Joseph and Linda Ricchio are both graduates of California State University, Long Beach. Joe earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, and Linda holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. Together they designed The Ricchio Chair for Knoll, which features carefully contoured lines, which provide comfort and grace while giving the chair a contemporary and timeless aesthetic. The Ricchio Chair was awarded the 1991 ROSCOE Award.
The success of the Ricchio Chair prompted Knoll to collaborate twice more with Joseph Ricchio. The JR Chair and the Joe Chair both derive their scale and proportions from the Ricchio Chair. JR is a sinuous stacking chair, while Joe merges the aesthetics of both the Ricchio and the JR.
Joe attributes his design sensibilities to his educational background and time spent studying art and design in Florence, Italy. Following a four-year tenure as a product and graphic designer for a southern California design consultancy, he established Ricchio Design. He is currently a faculty member of the Design Department at CSULB teaching furniture design.
Linda’s work experience ranges from design and space planning to magazine design and independent art direction.