Formed and Found is a small, innovative design company that makes durable, one-of-a-kind products with beautiful form, line, color and texture. We aspire to create functional art for the home and hope the aesthetic dimensions we add to quotidian objects help to enrich everyday life.
Zoë Bissell, creator of Formed and Found, is a designer, art base fabricator and shape collector. She works out of a century-old farmhouse, nestled in the woods surrounding the Ashokan Reservoir in upstate NY.
Zoë’s contemporary country aesthetic results from a childhood spent in New York City’s East Village and at her father’s rustic cabin near Woodstock, NY. Inspired by her mother, a painter, and her father, a mixed-media artist and yard-art eccentric, Zoë loves to weld, assemble, and repurpose found objects into functional items for the home.
Zoë earned a BFA from Parson’s School of Design and an MFA from Bard College. She and her partner, Bryan (a cabinet maker), recently built and outfitted a Rocio Romero LVL kit home within walking distance of her workshop, where they live with their daughter, Shelby, and their two dogs.