Her work has won many awards and has been included in ID Magazine’s Annual Design Review Awards, the International Design Yearbook, Newsweek’s ‘Design Dozen 2006’ and, Wallpaper’s Best of 2009. Her “North South Project” was awarded an ICFF Editors Award at New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair in May 2006.
With the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Designworks Centre, she received a Skoll Foundation research grant to develop a transferable business model that harnesses the skills of artisan producers and creates new ways for regional groups to act as single powerful exporters to international markets.
Currently Johnson is working on projects in the Caribbean, in Guyana, South America and on the West Coast of Canada with First Nations Communities. Her new collection for Mabeo Furniture won the Editor’s Award for Craftsmanship at the 2008 International Contemporary Furniture and she launched a new collection of furniture and products – Love, Freedom, Flow: New Caribbean Design – at the ICFF 2010.
Johnson has lectured widely in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America and India. She holds an MA Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, United Kingdom.