Dorka Keehn has a had a great year. The national organization she co-founded, Emerge America—a major contributor to the growing numbers of Democratic women serving in public office—saw 17 out of 28 Emerge California alumnae in the San Francisco Bay Area win their November 2012 ballot race. That’s a 61% success rate.
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.
Each person, client, and member of our close-knit firm has a unique design style of their own. We prefer to honor individual creativity above trends. And seeing that sustainability is one of the strongest driving forces in our approach, we’ve witnessed its path from trend into a realm of design with the most promise of longevity. With that said, it doesn’t mean that we don’t take note of and incorporate the new waves of colors, patterns, and styles into our remodels. So this week, we’d like to share our favorite fall trends that are timeless and will no doubt be seen in homes well past the autumn season of 2012!
Back in March (wow, was it really that long ago?) we got the chance to interview Laura Guido-Clark, 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.
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!
With the harvest month of October in full effect, the autumn season for LOCZIdesign has been more than abundant. Last week we were delighted to be featured as Haute Design Network’s Top Looks of the Week. And in addition, our very own Paige Loczi was interviewed by Izabell Mason in the article, Sustainable Design: Save On Energy, Save Your Health, Save The Environment with LOCZIdesign.
It’s been stated that on average, Americans spend over 90% of our time indoors (these statistics may not reflect most Californian’s and other sun-seekers who no doubt use their outdoor environment as a yearlong playground). Even so, it is particularly surprising to hear that indoor air is scientifically proven to be often times more polluted than outdoor air. And most of these toxins are given off by a countless number of common household products including: carpets, plastics, furniture, paints, cleaning products, inks, dyes, foam, rubber, and the list goes on. We practice sustainability for more than just street credit.
This past Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day and it got me thinking about my impact as a voter, but also about my political upbringing. Growing up as a young woman of color in Baltimore, running for office wasn’t necessarily a dream of mine. It didn’t have much to do with my family—the support to be whomever I wanted to be was there. But open dialogue in my direct community pertaining to young women taking political action was not present. Several decades have passed since and we find ourselves in a privileged country that has changed the face of politics—literally.
LOCZIdesign often talks about ‘creating spaces that balance and inspire’- Laying on the floor of the ‘Forest’ was like receiving a giant hug from the Great Mother herself. The echoing tunes of Robot Heart bellowing in the background set the tone for my favorite art installation from this year’s Burning Man. A long-time believer and contributor to the festival that stretches the body, mind and soul, I returned to the desert after a 5-year hiatus only to find her teeming with fresh energy and brilliance.
“Nearly on its own, deeFind shoes unfolded, blindly, in an afternoon,” that’s Dierdre Wallace, an artist who lives, breathes and thrives in San Francisco as an independent shoe designer. Hailing from her artistic roots of painting and ceramics, Dierdre propelled her aspirations to a whole new level. It began with an aha moment and has since flourished into a kick-ass brand of shoes that have graced the feet of models in this year’s New York Fashion Week and local San Francisco women alike. We had a chat about the inspirations and innovations that go hand in hand into her designs.