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.
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.
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 that are open-ended by encouraging interaction on the user’s side.
In 2014 she settled down in Paris where she found her own creative studio. Since then she has been collaborating regularly with photographer Corinne Stoll on creating still lifes. With a playful approach they arrange everyday objects and reclaimed materials into unexpected compositions. Out of context the initial function is removed and they are temporarily repurposed as part of an image with a new, often surrealist and humorous, identity.
Since 2017 Miriam Josi has been a part-time faculty at Parsons Paris.