About

Patty Johnson is a designer and educator who is interested in the interchange between research, design, commerce and culture. Based in the US and Canada, she collaborates with start-ups, manufacturers, governments, and other designers to create unique design programs and product collections.

She has developed multi-year, government funded programs in countries like Botswana, Guyana, Mexico as well as the Caribbean region including a long term project in Haiti. Johnson also designs product lines for established manufacturers worldwide like Keilhauer, Nienkamper, David Design, and Mabeo.

Her work has received four ICFF Editor’s Awards and her Transforme project was featured at Rossana Orlandi Studio during Milan Design Week 2016. She will debut Made Away, a new exhibition at ICFF 2017.

Johnson is currently working on a project with furniture manufacturers in Barbados to develop and implement a new long term strategy for the industry. In 2016, she joined the faculty in the Department of Furniture Design at the Rhode Island School of Design and will be the Graduate Program Director there starting Fall 2017.

Patty Johnson was educated at the University of Toronto, Toronto, and, received a Masters in Design from Central Saint Matins College of Art and Design, London.