MIO was founded by the Salm brothers (Isaac, the numbers guy and Jaime, the design guy) with the objective of combining business rigor with environmentally and socially progressive design. MIO's success is the result of Jaime and Isaac's vision and the contributions of hard working and creative designers, interns, manufacturers, engineers and business professionals.
MIO is a design company dedicated to creating the most sustainable and innovative design experiences in the market. Serving the needs and desires of our loyal customers and consulting clients guides our design, marketing, manufacturing and consulting activities.
Based out of Philadelphia ("the workshop of the world" in the late 1800's) MIO builds on a strong local manufacturing base and a diverse pool of creative individuals that is ever present in the city.
Since our founding in 2001, we have encouraged our customers to grow into a greener, healthier, happier and more profitable future. Our design focuses on the needs of people today and aims towards the technologically advanced and responsible product experiences of tomorrow.
Guided by the company's philosophy of "Responsible Desire" MIO has introduced design that strategically harnesses the most eco-intelligent aspects of conventional manufacturing, marketing and distribution methods. This approach has resulted in the integration of existing technologies and industries into a profitable value-added system that is both socially and environmentally responsible.
Green = Desire
Addressing both needs and wants requires the merging of responsibility and desire. MIO delivers design solutions that fit our fast paced, innovation-driven culture and economy, while holistically addressing needs and wants.
People = Culture
Accessible design is the result of everyday life informing the creative process. Individuals shape culture through thought and action. Responsible product experiences must embody culture shaped by those individuals in order to thrive.
Context = Relevance
Origin provides users with story, meaning and value. Context builds physical, emotional and intellectual connections between a design and its audience.
Awareness = Intelligence
Products that address every stage of their lifecycle provide customers with built-in environmental choices and functional benefits. This kind of eco-intelligence is sought after not only for its social significance, but also for its practical and aesthetic merits.
Our Philosophy @ Work
All of our products use materials that can be easily recycled with existing infrastructures, fit into closed loop manufacturing systems available today or fit seamlessly with natural ecosystems.
- Materials, processes and manufacturers are carefully matched for optimal efficiency and environmental benefits. We evaluate factors such as product durability, embodied energy, affordability and ease of recycling to develop our designs.
- Our products are designed for ease of disassembly, shipping, recycling, re-using and composting.
- We only work with companies that adhere to socially responsible business practices.
- We find new uses for technologies and adapt industries to fit sustainable market opportunities.
- We make customers participants in the lifecycle of designs through information and technology.