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The crazily original orange Bond Bug of 1970
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Aircruiser II with ‘flat’ fuselage promises greater efficiency and a much more pleasing passenger experience. Close
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The Bush TR130, the best selling radio in the UK in the sixties. Close
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The Scimitar GTE (1968) the first Sporting Estate influenced the design of all later cars. Close
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The marble run, developed at Ogle, sold to Kiddicraft in 1970, has given pleasure to vast numbers of children ever since. Close
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The award winning Leyland truck cabs of 1980 set new design standards. Close
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The Ogle site in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, as it had grown by 1980. Close
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Ogle’s Transport Design studio. Close
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The BAe Jetstream 41 mock up under construction. Close
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The iconic Raleigh Chopper of 1970 Close
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Dummies developed and manufactured at Ogle for safety research, were used around the world. Close
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One of many projects for Electrolux. Close

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.

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The Little Look at Bottoms’ published in 2004, re-printed in 2012 Close
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The ‘Boystoys’ wooden F1 racing car of 1970 with real rubber wheels, big at the back, small in front. Close
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’Henry’, made from cardboard, newspapers, coat hanger wire with MDF off-cuts for base. Close
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’The Queen’s Flight’, a collage, has 2nd Class Queen’s bunched together on the lower deck. Close
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Prototype of nesting fruits. Close
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Prototype picture puzzle. Close
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Manic ’Otto’ snaps at ball and wags his tail Close
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Apple, oranges, pears etc Close
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Aircraft with Big Fat Peace Bomb that spreads a mist of love and goodwill. Close
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Sarah, four, at one of my workshops. Close
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Rockets launched with wooden kitchen spoon. Close
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’Ladies in Waiting’ appeared in RA Summer Exhibition Close