Knezo Design Studio is a multidisciplinary design office located in New York with a focus on interior, product, and graphic design, as well as artistic endeavors. KDS believes that through the process of designing a system instead of merely an object, stronger, stimulating, and aesthetically pleasing results can be accomplished. Each project's design begins with a distinct system, which can then be customized and added upon to adapt to the goals of the project, while leaving room for further investigation at a later time. With a system of design, an individual piece can be uniquely enjoyed on a personal level, an entire line of products can be updated year to year, and entire projects can be overhauled while adhering to a strong concept.
2014 着物 × きもの × KIMONO, Dare to Dream Design Award | Finalist | drift
2013 CURTAINS, Center for American Architecture and Design | Finalist | sora no kicho
2012 31st SD Review | Finalist | dolphin house
2012 MOT Bloomberg Pavilion Competition | Award of Excellence | mildendo
2012 Tokyo Designers Week 2012 Able Space Competition | Grand Prix | barcode room
2009 Shanley Prize in Architecture | Finalist
2014 Tokyo Designers Week | Tokyo, Japan | drift
2013 Tokyo Designers Week | Tokyo, Japan | slack circuit
2013 CURTAINS - UT Austin School of Architecture | Austin, Texas | sora no kicho
2012 31st SD Review | Tokyo, Japan | dolphin house
2012 Museum of Contemporary Art | Tokyo , Japan | mildendo
2012 Tokyo Designers Week | Tokyo, Japan | barcode room
2012 ART Kameyama | Kameyama, Japan | kumiki
Alex Knezo holds a BSE in Civil Engineering with Architectural Focus from Princeton University. In 2009, he relocated to Tokyo, Japan where he found the juxtaposition of design aesthetics, spatial limitations, and strong cultural traditions to celebrate utilitarian and minimalistic elements as well as focus on the future of design.
Alex’s design career began at Pritzker Prize winning Shigeru Ban Architects in Tokyo followed by Steven Holl Architects in New York City. Upon relocation to Tokyo, he joined Noiz Architects where he worked on various parametrically designed architectural and installation projects, as well as taught at the University of Tokyo’s Department of Architecture during their Digital Tea House workshop with Columbia University’s GSAPP. In 2012, Knezo partnered with Akinori Hamada to create studio_01, and in 2014 established Knezo Design Studio both of which have focused on interior, product, and graphic design. In 2016, he returned to the US to join Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York.
2016 Diller Scofidio + Renfro
2014 Established Knezo Design Studio
2012 Established studio_01 with Akinori Hamada
2009 Noiz Architects
2009 BSE Civil Engineering, Princeton University
2008 Steven Holl Architects
2007 Shigeru Ban Architects
1987 Born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA