we craft experiences
that engage the
senses and capture
MK Studio is an Placemaking and Experience Design studio that specializes in the built environment —creating interactive spaces, inspiring events, signature moments, engaging programming, and playful products that take you offline and into the physical world where we all live.
Going beyond the data and research, we deliver tangible solutions by capturing your organization's essence and bringing it to life. We engage people's imaginations and curiosity by producing shareable moments and creating lasting memories.
we live at the
We love meeting new people, and we can’t wait to get to know you! First, we’ll sit down with you to learn about your organization and your audience. We’ll then work with you to uncover your challenges and aspirations and define your goals. This could be as simple as an informal brainstorming session or a more in-depth strategy workshop. We’ll work to understand your market in order to gather insights and identify exciting opportunities so that we can deliver to you a unique solution.
We love working with our hands and getting dirty! During the Design phase, we’ll use all the tools at our disposal to refine the ‘big idea’ and build it into a complete design plan. We will flesh out the details through mockups and prototypes, renderings and plans, and material exploration and selection to deliver a high-resolution design.
Mockups + Renderings
Plans + Drawings
We’ll delve deeper into the insights gleaned from the Discovery phase and translate our findings into big ideas, which get to the heart of your vision. This output could take the form of moodboards, drawings, material palettes, etc. —whatever it takes to get us on the same page! At the end of this phase, we’ll all have a clear direction for where we are heading.
Design + Trend research
Rough concept design
Let’s get physical! In this phase, we will bring the 'big idea' to life and make sure it comes together exactly how we envisioned it. To ensure quality and continuity throughout the project, we will take care of the material and fixture sourcing, custom fabrication, on-site installation, and project management.
Michelle has combined her passions for form, surface, and space to build a strong, well-rounded design approach which allows her to deftly work across disciplines. Her core focus is on creating interactive environments that connect people and inspire a more hands-on experience of the physical world. Combining her love of materials and color, her wide knowledge of fabrication techniques, and her passion for making, Michelle strives to create spaces that engage all of the senses.
Prior to founding MK Studio, Michelle worked in New York and Chicago as a spatial designer, event and exhibition designer, and product and surface designer. She brings over 10 years of experience and expertise to every project she takes on. Michelle has a BFA in Furniture Design from Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Textiles from the Royal College of Art.
With over 10 years of experience in business operations management, Michael brings a big-picture perspective to the team while not losing sight of the details. On external projects, his knack for creative problem solving and project management are leveraged by the design team. Internally, Michael manages business development and marketing efforts and leads overall strategy for the company.
Prior to joining MK Studio, Michael led projects and operations within the insurance, publishing, and direct marketing industries. Working at MK Studio has provided an outlet for him to explore his connection to design, community, and the built environment.