Beauty, Brains, Brawn and Beyond designedCOLLECTIVE 2012

LOCZIdesign is proud to present on October 24, 2012 a panel of distinguished women designing a better world - The designedCOLLECTIVE is a group of talented: interior designers, architects, furniture makers, industrial designers, landscape architects, contractors, musicians, painters and activists — deeply skillful, motivated and evolved people doing good work. Our salon-style benefit celebrates artistry and humanity by the exchanging ideas, music, and food for thought!

BEAUTY — Laura Guido-Clark is a designer whose passion is to make the human response to products more meaningful through color, material, finish and pattern. Through her trademarked process, Climatology, she researches and tracks relevant changes on the social, political, economic and emotional fronts. She distills these collective traces of the consumer consciousness into a thesis about their needs and unfulfilled desires – figuring out what people really want and why, often before they even know it themselves. Her multiple disciplinary design studio located in Berkeley, CA collaborates with companies like Kodak, HP, LG and Toyota - as well as start-ups across industries such as automotive, consumer electronics, and home furnishings. Her textile and pattern design include work for HBF, Pallas, FLOR and Uncommon. As a result of her expertise, Laura has been invited to speak both nationally and internationally on design, and was an expert design blogger for Fast Company magazine. Click here, to read more about her non-profit Project Color Corps featured on our blog.

BRAINS — Dorka Keehn is an award winning conceptual artist and social entrepreneur exploring the power of the individual to effect change, with a focus on promoting women’s leadership. As the Chief Muse of KEEHN ON ART, she works in diverse mediums including radio, film, and sculpture. Her recent projects include ECO AMAZONS: 20 Women Who Are Transforming the World, the first book on American women environmentalists, and Language of the Birds, the first solar powered public sculpture, voted one of the best public artworks in the U.S. by Americans for the Arts. A leader in the women’s movement, she is a founder of EMERGE AMERICA, the premier training program for Democratic women who plan to run for political office, and of IGNITE, which provides political and civic education for high school and college young women.

BRAWN — all three women, of course!

Beyond — Katie Meyler has been called, “The most passionate person we’ve ever met!” by Bono’s ONE Campaign, a “Social Media Role-Model” at a United Nations conference on technology. She’s been named “Outstanding Woman of the Year” by the NJ Commission on the Status of Women, honored by the Boy Scouts of America at their annual luncheon for her extraordinary work, and most recently won NJ Seeds of Hope recognizing her as a NJ state hero. In 2009 she founded More Than Me, an organization that helps young girls vulnerable to child prostitution get off the streets and into schools in one of the most dangerous slums in the world in Liberia, West Africa.  More Than Me has plans to start their own school in Liberia — The More than Me Girls’ Academy, a run-down building donated by the Liberian Government that will be refurbished and transformed into a flourishing place for their girls to be educated. Check Katie's interview with LOCZIdesign,here to learn more about her organization.

This year's designedCOLLECTIVE is a benefit sponsored by San Francisco MagazineLioco WineryUltimat VodkaStarwood Hotels and ResortsACRE GourmetPalace Hotel, and The Westin St Francis.  Hosted by Funny or Die'sErin Gibson, and with D.J. Loczi spinning on the one's and two's!


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