Poulton gained a bsc degree in industrial design (technology) at Napier
University in Edinburgh in 1985 and was awarded the "siad chartered society of
designers” medal for the best british student product designer of the year.
1988, he gained a master’s degree in design at the Domus Academy in Milan, under
italian architect Andrea Branzi and designer Alberto Meda. Poulton’s tutors
included italian architect Ettore Sottsass, german industrial designer Richard Sapper,
Isao Hosoe and Anna Castelli Ferrieri.
poulton first came to public view in 1989 as the creator of the "ageing pens”, also
known as the "penna mutante” (the mutant pen), these pens were made from a
living, wearing plastic, which "ages as layers of colour wear away through use”.
The ageing pens were exhibited in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Centre Georges
Pompidou in Paris and the Axis Gallery in Tokyo.
worked briefly for french designer Philippe Starck in Paris from 1991 through
been a guest speaker, visiting professor and judge of degree projects at schools
across the world including Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in
London, the Domus Academy in Milan, the University of Western Australia in Perth,
Australia, the EESAB in Rennes, the Ensci (Les Ateliers) in Paris and the École
de Design Nantes Atlantique, France.
numerous international design awards, including seven french "etoile de
l’observeur du design" prizes, twelve german "red dot design awards”, five
"if" international forum design prizes, three french "janus de
l’industrie" awards, two "recommendation premio compasso d’oro"
and the "best of the best" red dot design awards in 1994 and 2007.
major solo exhibition "design by Neil Poulton" was held in the Glyptotheque
Museum in Zagreb, Croatia in 2013 - his "scopas" was inaugurated into
the 1st permanent collection of v & a dundee, Scotland in 2018.
also been a judge of international design competitions including the "if”
design award, the apci observeur de design, the hong kong design award (hkda)
2018 and the muse design awards in 2020.
Poulton was inducted into the Napier University alumni hall of fame in
inducted into the french "who’s who in france" in 2020.