Lovegrove studied at Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University), graduating with a First Class BA in Industrial Design in 1980 and in 1983 then went to the Royal College of Art in London, where he completed his master of design. His inspiration mainly comes from organic forms and structures. In the early 1980s he worked as a designer for Frog Design in West Germany on projects such as walkmans for Sony, computers for Apple computers, and later moved to Paris as a consultant to Knoll International. His work has been extensively published and exhibited internationally including at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Axis Centre in Japan, Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Design Museum in London, when he curated the first permanent collection in 1993. His work is held in permanent collections of various design museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Design Museum.