Join us for a virtual lecture with Jonsara Ruth, Co-Founder and Design Director at Parsons Healthy Materials Lab and Founder, Design Principal at Salty Labs Design Collective. Jonsara will speak on the topic of “Material Intelligence,” discussing the notion that with our decisions about which materials or things we include in a design, we are making choices about the future health of people, communities, ecologies, and ultimately the future health of the planet we all depend upon.
Jonsara Ruth is a design agitator for healthier futures. She is co-founder and Design Director of Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design, where she is Associate Professor and Founding Director of the MFA Interior Design program. Central to her research is incorporating diverse perspectives to study human experience, behavior, health and sustainable principles as primary motivations for design. Material curiosities drive her research.
Jonsara is also a designer, artist, and founder of Salty Labs, a collaborative design studio established to improve human and environmental health through design. The studio’s focus is creating viscerally designed interiors, events, furniture, and objects using healthy, sustainable, reused materials and low-energy intensive fabrication methods. As a designer, she has led creative and production teams to mass-produce the healthiest and environmentally friendly furniture available in America. Elevating everyday human experience is her underlying pursuit.