New York, USA. 1943

New York, USA.

Bruce Hannah, graduated from Pratt Institute in 1963 with a degree in Industrial Design. His career as a designer began in 1967 when he collaborated on several award winning seating groups for Knoll. In 1976 Bruce Hannah established his own design office. In 1990 the Hannah Desk System for Knoll was named a design of the Decade by The IDSA – Industrial Design Society of America.

In 1992 Bruce was named the first Designer in Residence at the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Bruce Hannah’s Biography In 1993 Bruce was awarded the Bronze Apple by the New York Chapter of IDSA for the first national design conference on Universal Design. Bruce is a tenured Professor at Pratt Institute and continues to design, most recently an exhibit at the National Design Museum, titled Unlimited by Design. In 1998 Bruce was appointed Chair of both Undergraduate Industrial Design and Graduate Industrial Design at Pratt Institute, and received the National Design Education Award from the IDSA.

Guest editor-Contributor to Condé Nast Traveler Magazine, Design Catalog, March 2000 In 2000 Awarded Federal Presidential Design Achievement Award for the exhibition “Unlimited By Design” at National Design Museum, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Institution. In January 2004 John Wiley & Sons published Becoming a Product Designer. 2005 Contributing writer to Phaidon Classics of Design. 2006 Unlimited by Design named one of the 12 most influential exhibits by Metropolis Magazine. 2007 Hannah Principle named by Niles Eldredge.

In 2014, Bruce Hannah started working on his third book, THINKS, (10,000 things a designer thinks about while designing). in 2015, he was invited to the Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, as a guest lecturer to teach a course he designed to introduce the concepts in, THINKS, the book.

Hannah is currently working, with a NYC production company on a TV pilot about the intersection of design and science.



THINKS project