Traditional in construction and modern in conception, the Josh Owen Menorah is elegant and functional. It has an incorporated plate which catches the drippings from candles and provides a safe resting place for a used match while it is still hot. It is made of solid cast iron and has the heft expected of such a material. The weight gives it a sense of solidity and self worth, like a trusted tool found on a family farm. There is an honesty in the singularity of the iron material which suggests this object could age and continue to look even more beautiful as it acquires a patina from continual use. Part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of American Jewish History and recently added to the permanent collection of the Memorial Art Gallery, along with some artifacts of its developmental process. Winner, Chicago Good Design Award.
- Cast iron
- 11 x 11 x 3.5"
Industrial Design Chair / Professor
Josh Owen joined the faculty of industrial design at RIT in the fall of 2010. He is the Chair of Industrial Design and is actively involved in supporting the mission of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies. He previously taught for a decade at Philadelphia University where he held the position of Associate Professor and the title Craig R. Benson Chair for Innovation. Owen held the position of Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design where he developed programming that served the design, engineering and business schools under the umbrella of Integrated Product Design.
Owen is the president of Josh Owen LLC. His professional projects are produced by major manufacturers and have won many awards. His work is included in the permanent design collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Denver Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, the Chicago Athenaeum and the Museum of American Jewish History. His students' works have won awards, been exhibited and featured in international publications and critical venues and have been put into mass production prior to graduation. Owen's professional work has been featured in major exhibitions, numerous books on design and is regularly included in critical design discourse.