Koz Susani Design Brings Internationally Renowned Italian Style to The States

Utilizing their cutting edge and visionary design perspective, internationally renowned Italian designers Marco Susani and Defne Koz of Koz Susani Design produce some of the world’s most iconic, emotionally engaging, original products and experiences not only for use today but also for the future.
Starting with a cultural exploration of a product or a service, Koz Susani Design develops their designs as complete experiences. Marco and Defne work from concept to implementation on projects, merging their Italian and Turkish design expertise and vision to a variety of projects. Their industrial design products include — furniture, tableware, kitchenware, lighting systems, bath fixtures and tiles; technology; packaging design; interaction/process design; interior design; and craft/jewelry design.
Marco’s main interest is in combining high-tech innovation with emotional design, and using his design vision to drive towards a more human future. “I really enjoy creating big picture designs while still paying close attention to the detail and focusing on enhancing the user’s experience while elevating aesthetic quality,” explained Marco. He started his career in Italy with design guru Ettore Sottsass, at Olivetti, Sottsass Associati, and Domus Academy. Later, in the U.S., he created the Motorola Advanced Concept Group, and served as Motorola's Global Vice President of Digital Design. Marco is credited with pioneering design innovation in fields like interaction and strategic design and design of materials.
Defne’s idea of design is influenced by three things: her training in Ettore Sottsass' studio in Italy, the combination of her Turkish and Italian cultures, and her curiosity for different product types. “Products and services require more than just a redesign or an incremental evolution, they need to adapt to new individual, social behavior, express new values and propose new aesthetic languages,” said Defne. “The products, and the companies that produce them, need vision, a new type of faith in progress and that’s what we provide at Koz Susani Design.” She has designed best-selling products for various Italian design companies, including Alessi, Fontana Arte and OmniDecor; and she pioneered design in Turkey with products for Delta, Gaia&Gino, Megaron and VitrA.

Koz Susani Design has won numerous awards, including the 2012 RedDot Award for their VitrA 4D tile collection; 2012 Elle Décor International Design Award for Best Furniture Design for their Spessore table; the 2011 IDA Award for their Curva Sofa.

Founded in 2010 by Defne Koz and Marco Susani, Koz Susani Design is an international design studio based in Chicago that designs and develops iconic, emotionally engaging, innovative products and experiences that draw on the firm’s Italian design background. The studio’s projects include industrial design; technology; packaging design; interaction/process design; interior design; and craft/jewelry design. The designers have worked for many high profile companies, such as: Apple, 3M, Barilla, Casio, Fontana Arte, Mitsubishi, Motorola, Nestle, Nissan, Panasonic, Philips, Pirelli, Seiko, Swarovski, Unilever and VitrA.

For more information, visit: www.kozsusanidesign.com

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