Growing up in Edinburgh, Richard Brownlie-Marshall was surrounded by art and design, and cemented his love for creativity while at high school, where a majority of his time was spent in the art studio. He went on to study Industrial Design at Northumbria University, where he became inspired by the wide range of mediums available in design. Direct from graduating, Richard already had an internship lined up with Brent Hobberman brainchild, mydeco. The website was the UK’s largest interior shopping destination, and from intern, he worked up to become the Design Coordinator; curating all creative aspects of the site and fronting mydecoTV.
His next role would take him in somewhat of a different direction, as he moved into the retail industry, becoming the Head of Creative at Tossed. Richard designed over 10 store interiors for the healthy eating brand, being involved in every stage from initial sketches through to creating bespoke products and delivering eye-catching end results. He developed a new wave of interiors, packaging and branding - which cemented Tossed as a design heavyweight within its sector.
In 2014, Richard joined the team at Pret A Manger. As the Global Senior Creative Designer he worked internationally for the brand in all areas of design; including packaging, marketing campaigns and new concept trials. The in-house team works on projects from sketch to shop, and creative innovation is very much at the forefront of the brand, as demonstrated in pioneering projects such as Good Evenings and Veggie Pret.
Richard’s commitment to quality and creativity saw the launch of his self-titled design brand, with its premiere range being the much talked about, Out Damned Spot. These were a set of embroidered napkins, where stains such as coffee and blood were turned into a decorative feature, fusing the traditional with the not so. Richard continues to expand the range, keeping true to his original ethos of producing design that is creatively different.
Richard has worked on commissions for a wide variety of clients, from The Archbishop of Canterbury to restaurant chain, Zizzi. He designed the bowls used in over 120 Zizzi restaurants throughout the UK, which later led to his full range of homewares inspired by British icons. He has also designed and launched many eating brands including; Hot Pink Grill, Megan’s of Chelsea and SAMA.
Out of the design studio, Richard has seen success on the stage, a passion that began after being cast in Oliver! as a child. After a string of shows in Edinburgh, Richard went on to perform on London’s West End in the original cast of Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard. He later returned to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival, to produce and act in two sell-out musicals. In 2012, he performed in the London Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Richard Brownlie-Marshall’s multi-hyphenate career has seen him work with a diverse collection of brands and sectors, which has no doubt contributed to his unique perspective in design. His passion for creativity is demonstrated through his portfolio of work and he continues to bring innovation across an ambitious range of mediums.