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Designers

Meet the minds behind the designs. This passionate and talented bunch work hard to design and bring to life beautifully-made furniture and furnishings across our home collections.

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Trend and Design Manager at Argos, Alexei Cowen.

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Our designers are inspired by every aspect of life, from nature to architecture. Their Exclusive-to-Argos homewares are exciting, original and standout. For every new season, our fashion-forward designers are hot on the case for the latest styles and trends, so you can create a fresh new look for your home.

Behind the design

Join our clever-clog creatives in the studio to find out all about their latest design ideas and how they bought them to life!

'This artisan trend is all about crafts and being cosy, so I combined a fresh foliage print with a country-style twill pattern. To capture all the natural details of the leaf, I used black acrylic on a crisp white background - the contrast is bold but inviting.'


Jessie Barrell, Textiles Product Designer


'I love the simple, practical style of Mid-Century design, with its contrasting materials and clean lines. After playing around with different textures, I went through 4 different versions before I finally found the perfect fit - a calming contemporary wave effect.'


Stephen Clark, Furniture Designer


'For this lamp, I took inspiration from clean-cut shapes and modern styling while paying extra attention to the details. The zig zag flex cable - something we use exclusively on Hygena lighting - gives the Pola its playful personality.'


Jon McMain, Lighting Designer


Meet the team


Jessie, Mike and Jon have set aside their sketch books to answer a few questions for us...

Jessie Barrell,
Textiles Designer

Where do you get your inspiration from?
"I get inspired wherever I go, I'm always looking around or online, browsing Instagram and Pinterest. Traveling never fails to inspire me. I always explore old towns and architecture; even what people are wearing."

What are the key print trends for the season?
"Watercolour florals and inky blossoms are the key feminine prints. The most exciting fashion prints this season are the kitten-unicorns and pug-unicorns, elephant motifs, as well as sketches of London."

How would you describe your own interior style?
"It's a mix of different looks, but I do like a clean and crisp look with white walls and exposed floorboards, as well as upcycled or naturally weathered furniture. We have an old Persian rug in our living room and an old Chesterfield sofa. These are our favourite pieces."

Do you have many of your own pieces at home?
"I do have illustrations that I have created however my parents have a collection of my paintings at home along with a few cushions and bedding sets that have been designed for Argos."

Favourite pieces

Check out some of Jessie's favourite pieces for the season.

Mike Allison,
Furniture Designer

Where do you get your inspiration from?
"Inspiration comes from everywhere; from attending key trade shows around the world through to the daily commute."

What other designers do you admire?
"Hans Wegner, Charles and Ray Eames are all fantastic designers in their own right."

What do you love most about your job?
"As a designer, no one day is ever the same, especially within retail. We're always looking to design new and exciting products in-house."

Describe your work in three words.
"Modern, innovative and customer-centric."

What's your favourite piece in the new season range and why?
"My favourite piece is the Ashby bed in grey. It's so simple, with its clean modern shape, finished in a grey fabric with contrasting solid wood legs."

Favourite pieces

Mike has chosen some of his top picks for autumn/winter.

Jon McMain,
Lighting Designer

What's the most important factor you consider when designing?
"As a designer, I always want my products to be pleasing to the eye but this shouldn't compromise quality or functionality. I take care to consider how the customer might use the lamp, and choose the most appropriate materials for the base and shade."

Do you have any of the products you've designed in your home?
"Yes, I have the Hygena Pola table lamp in my living room, alongside some other products that were designed by the team. I plan to add to this though."

If you could design a new piece for someone famous, who would it be and why?
"I would like to design a lamp for Pharrell Williams. It would be exciting to portray both his eclectic music style and his smart yet eccentric fashion sense. I think the outcome would be bold but stylish."

What are the key lighting trends for the season?.
"Brass and marble are two key materials for AW17. We've got a number of lights that make the most of these finishes. Statement pieces are also becoming more popular"

Favourite pieces

Here's the new season pieces hand-picked by Jon.

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