Defne Koz is co-founder and partner of Koz Susani Design, an award winner, innovative studio based
in Chicago, with Marco Susani, where she designs iconic, emotionally engaging, innovative award
winning products and experiences.
Their designs span from domestic objects to high-tech devices, from hi-touch materials to interaction
design, from luxury crafts to mass-manufactured products, always focusing on hi-quality design that
embraces vision and innovation while preserving human, emotional qualities.
The studio’s internationally acclaimed clients include Alessi, Allstate, Arcelik, Avsar, Bernhardt,
Burotime, Crate & Barrel, Derin, Delta, Dove/Unilever, Egizia, FontanaArte, Foscarini, Gaia&Gino,
Leucos, Lipton/Unilever, MPD, Mitterteich 1400º, Megaron, Merati, Nissan, Nestle, Nude, Nurus,
OmniDecor, Panasonic, Pirelli, Rapsel, Samet, Swarovski, Swissotel, TunaOffice, Verreum, Vitra,
Defne Koz was born in Turkey and raised professionally in Italy,
After having studied at Domus Academy – Milan, her idea of design is influenced by her training in
Ettore Sottsass’ studio by the combination of her Turkish and Italian culture and by her curiosity for
very different product types.
Her interests span from humanizing new technologies to rediscovering the tradition of hand made
products. Common to all her projects are her distinctive design language and the research on the
sensorial qualities of materials.
She was awarded “Designer of the Year, 2013” by Elle Deco International Design Awards
in Turkey. Her designs were awarded with ‘Gold Award’ by Neocon 2016, IF Design 2015, 2014; IDA
Bronze Award 2014, RedDot Design Award 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, and 2006, by Innovation
Design Award 2013 German Design Council, by Elle Décor Award in 2015, 2012, 2011 by IDA Bronze
Award in 2011, by ID Design Magazine as “Best in Category” Prize in 2001, by Good Design Award,
Chicago in 2002 and 2013 and her products were nominated for the ADI Index Compasso d’Oro in
2002 and in 2016, and were selected several times as ‘Best of the Category by EDIDA International
Awards and Design Turkey Awards.
For three years she has been member of the board of the Art and Design Advisory Board of AkBank
and was member of the Board of the Istanbul Design Biennale 2012.
IMM KoelnMesse invited her to be a Trend Board Member for 2011 and to design the exhibition
“Surprising Empathy” during the Koeln Furniture Fair.
Her designs have been exhibited at galleries and museums; Triennale di Milano, Galleria Jannone,
Galleria Posteria, Spazio Mudima, Idea books, Galleria Post Design, Spazio Vigentina in Milan,
Biennale del Vetro Venezia, IOYB Koeln, Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf, Ubersee Museum Bremen,
MARTa Herford, Ozone Gallery Tokyo, Les Atelier Gallery Paris, Abitare il Tempo Verona, Museo di
Pietrarsa Napoli, Design Week Belgrade, Design Week Istanbul, MeDesign Genova.
She held numerous seminars and conferences among them UIC Chicago; Domus Academy Milano;
AllDesign, Istanbul; Fukui Prefecture Japan; Architectural Association London; Bilgi University Istanbul;
Centro Borges Buenos Aires; Design Week Belgrade Design Week.