Joe Ricchio was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from California State University at Long Beach (CSULB). As a student, Ricchio was selected for CSU International Programs in Florence, Italy, where he immersed himself in the country's art, design, language and history. Following a three-year tenure as both product and graphic designer for the high-tech industry, he founded Ricchio Design as a consultancy working in product, furniture and graphic design. He has designed chairs and accessories for a virtual who's-who of contract furniture, most notably the ROSCOE-award-winning Ricchio Side Chair. Several of his other designs have garnered recognition as well, including IBD, IDSA and Best of NeoCon awards. In addition to his own design consultancy, Joe Ricchio teaches furniture design at CSULB, a program he re-established in 2003. Ricchio lives in Long Beach, California.