After earning her Master’s in Product Design at Domus Academy, Defne Koz went on to train and work alongside Ettore Sottsass in Milan during the 1990s.
Defne Koz designed products for worldwide known, design oriented companies in different sectors: Furniture, Lighting, Tableware, Household, Sanitary fixtures, Fashion Accessories, Branding Consulting and Art Direction.
Recent clients include: Panasonic, Nestlé, Unilever – Lipton, Alessi, Foscarini, Leucos, FontanaArte, Sharp, Mobileffe, Liv’it, Pirelli, Cappellini, Slide, Durst, Egizia, Rapsel, Merati, Guzzini, WMF, VitrA, Authentics, Nissan, Casio, Gaia&Gino, MPD, OmniDecor, 888, Tuna, Megaron, Alparda, Nurus, Hamam, Delta, Arcelik, Sisecam…
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 like digital audio systems to rediscovering the tradition of hand-made ceramics. Common to all her projects are her distinctive design language and the research on the sensorial qualities of materials.
Her designs have been exhibited at Triennale di Milano, Galleria Jannone, Galleria Posteria, Spazio Mudima, Ideabooks, Galleria Post Design, Spazio Vigentina in Milan, Biennale del Vetro Venezia, IDYB 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 Genoa.
She held seminars at UIC Chicago, Domus Academy, Milano; Fukui Prefecture, Japan; Architectural Association, London; Bilgi University, Istanbul; Centro Borges, Buenos Aires, Design Week Belgrade, Design Week Istanbul.
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