Max Lamb was born in 1980 in Cornwall, England. In 2003, he earned a BA in three-dimensional design from Northumbria University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Before pursuing a graduate degree, he worked for an interior design company in London called Ou Baholyodhin Studio. In 2006, he received an MA in design from the Royal College of Art in London. He worked with designer Tom Dixon before launching his own design studio in London in 2007.