Makers & Artisans Featured at LOCZIdesign Holiday Party & Bazaar

Makers & Artisans Featured at LOCZIdesign Holiday Party & Bazaar

Wine tasting, art & adornment for you, your home and your friends at LOCZIdesign's 2017 Holiday Party & Bazaar Dec 7th 6-9pm! Learn more about the featured artisans of this year's Bazaar and be sure to RSVP if you are in the San Francisco Bay area. 

Holiday party & gift Bazaar

Holiday party & gift Bazaar

Take a look at our recent holiday collective + bazaar showcasing an array of designers, artists and members of the designedCOLLECTIVE  — check out the evening’s affairs here.

Seeing Sound Through Cymatics

Cymatics is the study of sound made visible, the word deriving from the Greek 'kyma', meaning 'wave'. It is an emergent science that is utterly fascinating and exciting, involving water being imprinted by sound, as if by magic, into beautiful patterns and forms. Once seen, it is never forgotten.

designedCOLLECTIVE 2012 — A Success Beyond Measure

This was one of those times when saying, "you had to be there" rings true: Our Third Annual designedCOLLECTIVE was not

just a monetary success, having raised over $2,000 for three of the philanthropic organizations founded by the panelists, it represented a beautiful blend of some of the most innovative, conscious and creative Bay Area visionaries to come together at one time—a success beyond measure. The evening, "BEAUTY, BRAINS, BRAWN, and Beyond", was hosted by Funny or Die's Erin Gibson and featured a panel discussion lead by Paige Loczi with Katie Meyler of More Than Me Foundation, Dorka Keehn of Ignite, and Laura Guido-Clark of Project Color Corps.

Several blocks from the event venue, the San Francisco Giants were hosting the Detroit Tigers in game one of the World Series, and yet over 100 people attended the 2012designedCOLLECTIVE, bringing

both personal style and grace to make it a high celebration of human talent and contribution. Panelists were open about their experiences and mindful in the way they expressed how design can be used to move individuals to achieve. Ms. Guido-Clark, for example, related how one student at E.C. Reems Academy said the color orange is inspiring because 'It makes me feel like they had breakfast in the morning."

Elsewhere on the design front, the equally gifted violinist Emily Palen entertained early guests of "BEAUTY, BRAINS, BRAWN, and Beyond" with—in her words, "music as information, an instrument of transmutation, an architect of new frequencies and structures."

The event could not have been possible without the expertise and contributions from Jacqueline Stolte, and our friends at Partners and Sutro who offered

their beautiful space, prompting many who attended to say they wished to rent out the impeccably decorated space for their own private parties. Later in the evening, guests grooved to music from the brother of Paige Loczi, world renowned producer, DJ Loczi, while while also snacking on the treats donated by ACRE Gourmet, LIOCO wines and Ultimat Vodka.

Legendary ecological architect Dave Deppen, a longtime designedCOLLECTIVE supporter and previous guest speaker, was among those who attended, as were San Francisco Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Jon Steinberg and his wife Alexis Collentine. Eco-shoe designer Deirdre Wallace of deeFIND had the to say of her experience:

"I was moved and honored to be a part of so many progressive people in our community. Every exchange, whether between panelists or with the people I met that night, seemed to be planting seeds for projects well worth following up on. I'm very impressed by what was actually taking place at the designedCOLLECTIVE, it was more than just a shindig for beautiful designers."

The mission of designedCOLLECTIVE is to provide our community the opportunity to exchange ideas and inspire ownership in a collective, creative process, and is a hallmark value of LOCZIdesign. Design is about creating beautiful spaces that balance and inspire, and it is also about designing the outside world, being a part of something that's bigger than our sofas, our homes and our lives.

Care to learn more about our collective and our work? Visit us at
Take a look at our video and for a complete photo gallery of the recent and past designedCOLLECTIVE events, please see the great work of our friend Tim Williamson of TDWMedia.

Extra special thanks go to this year’s designedCOLLECTIVE sponsors San Francisco Magazine, LIOCO Wine, Ultimat Vodka, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, ACRE Gourmet, Palace Hotel, and The Westin St Francis, our host of Funny or Die’s, Erin Gibson, and D.J. Loczi, Emily Palen, and Partners and Sutro!

Changing the Face of Politics and Designing a Better World Through Intention

We’re taking a moment to celebrate history in light of "BEAUTY BRAINS BRAWN and Beyond." January 2013 will mark a monumental time in history when 20 women will hold seats in the U.S. Senate. Although our political institutions are still overwhelmingly male-dominated, this is a huge step in the right direction and a revolutionary moment for all people. We as male and female designers know that keeping balance is the key to inspiration and innovation for the common good.

This year's Clinton's Global Annual Initiative theme: "Designing For Impact," explored how the Initiative community can utilize their abundance of global capacity to invent better tools, build more effective interventions, and work creatively and collaboratively to design a future worth pursuing. Inspired by their theme, designedCOLLECTIVE panelists also spoke to the impact of design and their role of intention:

"It was always our intent to change the face of politics. But the idea wasn't only to change the face of politics and help women come into power, it was really about changing how we do business in this country. Because unless we have everyone at the table, we’re not coming up with the solutions we really need. If we don’t have all the great brains—that is men, women, people of color—together coming up with a solution, we're not going to make it. And it's not [just] the planet, it's humanity," Dorka Keehn of Emerge America and Ignite explained.

Emerge America identifies, trains and encourages women to run for office, get elected and to seek higher office. They currently run their programs in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin. Ignite however, much like Emerge also serves women yet focuses on those between the ages of 14-22 in lower income communities.

Studies have shown that women just don’t run for office at the same rates as men—despite competence levels. And why aren't women running as often? Because most women aren't encouraged to.

"Our model brings the program to any community that wants it, then within that community, builds a cadre of young women who first become civically engaged, then become civic leaders, and ultimately pursue elective office,” Anne Moss, founder of Ignite said.

To hear more about Emerge and listen to what Dorka had to say during the designedCOLLECTIVE, click here:

More Than Me, Katie Meyler's brainchild, also focuses on little girls and takes them off of the street in Liberia, West Africa and into school. They provide tuition, school supplies and uniforms for their students—creating a strong foundation of empowerment for growth.

"I grew up really poor... but there were always people who loved me and believed in me. Because people believed in me, I wanted to pay it forward and believe in others. When I’m with the girls I’m intentional about showing them that they have a purpose, that they are loved and that they are beautiful," Katie said during the discussion.

According to More Than Me, when a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children. An extra year of primary school boosts girls' eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent. When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man. When we invest in girls — we all win. Our communities are stronger. Our families are healthier. -And, our collective future is brighter.

Katie's passion for service is evident from our designedCOLLECTIVE conversation. Click here to see her speak:

Intention and service emerged as predominant themes during this year's designedCOLLECTIVE.

"The intention for the kids was for them to feel their beauty and power." That's Laura Guido-Clark, founder of Project Color Corps. "The intention was to [create value]. When you come from a sense of lack and you don’t have something that mirrors who you are on the inside, [We wanted] to create the beauty that I saw in each and everyone of them—externally. We call it Optical Optimism!"

Laura is referring to the students at E.C. Reems academy—one of the projects that has transformed the life of young children through color. Using color as a change agent is their motto. Project Color Corps passionately committed to its first large-scale pilot project at the E.C. Reems Academy of Technology and Arts in Oakland, CA where they painted the school’s exterior with a color palette and pattern, creating a hopeful environment that reflects the unique voice of the school community. Laura's message is clearly and passionately displayed during our discussion:

-And that's how it comes full circle, because everyone has worth. Each woman and their organizations focus on the story of each child or emerging woman. All of their stories are told through different vehicles of intention and expression. Education, empowerment and color are all agents of change. When you come from a home, a school, or a room that is designed with intention and love, you embody love. When you have a workplace that represents you both through spirit and demographic, you thrive. Within the right environment we can come up with ideas and innovative solutions that make this nation and world a magnificent place to live.

Madeline Kunin, former Governor and US Ambassador said that "while pessimists are usually right, it's optimists that change the world!"- With Optical Optimisim we can start a revolution of ideas and spread beauty wherever we go. After all, it's up to us to design a world in which we want to live.



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!


For event details and to stay in touch, RSVP by entering your e-mail below — you won't want to miss this star-studded event! 

Power to the People — for Real

Let me introduce you to our friends at ALL Power Labs. They are considered the new global leader in small-scale gasification. What is Gasification? Allow me to explain. Gasification is a renewable and sustainable energy source. It is a process that converts organic or fossil based materials (aka, wood chips, coconut shells, or any organic matter with carbon compounds) into carbon monoxide, hydrogen and carbon dioxide. When these materials react at high temperatures (greater than 700 °C/1292 °F) in a controlled environment with oxygen and/or steam; the mixture creates what is called Syngas (synthetic gas) which itself is a fuel.

The GEK Power

Wow, so by building off of the technologies of others and working in an open-source environment, the possibilities are endless.

It really does takes a village!

Looking Out for "More Than Me"

Altruism, loosely defined as being selfless, is seen as demonstrating prosocial behaviors like offering, comforting, sharing, philanthropy, and community service. It is a virtue in many cultures, seen as a core aspect of various traditions from across the globe, and something we here at LOCZIdesign admire.

I spoke with Katie Meyler, founder of More Than Me on the phone Wednesday afternoon during their Match Day. More Than Me is a non-profit dedicated to removing little girls from the streets of Liberia, and into school, providing tuition, lunches and moral support. This vibrant organization works closely with community leaders in West Point Liberia to soundly determine which young girls are at the most at risk of sexual exploitation. Katie was kind enough to let me have a candid interview with her:

The foundation began in 2007, I believe? My understanding it that it sort of naturally began in Liberia after the war. Could you touch more on that and how you ended up there?

“I ended up in Liberia in 2006. I got my first job with Samaritan’s Purse after college and they sent me to Liberia. I knew nothing about all the complexities of post war Liberia — I thought I would be in the Middle East somewhere. Liberia has a very rich and interesting history, so I just took the plunge. Though the war was officially over in 2003, when I showed up I still saw a lot of displaced adults and children throughout Monrovia. There were people with missing limbs wondering the streets — it was a mess. I was running a literacy program in the bush. So I would come to the city to get supplies and would see children carrying water barrels on their heads, trying to make money, trying to get to school. I didn’t have much money on my salary, but I started paying tuition for some students and began telling people on Myspace, [which was cool at the time] about these children’s stories. I began to receive donations and advice from people who felt I should just begin a nonprofit.”

As an interior design firm, we also like to think of ourselves as a vessel for our clients — creating a home they thrive in, so they can beautifully manifest outwards into the world. Have you personally seen the impact of what a better home provides for your girls, their lives, their goals, and their ability to absorb education?

“We put them through school while partnering up with various leaders within their communities. These kids are pretty much homeless, they stay with relatives in houses made of garbage and tin, they usually sleep on cement floors. … Considering the conditions that they live in, you wonder how they can survive. But putting on a uniform gives them such a sense of pride, even though their school doesn’t have running water. At times some girls stay with me, and even though it’s just a painted cement building, I can just tell when there’s a clean spacious place for them, it makes them comfortable and confident. Bringing them back home is sometimes hard because they do not want to return. We’ve discussed providing a boarding situation, but we’re not quite there yet — we’re getting there though.”

It’s very refreshing to see such a vibrant group of people in your organization; Spain, Sierra Leone, San Francisco, New Jersey, New York, Liberia, New Zealand, and Korea are all represented by More Than Me’s team members. As a worldly woman yourself, do you think you naturally gravitate towards other worldly individuals?

" I work with all types of people, and there isn’t a particular type that I’d prefer to work with. It’s not just the tree-hugger in California, it’s also the republican in New Jersey [where she grew up], or the African American homeless man. It’s really about our humanity — bones and blood. Most want to be involved because they’ve somehow heard the story through me, or a friend. I actually met our web administrator Daniel on a train! I’m constantly talking about the girls. Wow, if these girls even knew that me talking about them is it’s actually what draws people… It is interesting at first when you get a team together, and they all dress differently, spend their free time differently. But there’s a deeper message for us and we live something bigger than ourselves, and get over our ego.”

Your childhood really resonates with me, growing up monetarily less fortunate, but persevering. How far has that taken you in your journey? Where do you think you differ than most people?

" I always have been a little of a strange person, even when I was younger. I never thought I wanted a house with a white picket fence. When I became a born again Christian at the age of 14, I knew I would serve the poor in some way, despite whether or not that was in the U.S.. I grew up in a very white and wealthy part of town, but I myself wasn't wealthy. I always knew that didn't define me. I loved worldy things and one of my best friend growing up was Paraguayan, I loved salsa dancing and I kind of knew that I wanted to live in Latin America or somewhere outside of the States. I had a good relationship with God and felt lucky to be who I was, living an unconventional life. But when I started More Than Me in the beginning, I sort of doubting myself, and my family and friends were also questioning my path. I was the first person in my family to attend college and they thought, 'Wow, you just graduated from college you’re going to be basically be homeless in Liberia?' But it knew it was something I had to just do."

"Artist in Residence Series" Featuring Aimee Friberg

I got the chance to catch Aimee Friberg on a sunny Sunday afternoon whilst on a trip to Los Angeles for her show at Museum & Crane.  Aimee is an artist who works with photography, installation and video and a part of LOCZIdesign's designedCOLLECTIVE. She was the co-owner and director of the former Gallery Extrana in Berkeley and now currently directs K Imperial Fine Art and kindly let me ask her a few quirky interview questions about her art:

What are your favorite qualities in woman or a man?

“For me, one of the most important qualities in people is the ability to be present. I want to look someone in the eye and have a real interaction. Whether it’s someone at the rental car counter, or in the gallery — I’m not afraid to be real and have a moment with a stranger.  That’s related to my work. I’m into being curious, being in the now. I like the freshness that comes from playing with something in an open, almost naïve way… while my photography is technical in terms of how I’m exposing the light, my sublime moment comes from when I can let go of what’s real or what’s comfortable and be vulnerable."

Who are some of the artist/non visual artists that you dig ?

“When I was at the University of Washington. My mentor, Richard Karpen  sat us down and said ‘watch this’.  It was Nostalghia by Andrei Tarkovsky.  The experience of watching that film has really stayed with me over the years. Something about his way of portraying time, the way he captures light and mood and the unique Tarkovsky-esque psychological space really grabbed me. In subsequent viewings and in my quest to see his other films I’ve thought a lot about why he is particularly effective and why I respond to this.  I’m not sure I have any concrete answers, but his films have shaped my visual life and the way I look at film-making and photography."

"Some of the work in the Lost Film Still series are an ode to him.  For a few years I curated /programmed films and public programs at SFMOMA.  Certainly watching, thinking and writing about film-making with an audience in mind also shaped my art or photography practice. Another film that is important to me is L’Avventura (The Adventure) by Michelangelo Antonioni…he’s another filmmaker that slows down the moment… he lets our eye linger on the wind blowing and uses really beautiful light. I would say, Light is what I pay attention to the most and is what I’m influenced by.  Light is my subject. “In my photo ‘Nostalghia’ [above] there’s a monotone horizon. It’s a wash of cool, gray, moving down into this warm dark tone. That image is named after the Tarkovsky’s film because the act of shooting it brought me nostalgia for this film—I felt like I was inside a Tarkovsky film, manifesting something from his world.”

Oh yeah, Paige and I were really enchanted by 'Nostalghia’, and also the ‘New Young,’ I think it was titled?

“Yes,’ The New Young.’ Again, my intention was to portray the really juicy light, the movement, and the energy of catching something that’s moving out of the frame.  There’s this film I’m working on and writing currently. I haven’t shot it yet, but this image is similar to that film. It’s about something that lives at the edge of our experience — the edge of our attention.  Something that’s not front and center but on the periphery, just out of our focus.  I was in love with the light the afternoon I took this photo. My partner was riding that horse.  It’s an unseen detail that delights me.”

Keep an eye out for K Imperial Fine Art located at 49 Geary on the 4th floor in San Francisco. There’s an inspiring exhibit titled, “Elements of Day” from Oakland-based Gina Borg, opening reception on Thursday, April 5th from 5 – 7 pm. For more information or to preview the work please contact the gallery at (415) 277-7230 or aimee [at] kimperialfineart [dot] com.

Slides from the June designedCOLLECTIVE: LOCZI, DEPPEN, LEE

designedCOLLECTIVE June 2011 Press release


“Local Forum helps designers, craftspeople sharpen the saw.”

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – June 8, 2011 –The designedCOLLECTIVE of San Francisco hosted three masters in automotive, industrial and architectural design for a panel discussion “Sustainability in Design” at Atelier LeeQuen on June 7, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The fourth in a series of events created by Paige Loczi, owner and creative director of sustainable interior design house LOCZIdesign, drew close to 80 designers, artisans and craftspeople from across the creative spectrum.

Guests of the June 2011 forum of the designedCOLLECTIVE were given the unique opportunity to casually engage in stimulating conversation with three masters: Geza Loczi, awarded the Michelin Lifetime Achievement Award in Automotive Design in 2011; Dave Deppen, architect and thought leader, winner of the first ever Livable Buildings Award; and popular award-winning furniture and lighting designer, Rick Lee.

One participant asked why nature so strongly influenced their designs. “Our world, global society, is so tilted to forget nature,” said Deppen, considered a consummate rule breaker and whose naturally lit buildings surrounded by “enchanted forests” are an example of what happens when nature is revered.

In sharing their Sources for Inspiration, Mr. Loczi said the wind and the aerodynamics it creates and design that is timeless are important considerations when designing his automobiles. And Lee, calling Mr. Loczi’s work “pure, sleek, and innovative”, wondered aloud how he might also design furniture that moves.

And finally, regarding The Role of Sustainability in the Future of Design: "Looking twenty years into the future to resolve issues of sustainability--and then jumping back ten years so we can achieve those goal—is most important,” Mr. Loczi said. “Sometimes we have to envision solutions that have not been achieved in order to create the real possibility. We have to adapt and be able to change platforms and, in turn, be innovative and flexible."

Guests remained long into the evening, a reflection of the need Ms. Loczi seeks to meet. "I love what I do, largely because of the people with whom I work and the beauty that we create as designers. Why not create a community of shared values, one in which we can continue inspire one another? It is my intention that after a gathering of the designedCOLLECTIVE that people leave feeling enlivened and enriched.”

The purpose of LOCZIdesign’s annual salon-style series known as the designedCOLLECTIVE is to educate and engage design professionals in a relaxed setting. With a focus on learning through conversation, professional associations and friendships are encouraged and a lively environment is created, one that includes food, wine and entertainment from local sponsors.

Many thanks to Fork & Spoon Productions, Berkeley Wine Imports, Atelier LeeQuen, FreeLance Productions and DJ Ryan Stubbs for their support. Without them this event would not be possible.


LOCZIdesign creates spaces that balance and inspire, spaces to reflect the unique style and values of our clients. Our approach is personal, interactive and iterative with a commitment to excellence in design and workmanship and to doing our small part of the big job of caring for the planet. We use nontoxic finishes, Earth-friendly carpet and give priority to locally crafted furniture with a vetted history in sustainable building. LOCZIdesign is located at 7 Joost Avenue in San Francisco and at


designedCOLLECTIVE: Master Class

The designedCOLLECTIVE of San Francisco hosted three masters in automotive, industrial and architectural design for a panel discussion “Sustainability in Design” at Atelier LeeQuen on last June, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The fourth in a series of annual events created by Paige Loczi, owner and creative director of sustainable interior design house LOCZIdesign, drew close to 80 designers, artisans and craftspeople from across the creative spectrum.

Guests of the June 2011 forum of the designedCOLLECTIVE were given the unique opportunity to casually engage in stimulating conversation with three masters: Geza Loczi, awarded the Michelin Lifetime Achievement Award in Automotive Design in 2011; Dave Deppen, architect and thought leader, winner of the first ever Livable Buildings Award; and popular award-winning furniture and lighting designer, Rick Lee.

“I found it to be a wonderful, inspirational, and thought-provoking conversation that sparked some new ideas for me on thinking about the intersection of creativity and sustainability.” -- Gautam Barua, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Aclaria Capital, LLC, a private equity firm focused on resource productivity and environmental sustainability.

“Several of the students attending told me they were totally energized by the event—it inspired them to reach higher and to double their efforts to become successful designers who contribute to the greater good!” -- Dave Deppen, architect and thought leader, winner of the first-ever Livable Buildings Award

“To Geza [Loczi] and Dave [Deppen]...It was such honor and fun to participate in this creative discussion. You both have inspired me in so many ways and I am sure to many others were there that night!” -- Rick Lee, popular award-winning furniture and lighting designer, Rick Lee.

“The space for the event was memorizing, and in itself gave a great foundation for the evening’s success. Again, it was an honor to be a part of the designedCollective." -- Geza Loczi, awarded the Michelin Lifetime Achievement Award in Automotive Design in 2011

for the complete press release click here!

If you want to see the full set of pictures go here!

Namaste. Paige

The designedCOLLECTIVE Comes to Woodshanti

On January 20th, LOCZIdesign teamed up with Woodshanti to host the annual designedCOLLECTIVE event, and the response was terrific, 57 people in total!

In keeping with our role as a collective, the venue changes, but the authentic, collaborative vibe remains the same. This time, the location was Woodshanti’s Bayview workshop. Woodshanti was an obvious partner, as we have collaborated with their incredible team on a number of custom projects, and their work is always sustainable and always impeccable.

We were lucky to have Bill Ridings of California Urban Lumber and Greg Clayton of Restoration Finishing as guest speakers. California Urban Lumber specializes in custom milling of hardwoods that were removed by necessity because of natural mortality, disease or insect damage, new construction, root damage to sidewalks or foundations, wild fire control, and storm damage, while Restoration Finishing specializes in color work for custom cabinetry and production mill work for architectural elements, interiors, new cabinetry, furniture, wood paneling, decorative moldings, and restoration.

The turnout for the night was a unique mix of individuals with a shared interest in sustainability. Chris Ahlman provided great music through out the evening. Attendees included Aleck Wilson of Aleck Wilson Architects, Catrina Cooper of eco6design, Dave Deppen of Ecological Design Collaborative, Eric Edelson of Fireclay Tile, Jacqueline Fink of Koroseal, Torsten Glidden of TJ Glidden Co., Thom Harrison of AlterECO, Rye Hudak of Level 5 Design, Chris Johnson of WoodFirst, Esin Karliova of Studio Karliova, Clark Kayler of New Helvetia Hardwoods, Kathleen Liston of Eco Offsite, Scott McGlashan of McGlashan Architecture, Paul Rozendal of Ceramic Tile Design, to name just a few.

The evening offered an environment where talented people from disparate walks of life made easy new connections, both professional and personal. I know I was inspired to learn about the particular challenges others have faced and overcome, and the new projects they are excited about. For a full set of photos from the event look here!

Stay tuned for the date and location of the next designedCOLLECTIVE event!

If you’d like to be added to our event mailing list or you want to host or speak at an upcoming designedCOLLECTIVE, please send an e-mail to or We look forward to hearing from you and about your particular interests!