College for Creative Studies: Product Design


John Kaloustian

Adjunct Faculty

BFA, College for Creative Studies

John Kaloustian is an adjunct professor of industrial design at the College for Creative Studies, where he has been teaching since 1984.

It was actually his during his experience as a student that the designer gained professional experience designing corporate aircraft interiors for Rockwell International. After gradation, he joined the Steelcase design staff, then established an independent design consulting practice, where he has worked on projects for Bernhardt Design, Coalesse, Harter, Haworth, Herman Miller, KI and Steelcase.

Kaloustian’s ability to provide diverse design solutions goes beyond the furniture industry to encompass various electronic components for companies such as EDS, Fanuc Robotics, Pentax Cameras, and concept designs for a partnership between Visteon and Bang & Olufsen. He has also designed biking products for Trek and Saris, along with automotive related products for Goodyear and Somner Allibert. Kaloustian's designs have numerous "Best of Neocon" Gold and Silver awards attached to them, with pieces for Bernhardt Design, Coalesse, and Harter. His product and furniture designs have also obtained many design and utility patents.

In addition to CCS, Kaloustian has guest lectured at numerous design and interior design related venues, including, Cranbrook Academy of Arts and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has displayed pieces in the annual Detroit Artist Market Design Show. Kaloustian was also the guest speaker at Creative Mornings, January 2013, hosted by the Detroit Creative Corridor.

Outside of work and the classroom, Kaloustian has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, the South Pacific and the former Soviet Union broadening his appreciation for art, architecture and design. He also enjoys photography, historic architectural preservation and collecting mid-century modern furniture.