Lighting and Tables by Josh Urso Design
Josh Urso Design

Josh Urso Design

Jersey City, NJ, United States

"at its best, design makes everyday life more enjoyable, more meaningful, more interesting, and more fun."
We are a contemporary furniture and lighting design studio located somewhere between the design and art worlds. Our line of products and custom designs are composed of industrial materials: resin, commercial fabrics, military grade rope, and sheet steel. Experimentation with materials and processes has led us to create a unique group of products and conceptual pieces suitable for both the residential and commercial setting.


Josh Urso design began in 2002. fresh out of Carnegie Mellon University's design school, and convinced he could never effectively work for someone else, Josh began designing furniture on his own. using his engineering and design background, he experimented with materials more familiar to other industries and began building a product line. Resin, metal, plastics, foam, and even a chainsaw were his inspiration.

Soon Josh was showing regularly at furniture and fine craft fairs and in galleries. He stood out among both the slick mass produced modern pieces and the traditional bench made craft forms. He was one of a handful of designers producing handmade modern furniture.

By 2005, Josh’s line had developed to include several popular pieces including the specter chair and the puff light. Kim Bricker joined the business to assist in the growth. Together, they pursued the attention of interior designers, architects, and other industry professionals. The scope of their work grew and custom projects for commercial spaces became more prevalent. In addition to contract work, they maintained a tight selection of catalog pieces.

Today, Josh Urso Design continues to focus on the design and handmade production of uniquely modern furniture and lighting. While creativity and a sense of fun and whimsy are still top priorities, the latest concepts also address the growing demand for affordable options for the newest generation of designophiles. The next chapter for Josh Urso design includes flat pack furniture, production pieces utilizing local fabricators, and hand cast tabletop accessories.

What is your favorite material to work with?

"Resin is my favorite material. It lets me change common materials like rope into something unexpected, behaving in new and novel ways."
-- Josh Urso Design

What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"I want my users to feel wonder, and to question how my pieces are accomplished."
-- Josh Urso Design

What motivates and inspires you?

"My goal has always been to use materials in different ways, ways in which they were not initially intended to be used."
-- Josh Urso Design

What makes a space special?

"Friends."
-- Josh Urso Design

What’s unique about your work?

"I take materials, combine them with resin, and allow them to defy gravity. For example, I might use a quarter mile of rope to create a table base that has a fluid feel yet maintains a rigid, geometric form."
-- Josh Urso Design

How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"The majority of my ideas come to me in bed, in the moments before I fall asleep."
-- Josh Urso Design

What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"Trying to keep cat fur out of my work.....I have a very furry cat at home."
-- Josh Urso Design
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