Jane Withers
Design Consultant

david batchelorJane is a design consultant, curator and writer based in London. She has written several books on design and architecture and regularly teaches and speaks on design internationally.

As a curator, she has worked on exhibitions including the retrospective of Jean Nouvel at the ICA and '1% Water' on shaping a sustainable future at Z33 in 2008 and Somerset House in 2011. In Praise of Shadows on lighting and energy was shown at the V&A in September and October 09 for the London Design Festival. She also curates design collections for private clients including the collection Light 2000-2010, on new directions and technologies in lighting.

Born in London, Jane graduated in art history at the Courtauld Institute and has an MA in design history from the Royal College of Art/ Victoria & Albert Museum. She began her career writing on design and architecture for newspapers and magazines including The Times and The Face. She was deputy editor of Elle Decoration from its launch in 1989 until 1999 helping shape a magazine that was influential in bringing modern design to a wide audience in the UK.

She has contributed essays to numerous books and catalogues and published Hot Water on Bathing culture and design and Space Within, on shaping the modern home. 72% Water, exploring our relationship to water and shaping a sustainable future will be published to coincide with 1% Water at Somerset House. She is Contributing Design Editor for Wallpaper magazine. >Jane was visiting lecturer at the Eindhoven Design Academy in 2002-3 and 2008 and External Examiner in 2006. She has served on juries including New Designers and Design Art London and workshops for the British Council and University of Ulster.

She set up her own design consultancy in 2001 and has worked for major companies internationally.