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Joey Roth

Joey Roth designs products to articulate the beauty of everyday rituals. He combines simple functionality with honest, unfinished materials that become more personal as they take on a patina of use. He’s especially interested in designing tools for ephemeral experiences like tea and music.

Joey was born in 1984 in San Francisco and grew up in Montclair, NJ. He graduated from Swarthmore in 2006 with a BA in Industrial Design Theory. His favorite musicians are the Dirty Projectors and Ghostface Killah, and his favorite authors are George R.R. Martin and Haruki Murakami. When taking a break from design, he likes long-distance skateboarding and cooking with kale.

Beliefs and practices:

  • Make products that push boundaries now and remain valuable for years.
  • Bake sustainability into the product’s function, materials, and life cycle; sustainability should never be an end in itself.
  • Recognize that both irony and beauty are crutches for bad design.
  • Never put a design into production if I wouldn’t want my grandparents to use it every day.
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Ceramic Speakers

Music can't make much of an impact unless it can be heard, and tunes that are played like they're meant to sound—rich, deep, clean—can be a revelation. San Francisco–based product designer Joey Roth created these porcelain speakers with ceramic, cork, and Baltic birch, simple materials complemented with high quality electronic design that will bring out the sonic beauty in any album you put on. The speakers will hit stores in November, but you can pre-order now from Joey's site.

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