Milo Kleinberg is MKDA’s founder and principal emeritus. He provides mentorship and direction to the firm’s junior staff.
Milo and his family emigrated from Vienna in 1939 before World War II. After settling in Brooklyn, he sold handkerchiefs on street corners to help his family make ends meet. As a young man, he became the sole associate for a New York architect, where he learned his highly regarded design and drafting skills.
When he founded MKDA in 1959, Milo set out to establish an innovative interior design firm that would marry European sophistication with American utility, a unique approach that came from his experience living in both Vienna and Brooklyn.
Before long, MKDA was a leading New York design firm. Milo designed showrooms for fashion brands such as Gloria Vanderbilt, Jonathan Logan, Bobby Brooke, Murjani and Ellen Tracy, as well as offices for Lufthansa, Mercury Records, Sterling National Bank, and other leading brands.
Milo innovated the concept of integrated design services with project management. He was the first to work with real estate brokers, marrying the concepts of owners’ rep and project management to offer construction management, interior design, furniture procurement and move in all in one package.
His work has been featured in The New York Times and Contract, as well as countless design and real estate publications.
Milo graduated with honors from Manhattan’s School of Industrial Arts in 1947. He went on to receive an honorary Master of Fine Arts in Architecture degree from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Israel. He is one of a select group of people involved in helping create SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY and provided pro bono work to redesign Riverdale Jewish Center. He is a proud philanthropist and accomplished painter and renderer.