He graduated from Manchester Polytechnic in industrial design in 1980 and gained a master of design from the Royal College of Art, London in 1983.
Lovegrove started in the 1980's to work as a designer for Frogdesign in Germany elaborating projects for Apple and other companies.
In 1984 he moved to Paris and became a designer at Knoll International, for whom he developed the bestselling Alessandri Office System. As a member of Atelier de Nîmes, the design studio to which Philippe Starck and Jean Nouvel also belonged, Ross Lovegrove worked as a design consultant for the French companies Louis Vuitton, Cacharel, Dupont, and Hermès.
In 1987 Ross Lovegrove returned to London and opened in 1988 together with Julian Brown a practice. In 1990 Lovegrove together with his wife Miska founded a practice of his own, "Studio X", also in London.
As an industrial designer, Ross Lovegrove has worked for numerous internationally important manufacturers, amongst others Airbus, Apple, Artemide, British Airways, Cappellini, Driade, Edra, Herman Miller, Kartell, Luceplan, Mandarina Duck, Moooi, Olympus, Philips, Sony, Zanotta.
He is regarded as one of the most important contemporary industrial designers.
His works are often inspired by forms from nature, but he also deeply cares of materials, not forgetting their eco-compatibility, in a skillful synthesis of form and function.
In 1996 Lovegrove created "Crop", an armchair with a soft seat in organic forms, and "Bone", a chair with a maple frame, a wood that really does, in its natural state, recall bone shapes. In 1990 Ross Lovegrove together with Julian Brown designed the "Basic" thermos jug for Alfi - it may well be the most copied design in the world. In 1993 Ross Lovegrove was commissioned to assemble and organize the first London Design Museum collection.
Some of the objects are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and of the Design Museum in London.