Jonathan Ive was born in Chingford, London in the year 1967. However his family moved to Staffordshire where he was raised. He was brought up by his teacher father and attended Chingford Foundation School. He went on to attend Walton High School in Stafford, and then studied Industrial Design at Northumbria University (Newcastle Polytechnic at the time). Once enrolled in Walton, it became clear that he attained many technical & drawing skills through his father. During this time, Jony along with his older band mates were in a band called, " White Raven," that played soft rock. They all attended the Wildwood Fellowship Church. Ive also met his wife Heather Pegg during his high school years. She is a year younger than Ive. They married in 1987, and have twin sons. Their family now lives in San Francisco.
Jonathan himself has said that he knew he was interested in “drawing and making stuff” since around the age of 14. The idea of design was long in his mind but he was unsure as to what exactly he would design. His interests were very broad from furniture, to jewellery to even boats and cars. He was never sure where his curiosities would take him. It wasn’t until he met with various design experts that he was able to see some standard ground in wanting to further his study in product design.
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