Darrin Ingleton, CIBO Design

Sometimes passion and an understanding of proportions is enough to forge a career in design

07 Oct 2009

To many people, infiltrating the world of design can seem a difficult prospect. Many successful practitioners today come from a long history of creatives, have a background in design education or a foot in the industry door.

Darrin Ingleton, founder and co-designer of CIBO Design, is proof that a pedigree is not paramount when it comes to creative careers. “I’m definitely not a classically trained designer,” he says, “rather I take my understanding of proportions from past building industry experience and apply the same disciplines to bathroomware and furniture design.”

Studying stone masonry and drafting and building design in the UK, Darrin then moved to Australia, receiving an MBA from Victoria’s Deakin University. Joining forces with fellow expatriate Londoner, cabinet-maker Peter Ricketts, their intuition told them to jump into the gap in the market for high quality home storage.

CIBO Design was born and Darrin and Peter have been designing and manufacturing furniture and bathroomware, beginning humbly with a small range of vanities through to a comprehensive range today including custom wardrobes.

Lofty dreams combined with business acumen proved successful for Darrin and Peter, their story an inspiration for any design lover that wants to turn their passion into practice.

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