Joe Munson is the rare artist who brings to every project a perfect blend of daring design, mechanical ingenuity and finely finished fabrication – from lustrous aluminum furniture to spectacular transforming glass walls. Part artist and part engineer, Munson is known for his minimalistic aesthetic and intensive, perfectionistic approach to craftsmanship. Using the most durable mediums, Munson’s designs are built to last.

“Our studio produces functional art pieces. Every detail must be precisely choreographed into a beautiful form to fully define a physical space.”

-Joe Munson

Playing Against Type

Joe Munson’s prototype furniture and craftwork defies mass-market demand and invites attention from an audience informed by design. A scarlet carpet cuts across the sidewalk at 1803 Wyandotte and leads guests into the first floor of W Lofts, where furniture designer and fabricator Joe Munson hosts what he has named, “Prototype2.” The private exhibition, held March 2013, displays ten original works by Munson, road-trip inspired photography by Bob Greenspan and a sleek drink cart designed by Chris Fein of Forward Design | Architecture…

Creative Evolution

Born in Kansas City, Mo., Munson was raised with an intensive Midwest work ethic. His aesthetic point-of-view was greatly influenced while attending The American Academy in London and traveling throughout Europe. In NYC, Munson’s design and fabrication work transformed a broad spectrum of Manhattan real estate, including work stations for Weiden & Kennedy Advertising, high-end displays for the flagship Swatch Store, fixtures for the Wolff Shoe showroom, and interiors for New York’s chic bars and restaurants, including the Sapphire Lounge. He has collaborated on diverse projects with renowned design teams across the country, from Gluckman Mayner Architects in New York to Exhibit group Giltspur in Dallas where he led the company’s design and installation of retail kiosks for the nationwide rollout of LEGO stores.

Visionary Artisan

In 2006, Munson returned to his Midwest roots and opened Sukhoi, a design firm in Kansas City’s Creative Crossroads District. Sukhoi was recognized internationally for its sleek, award-winning Series One furniture line. In 2009, Joe launched Joe Munson Studios to focus on custom pieces for corporate, cultural, commercial and residential environments. Munson currently also serves as a guest lecturer on furniture design at Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning and Development.