Rock Galpin

MA Industrial Design, Central Saint Martin, University of The Arts London

BA (Hons) in 3D Design (Product Design)

Diploma in General Arts & Design


Rock Galpin is a Professor at the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, Dubai holds a BA (Hons) in 3D Design (Product Design) and an MA in Industrial Design from Central Saint Martins, UAL. He has also 30 years industry practice based in London, UK as a practising product/furniture designer and 26 years teaching experience, at Central Saint Martins (BA Product Design, MA Industrial Design) amongst others.

Rock is an established, furniture and product designer from London. His multidisciplinary design practice Rock Galpin Studio (London) est. in 2005, following the success of Studio Orange (London) est. in 1995 has been running for 30 years. Rock an award-winning designer, with a studio in Dubai, continues developing products for brands; supplying furniture to interior designers/architects, clients and international manufacturer brands in hospitality, workplace, education, retail, and residential markets.

Recent design work has included a collection of furniture, ‘The Lugano Collection’ for ongoing production at Morgan Furniture (UK). Rock has launching STAK furniture collection in UAE, (adaptive furniture/strong sustainable back story), launched at Downtown Design and INDEX (Dubai 2023) where he set up collaborations with partners, Kvadrat, Dateform, Neolith, Canon, The Good Plastic Company, Kidzink and Colab. His latest collaboration with partners Cosentino ME/Compac utilises waste to create a collection of luxury tables, using local suppliers and manufacture (Dubai 2023/24)

Another recent project includes, as Head of Design, working with the HMP Governor (HM Prisons) on a 2.5year project aiming to aid UK Prison reform, with a prison cell furniture collection. Working with a team of 20, 15 designers, researchers, and admin team (including Central Saint Martins, BA Product Design students) we generated over 25 designs. 5 designs passed HMP rigorous assessment, 2 were by Rock.

Rock’s overriding passion is to help develop the local design scene (industry and education) by connecting local partners (international brands), and educating up-and-coming talent, to develop the design, manufacture and supply offering here in the UAE. Since Rock’s arrival in UAE, in 2020 he has set up a number of his own design courses and workshops, using prototyping workshops offering furniture design/brand design courses to locals alongside courses at National Design Academy, The Designers Studio and Istituto Marangoni (graduate).


Dubai Academic City, Dubai


+971 4 402 1836

Teaching Areas

Furniture Design

Product Design

Brand Design

Graphic Design

Research and Professional Activities

Clients include  The British Council, ARAM, Heals, The Conran Shop, Designers Guild, Hille, Connection Seating, Morgan Furniture, Frem Group, The Ministry of Justice (HMP), Saatchi & Saatchi, Channel 4, Diageo, Omnicom and UDC (Qatar)

Exhibitions include

Rock has exhibited his furniture and lighting designs in over 40 international exhibitions which include; London and UK (IDI, 100% Design, KBB, Design UK, Design London), Paris (Maison Objet), Milan (Salone del Mobile, Gallery Babled) Hanover, Cologne (IMM), Hong Kong (HKTDC), Tokyo (Idée), Taiwan, Dubai (Downtown Dubai, INDEX) and New York (ICFF)

Awards include

The Laurent Perrier Design Award, Hiddenart, ‘Most Inspiring Designer of the Year Award’, and Ness Furniture Design Awards.

Publications include

‘The International Design Yearbook’ (cur. Jasper Morrison) and ‘Cool Lofts’ by Laurence King and ‘London Lofts’ Thames Hudson UK.

Press & Appearances

Publications in Europe, the Middle and Far East, which include; Wallpaper, Blueprint, Elle Decoration, World of Interiors, Icon, GQ, Marie Claire, Space Magazine, World Architecture, Abitare, Architektur & Wohnen, Domus, Interni, Dezeen, Love That Design, ddn, Sleeper, Design Report, Brutus and Wind (Japan), Design Week, The Times alongside a number of TV appearances and TV series (as a design presenter).


Bloomberg (London), Charted Society of Designers (CSD), Domus Academy (Milan), EBDG (Shenzhen), Commercial Interior Design (panelist), Downtown Design (panelist), INDEX - Dubai (panelist) and ITP Media (panelist).


Rock has been invited to be a judge on a panel for the following awards ‘The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards’ (London), ‘100% Design Committee’, ‘Designed in Saudi Seal’ (Accenture pilot) and ‘Commercial Interior Design Awards 2022’ (Dubai)