About

Founded in 2009, HOK Product Design®, LLC is an independent business that engages designers who use design thinking to create innovative products for the built environment.

HOK Product Design harnesses the entrepreneurial culture embedded within HOK and other product and design firms to advance design ideas and to provide creative responses to the needs of new and existing clients.

HOK Product Design has the unique ability to draw on the knowledge, research and evidence-based data available within HOK as well as the firm’s leadership in strategic planning, workplace consulting and sustainable design. We identify opportunities in the market and provides value to clients through innovative, cost effective, sustainable solutions.

Our company partners with manufacturers to develop new ideas that enhance their portfolios while strengthening their market presence. Our manufacturing partners then license and sell these new products in distinct market sectors. To date, we have launched more than 35 products and are in development for 30 more ideas within the healthcare, lighting, urban planning, furniture and finishes, fire and life safety, and sustainable design sectors.

HOK Product Design has received three design patents, three utility patents and has two patents pending.  Trademarked names include Eco-System and Freno Rain Garden. Our firm has received the prestigious Best of Neocon Gold, Silver, Innovation and Editor’s Choice Awards for four products. Our work has been profiled in Interiors & Sources, Architect, Fast Company Design, Contract, Architectural Products, Landscape Architecture, OfficeInsight, Form and Healthcare Design.

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Susan Grossinger is the director of HOK Product DesignSusan has been with HOK for 22 years and was formerly director of interior design for the Los Angeles practice. HOK Product Design is an independent business that pairs the market experts within HOK with world-class industrial design to create innovative products for the built environment. Please contact her at susan.grossinger@hok.com with your ideas – and never doubt the power of design thinking.

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Matthew Hern recently joined HOK Product Design as the team’s new creative director. Matt has worked in top design consulting firms including IDEO, Pentagram and BMW Group’s Designworks. As an experienced design leader, some of his projects include furniture systems, medical equipment and transportation design. Matt will help leverage client relationships, maintain design quality and lead product development.

 

AWARDS + PATENTS

2016
Reflect
Interior Design Best of Year Award

Clubhouse and Reflect
Good Design Award for Furniture

Traverse Tables
Architectural Record Magazine – Products of the Year Award
Design Patents in USA, EU, China, Japan

IRYS
Red Dot Award - Product Design Category

Panelized Shadow Box
Patent No. 14/997,813
Patent No. 9,243,442

2015 
Traverse Tables
Best of NeoCon 2015 – Gold Award
Conference Room Furniture
Metropolis Likes

2014
Acrovyn by Design
Architectural Products Magazine - Most Innovative Products
CONTRACT Magazine – Nightingale Award Silver -
Surfacing Materials Category

Freno
Patent No. 8,834,066 B2

High Profile
Architectural Products Magazine – Most Innovative Products
Architectural Record Magazine– Record Products Distinction

HS-Series
Architectural Products Magazine – Most Innovative Products

Nest
Interior Design Best of Year

SHEER
Architectural Products Magazine – Most Innovative Products
Architectural Record Magazine – Record Products Distinction
Hip at NeoCon – Tech Friendly Honoree
Patent No. D693,045 

Valetudo Upholstery
Interior Design Best of Year

2013
Full Circle
SNAP Magazine - “SNAPPY AWARD”

High Profile Baffle
International Design Awards – Gold Award for Product Design –
Transportation Category

Victor2
Patent No. D680,702S

2012
Full Circle
Architectural Record  Magazine – Record Product Distinction

Gather
Interiors & Sources Magazine – Reader’s Choice Award – Best Table

Vivendi Carpet
Best of NeoCon 2012 – Gold Award – Healthcare Flooring

2011
Balance Beam
Best of NeoCon 2011 – Silver Award – Healthcare Products Category
Best of NeoCon 2011 – Innovation Award
Patent No. 8,210,705

Freno
Patent No. 8,157,991
Patent No. 13,447,733
Patent No. 8,596,909

Gather
BUILDINGS Magazine – Product Innovation Award
Best of NeoCon 2011 – Silver Award – People’s Choice
Best of NeoCon 2011 – Silver Award – Education Category
Best of NeoCon 2011 – Silver Award – Sofas & Lounge Category
Best of NeoCon 2011 – Editor’s Choice Award
Interiors & Sources magazine – Reader’s Choice Award – Best Seating

Valetudo
Best of NeoCon 2011 – Silver Award – Healthcare Fabrics & Textiles

Vivendi Hardsurface Flooring
Best of NeoCon 2011 – Gold Award – Healthcare Flooring Category
CONTRACT Magazine – Nightingale Award Honorable Mention 

2010
Balance Beam
Healthcare Design Magazine - Most Innovative Product Designers and Products Annual Showcase