Michelle Ivankovic was born in Toronto, Canada, where she also grew up. In 1998, she graduated at the top of her class from Ontario College of Art and Design's Industrial Design program. Out of design school, she worked as a fine woodworker, making furniture, and then went on to work at Umbra as a creative visionary, responsible for the pioneering art direction and cohesive product language of Umbra's U+ Collection. She currently works out of her studio in Amsterdam. She states "My designs are a reflection through visual communication on the findings of my studies and contemplation of people, society and culture. I strive for social and ecological responsibility. In my creation of forms, ideas, functions and images I aim to understand the end user without judgment."