Josh Owen was born in the U.S. in 1970. The son of an archaeologist, he spent the summers of his youth on excavations in the Middle East. He holds a BFA in Sculpture and a BA in Visual Studies from Cornell University and an MFA in Furniture Design from RISD. In 1998 Owen established his studio in Philadelphia. In 2001 he was appointed assistant professor of industrial design at Philadelphia University. In 2002, he became the youngest designer to be included in the "American Design, 1975-2000" exhibition at the Denver Art Museum. In 2003, Surface designated him as one of the most avant-garde industrial designers in the U.S. In 2004 he was included in MoMA's Design Encyclopedia and in 2005 the monograph "Josh Owen: Big Ideas / Small Packages" was published by Woodsphere. His studio's clients include Alessi, Benza, Bozart, Casamania, Conduit, DMD, Interior Tools, Kikkerland and Umbra.