Miriam Josi was born in Berne, Switzerland. She has lived all over the globe and did her studies at the School of Fine Arts in San Juan, Puerto Rico, ENSCI-les Ateliers in Paris and Parsons The New School for Design in NYC, from where she graduated with honors.
Today she is based in Paris and works as an independent product designer.
Low-tech minimalism summarizes not only Miriam’s aesthetics but her overall hands-on design approach, as well as the manufacturing processes she chooses for her products. She creates graphic and simply constructed objects with a human touch and likes to explore ways of customization through local small scale production. She is intrigued by the play with color and transforming two-dimensional surfaces into three-dimensional shapes.
Her work references the Arts and Crafts Movement as well as Bauhaus’ philosophy and aesthetics. She also adopts elements from the Wabi Sabi ideology, such as the celebration of simplicity and handmade imperfection.
With a deep appreciation for craftsmanship, a particular interest in sustainability and the educational aspect of design, she likes to rethink her role as a designer. She aims to create products that last and whose design is open-ended, encouraging interaction on the user’s side.