermak, Founder @ Social Nectar

"Colin is extremely talented and does a great job producing creative, contemporary designs with extremely aggressive product cost targets. His broad knowledge of the furniture, materials and manufacturing processes are a real asset to the end result. He brings good energy and is a pleasure to work with"

- Peggy Sonnenburg, Senior Marketing Manager @ Herman Miller