Defne Koz is an industrial designer, born in Turkey and raised professionally in Italy. Her idea of design is influenced by her training in Ettore Sottsasss studio in Milan, by the combination of her Turkish and Italian cultures 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 is partner of Koz Susani Design, 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.
She is a 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. Ms. Koz believes that design innovation can revolutionize components that are apparently small and irrelevant, but actually contribute largely to the success of a product.