Tom Karen arrived in Britain from Czechoslovakia in 1942 (the middle of WWII). In 1962 he was invited to take charge of Ogle Design as MD and Chief Designer after working in the aircraft industry, Ford, Hotpoint and Philips. Ogle became the leading product and transport design organization in the UK and tackled an exceptional range of projects – from truck cabs to toys.
A recent exhibition at Clare Hall in Cambridge was rated as one of the best ever held there with something of interest for everyone, with humour, and a special day devoted to children who could play with all of Tom’s toys.
Tom has given many talks on design and tutored at the Royal College of Art. A constant in his career has been his love of children – designing and making toys, running workshops and writing a book for them.
Tom has honorary degrees from Loughborough and Hertfordshire Universities. He retired from Ogle in 1999 but still sees opportunities for improving many designs.