Born in Texas in 1979, artist-designer Doug Johnston was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Drury University, graduating with Bachelor’s degrees in architecture and studio art in 2002. He went on to earn his Master’s degree in architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2007, and moved to New York that same year. In 2011, Johnston opened his eponymous studio in Brooklyn. Since 2005, he has served as a guest critic and lecturer at multiple universities, including Shih Chien University in Taipei, Lawrence Technological University in Michigan, and his alma mater, Drury University.
Johnston’s work spans art, design, architecture, and music, exploring a variety of mediums and techniques, such as installation, sculpture, metal fabrication, photography, and performance. Since 2010, he has focused primarily on a process of coiling and stitching rope into a variety of functional and sculptural pieces.
Johnston lives and works in Brooklyn. He shares his studio with his wife, artist and designer Tomoe Matsuoka.