As a student at Pratt Institute in New York, where he grew up, Michael Wolk’s intense design focus and burgeoning talent attracted John Lennon and Yoko Ono, who hired him to design their Joko Recording Studio…..his first professional commission.
After graduating from Pratt, Wolk was invited to Miami to explore a variety of professional design opportunities. His classic, modernist approach melded perfectly with the needs of both residential and hospitality clients there….. and Michael Wolk Design Associates was established. The firm’s more prestigious clients have included The Related Group, Dezer/Trump Developers, Burger King, Lionstone Development Corporation, Goldman Properties, MIA Shoes……plus numerous private clients. The firm’s acclaimed style and versatility have resulted in clients who return frequently with new projects.
Equally well-known for his furniture and furnishings designs, Wolk creates collections for a select group of the country’s leading residential and contract furniture companies. Many of his designs are now regarded as enduring classics. Among the manufacturers of current Wolk-designed collections are Brueton, Directional, DARRAN, Loewenstein, R. Jones, David Edward, DIA, Campbell Contract, American Leather, Della Robbia, Cabot Wren, Tomlinson, and Johnston Casuals, as well as lighting for Ilex and Boyd.
Throughout, Michael Wolk has maintained an abiding interest in creating one-of-a-kind art furniture and wall art. His art furniture has had repeated gallery showings and his wall art includes collections that he has designed for Rosenbaum Fine Art. One of which was picked up by Crate and Barrel.
Michael Wolk is the recipient of frequent accolades for his work, including Best of Neocon, AIA Interior Designer of the Year, ASFD Pinnacle Awards, the DCOTA Stars of Design Award for Best Product Designer, grand prizes in many Florida Style Furniture Design Competitions, the American Corporate Identity Award for Excellence, numerous Sandi Awards from IIDA and Sophie awards from NEWH.
The firm’s interiors and product designs are regularly published in top publications in the US and internationally.