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Innovation Studio

Aetha Design Studio

Industry-engagement and our strong maker culture puts collaboration at the heart of everything we do.

Aetha Design Studio

As fellow designers, Aetha Design Studio shares AUB’s vision of developing solutions through innovation and challenging 'normal' approaches.

We're proud to partner with them through our Associate Programme.

Meet Aetha Design Studio

Aetha Design Studio is a Poole-based product design consultancy that works with start-ups and global brands including Aquapac, Acro, Osprey and Lily’s Kitchen. Since its founding in 2008, the privately owned consultancy has grown from a team of two to six, and built a reputation for innovative design.

The studio have designed products in a vast range of areas including homeware, art, film, soft goods, aviation, lifestyle, sports equipment and medical sectors.

Known best for their ability to start “building and making” early on in the design process, Aetha challenges the normal industrial design approach with an onsite workshop and an advanced technical foundation formed from a varied team of designers with backgrounds in product engineering, soft goods and industrial design.

The studio is owned and run by Bournemouth University alumni Tom and Sophie. The team of designers have worked previously in-house as Design Engineers for Dyson, The Metropolitan Police and ITW.


Past projects that Aetha Design Studio has been involved with include:

AUB x Aetha Design Studio partnership

The AUB Innovation Team have always been supportive of Aetha from the early days as a start-up and therefore Aetha always like to support and collaborate with the AUB alumni and current students where possible.

Aetha’s long term goals are to design more sustainable, waste reducing products which consequently reduce the environmental impact production has on the world including the sea which hugs our coastline.

As an associate partner, Aetha Design will have access to the AUB’s Lab 4 Creative Technologies meaning they can explore potential new innovative techniques. The consultancies capabilities in-house will also develop and grow to use some of the equipment which is based at the AUB’s Lab including Fabric Printing, VR and equipment which Aetha does not currently have in-house in their workshop.

Explore the Innovation Studio

Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant. Photo of an exterior wall with two reverse-L shaped windows and three semi-circle panels visible. A person walks past towards the right.


The Innovation Studio operates as a lab for creative technologies, a nucleus for start-ups and enterprises and an industry engagement hub.

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Events and workshops

A series of workshops and lectures for industry professionals to develop innovation and creative capabilities.

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Take a look at some of our recent collaborative projects with external partners and businesses

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Associate Programme

Our Associate Programme offers membership of our Innovation Studio to regional businesses seeking research and development support.

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Pre Start-Up Programme

Our Pre Start-Up Programme offers membership for creative individuals or businesses looking to develop new products or services.

Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant. Photo of an interior space, with several people sat working at tables. A rectangle-shaped railing is in the middle of the room.

Creative Technologies

The Innovation Studio features state-of-the-art equipment and digital resources, and the latest manufacturing technology.