Josh Owen was born in the United States in 1970. The son of an archaeologist, he spent the summers of his youth on excavations in the Middle East. Owen holds a BFA in Sculpture and a BA in Visual Studies from Cornell University and an MFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has also studied at Tel Aviv University and Cornell University's program in Rome.
In 1998 Owen established his design studio, Owenlogik in Philadelphia, PA. He continues to practice in Philadelphia and is currently the president of Josh Owen LLC. After teaching as an adjunct professor for several years, he became an assistant professor of industrial design at Philadelphia University in 2001. In 2002, he was the youngest designer to be included in the critically acclaimed "American Design, 1975-2000" at the Denver Art Museum.
In 2003, Owen was recognized by Surface Magazine as one of the most avant-garde industrial designers in the U.S. As a result, his work was celebrated and exhibited in that year's Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, Italy and at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. In 2004 he was included in The Museum of Modern Art's Design Encyclopedia and in 2005 the monograph "Josh Owen: Big Ideas / Small Packages" was published by Woodsphere.
In 2006, the design studio he teaches at Philadelphia University was selected for inclusion in the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. In 2007 he was made associate professor and academic coordinator of the Philadelphia University study abroad program in Milan, Italy. In 2008 Owen was named the Craig R. Benson Chair for Innovation at Philadelphia University and began teaching as a lecturer in the graduate department of architecture at The University of Pennsylvania. His studio's client list stretches from Philadelphia and New York City to Canada, The Netherlands and Italy including such notables as Areaware, Casamania, Kikkerland and Umbra.
His projects are included in museum collections, numerous books on design and are regularly featured in such international design magazines as AT Maariv, Abitare, Artravel, Blueprint, Clear, Design, DIID, Dwell, Ego, Elle UK, Graphis, Frame, ID, Interni, Intramuros, Lucky, Luna, Maison Francais, Metropolis, Metropolitan Home, Ottagono, Readymade, Step Inside Design, Surface, Vogue Taiwan, as well as The New York Times, The Washington Post and Viewpoint.
Owen has been the winner of three Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Awards. He has also been the recipient of the ID Annual Design Review Award, the International Design Award, as well as nominations for the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design and the Athena Emerging Designer Award. He has shown his furniture, lighting and product designs in numerous solo and group exhibitions including 100% Design (Tokyo), 100% Design East (London), the Salon del Mobile (Milan), the Salon du Meuble (Paris), the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (New York) and the exhibition; "Josh Owen: Big Ideas / Small Packages" in Philadelphia.
He lives and works in a retro-fitted cigar factory in south Philadelphia with his wife and two children.
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