American design with a sense of humor, Areaware's mission is to produce everyday objects that are both functional and unusual, utilizing the best design talent available within our borders.
Areaware is a New York City based producer of thoughtful, new and inspiring products that serve a practical purpose while looking beyond the ordinary. Areaware has become a strong voice for American design, working with talents like Harry Allen, Jonas Damon, David Weeks and Singgih Kartono among its collective of strong design voices. Creating products from a diverse range of media and design languages, the Areaware product range includes home accents, functional accessories and furnishings that are simple, beautiful, humorous and poetic.
The work of industrial designer and educator Josh Owen is at once simple, practical and creative. Although typologies that Owen creates are commonly described as refined, iconic or minimalist, he defines function in humanistic terms, combining clarity of purpose and functional efficacy with emotive and tactile qualities chosen to align strategically with industry. Owen is the president of Josh Owen LLC and is an associate professor of industrial design at The Rochester Institute of Technology. His projects are produced by major manufacturers and have won many awards. Owen's work is included in the permanent design collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, the Denver Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Chicago Athenaeum and the National Museum of American Jewish History. His work has been featured in major exhibitions, numerous books on design and is regularly included in critical design discourse.