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Michelle Kliman


Michelle is a Chicago-based Designer, Maker, and Artist with a decade of experience in the product design industry. After designing for companies such as Martha Stewart Living, TAG Ltd., and Walgreens, she launched MK Surface —which combines her love of pattern and color and her passion for making— to create surface designs that inspire, transform, and spread joy. You can see Michelle’s fresh and fun designs on home décor textiles and ceramics, paper products and stationery, craft fabrics, and more.

Michelle received a BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Textiles from the Royal College of Art in London. She has been able to combine her passion for form with her love of surface to build a stronger, more rounded design approach with the ability to work across disciplines and design for many sides of the industry.

She is always looking at nature, architecture, light, outer space, fashion, people, objects, materials, surfaces, textures, and colors. Michelle has traveled around the world and has found inspiration in the amazing things she has seen and people she has met — and she brings all of that inspiration, passion, and knowledge to every project.


Instagram: @hellomksurface

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