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Dynamic Minds: Creative Brilliance Seminar Series | The Office of Charles de Lisle, Studio Collins Weir, and Martin Kobus Studio

June 7 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Studio visits to The Office of Charles de Lisle,  Studio Collins Weir, and Martin culminating with a reception and refreshments at Martin Kobus studio

About the Studios:

STUDIO COLLINS WEIR: Founded by Chris Weir and Susan Collins Weir, the studio utilizes their extensive backgrounds in architecture, art history, and design to create spaces that exude warmth, precision, and material richness. Each project reflects the unique history and location of the home, utilizing custom furnishings and bespoke detailing to craft supportive, holistic environments. Highly collaborative and driven by a strong culture of mentorship and teamwork, the studio maintains robust partnerships with top architects, builders, and artists. Their award-winning work has garnered international recognition, featuring in prestigious publications like The New York Times, GQ, and Elle Decoration, among others.

MARTIN KOBUS: Martin Kobus creates bold and dynamic interiors that are approachable and inviting. Designing custom environments that resonate with clients is the hallmark of his work. Being a Dutch native there is a European sensibility to Martin’s vision on all projects. Having been immersed in all aspects of design for a lifetime, creating inspired interiors comes naturally. His team of designers takes great pride in the work that they do, and manage client relations efficiently and effectively. Its vendors and crafts people work in harmony with its team to make its vision come to life. Martin Kobus Interiors is dedicated to bringing  clients’ design aspirations to fruition and to create beautiful interiors for living.

THE OFFICE OF CHARLES DE LISLE: The Office of Charles De Lisle, led by its namesake founder, has over twenty years of expertise in luxury residential, commercial, and hospitality design, and is known for creating unique and tailored experiences for each project, including architecture, interiors, and landscapes. Its work spans various locations and includes custom homes, commercial interiors, and renovations like the historic Sea Ranch guest lodge. This AD100 firm has been featured in prestigious publications such as Architectural Digest and The Wall Street Journal and collaborates on lighting collections with The Future Perfect and Phoenix Day Lighting. Additionally, Charles De Lisle’s Chainsaw Furniture designs have gained recognition at Design Miami Basel and several galleries in New York and San Francisco.


About Diane Dorrans Saeks:

Learn more about Diane Dorrans Saeks on Instagram @dianedorranssaeks

Diane is the best-selling author of 25 design books, including ‘Michael S, Smith Elements of Style’ (Rizzoli) and her two most recent, “Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors’ (Rizzoli) and ‘Parisian by Design (Rizzoli). She is currently working on new books on design, style and interiors.

Diane is a founding editor with C California Style magazine, and the Design Editor of PAPERCITY magazine. She has written for Vogue, Vogue Living, The New York Times, the Financial Times, Veranda, Harper’s Bazaar, the Nob Hill Gazette, and many others.




Addresses AND LOCATIONS provided upon ticket purchase: Car pooling planned

Please note, locations are not suitable for children. All guests must bring a photo ID with them to the event that matches the name you registered under. Attendees will be emailed details on meeting location prior to the event.



The Dynamic Minds Seminars Series produced by Diane Dorrans Saeks is 4 separate afternoon events over a week from June 1 through June 8 2024.. Please acquire an ‘all access pass”; and then register for each event.

Creativity, ideas, inspiration and exploration, balanced with in-depth knowledge, remain essential elements in today’s interiors and architecture.

Inspiration and intense engagement are evident throughout four special afternoon seminars at the studios of leading California architects, a new showroom, and interior designers in San Francisco.

During the architecture and design studio on-site events in the series, attendees will meet San Francisco’s leading architecture and design practitioners and view work and discuss process.

Studios include Aidlin Darling Design, The Wiseman Group, BCJ, ODADA, Geoff de Sousa Design and de Sousa Hughes, and BAMO, Ken Fulk, Martin Kobus, Studio Collins Weir and The Office of Charles de Lisle. These 4 intense on-site seminars take place on different afternoons over 4 days and require separate ticketing.  In each intense on-site seminar, we have a program to meet the designers and architects, to engage with new projects, and new highlights from work on the boards.

Each studio visit is an opportunity to encounter advanced ideas, creative procedures, and design and architecture concepts and advanced thinking.

Attendees will experience the full range of aesthetics, from pure modernism to richly informed classical design, traditional, bold, minimal, and eclectic expression. All are based on intellectual and intuitive disciplines. A highlight will be viewing and discussing works in process, as well as newly completed interiors and unpublished new residences.

We will see how studios fully use newest technical advances such as VR and AI, and 3D printing (and continue to sketch) in their design concepts and in interactions with their clients. Participants will view and engage with latest thinking on sustainability, ‘green’ practices, and the use of tech and an appreciation for sketching.

At the end of each day, participants are invited to a private in-studio reception and celebration, offering the opportunity to meet designers and their staff and to discuss in-depth ideas and views.

Led by best-selling author and leading interior design journalist/ author Diane Dorrans Saeks, this year’s interior designer program follows on the great success of last ten year’s programs.

Diane’s seminars offer a very rare opportunity to tour top architecture and interior design studios, meet with designers and architects one-on-one.

Dynamic San Francisco architecture and design firms on the seminar roster include Aidlin Darling Design, BAMO, and The Wiseman Group and BCJ, as well as leading interior designers Ken Fulk, Martin Kobus, Charles de Lisle, Susan Collins Weir,  ODADA. A special visit to the new De Sousa Hughes NEW showroom is a highlight. 

Each highly accomplished designer and architect will speak of works in progress, new work, and what they see happening in the near future. Studio visits celebrate achievement, creativity, the power of ideas, and the power of optimism. This program is not appropriate for children under 16, as they are architecture & design study tours of studios, with formal presentations made by company principals.


Learn more about other events in the series

June 1, 1pm-5pm:  San Francisco

Studio visits to Aidlin Darling Design, ODADA and  BCJ. This tour includes a 5pm Reception. Participation will converse, meet, discuss idea, and meet the designers and architects.

June 4, 1pm too 5pm: San Francisco

A studio visit is led by best-selling author Diane Dorrans Saeks at the Magic Factory headquarters of Ken Fulk, and his recently restored St Joseph’s Arts Society church, which is a studio/ atelier/ entertainment place. The venue is a lavish site for discussions on design, altruism and philanthropy.

June 8, 1 pm to 5 pm: San Francisco

The design studios of The Wiseman Group and BAMO, and Geoffrey de Sousa Design and de Sousa Hughes, new showroom to view newest projects including modern and classical design, architectural historic restoration, and new design collections.  BAMO has invited us to end the day with a reception.


June 7
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Sausalito, CA United States + Google Map


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The Office of Charles de Lisle,  Studio Collins Weir, and Martin Kobus Studio
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