Joseph D'Urso

American, born 1943

Joseph D'Urso

American, born 1943

Joseph D’Urso is best known as a leading exponent of the “high-tech” movement in design, popularized in the 1980s, which is characterized by austere, stripped-down forms and the use of industrial materials, such as chrome, glass, leather, and rubber. According to D’Urso, this style “was a way of thinking more about functionality instead of sentimentality.” He began to develop his distinctive style and reputation in the 1970s while designing for private residences and showrooms. Though he admits to loving color, he applies it only in small concentrations in his work. He has produced designs for Esprit, Calvin Klein, and Knoll.