Joe Munson portrait artist designer fabricator

Joe Munson


“Joe is the only designer I know who can take a big idea and create it into something even better than you could have imagined.”

– Client Amanda Garbach of Gould Evans Architecture

KC Magazine Article featuring Joe Munson Studios
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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,” says Munson. “Every detail must be precisely choreographed into a beautiful form to fully define a physical space.”


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 1995, Munson pursued his creative aspirations and moved to New York City where he founded Fabrikom, a custom design and fabrication firm in SoHo.  In NYC, Munson’s design and fabrication work transformed a broad spectrum of Manhattan real estate, including workstations 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 Exhibitgroup Giltspur in Dallas where he led the company’s design and installation of retail kiosks for the nationwide rollout of LEGO stores.


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.


“Joe has the ability to address quality, design and functionality with ease. He cares about every detail of the project and the process. For our projects, there is no one else in the KC area with his skill set and overall passion to create aesthetic, custom work.”
– Client Sarah Hopkins

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