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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!

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