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Inspired by the artists and designers working today, we invite you to partake in a lively discussion around purpose, tradition, technique and longevity.

Join Mary Jo Bowling, LUXE Magazine’s Sr. Editor in conversation with Masako Miki, Suzy Poling, Paige Loczi, Brit Kleinman and Kelsi Lavicka.

Mary Jo Bowling: Moderator: writer, Sr. Editor, LUXE Magazine
Mary Jo Bowling is the Homes Editor for Luxe Interiors + Design‘s Colorado and San Francisco regions. She’s written and edited articles for publications including Sunset, Better Homes & Gardens and California Home+Design, as well as for online platforms, such as Houzz and Curbed. The result of years of exposure to dramatic before-and-after home stories has made her an inveterate remodeler, and she has tackled transformations ranging from a Victorian-era home to a century-old barn.

Masako Miki: artist
Originally from Osaka, Japan, Masako Miki has made the San Francisco Bay Area her home for 20 years. She has exhibited throughout the Bay Area at venues including Berkeley Art Museum, Headlands Center for the Arts, Kala Art Institute, and The Lab. She was a resident artist at The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), Project 387 (Gualala, CA), Kamiyama Artists in Residency (Tokushima, Japan), Facebook Artist in Residence (Menlo Park, CA) and the de Young Museum with an accompanying solo exhibition in 2016. She received the 2018 Inga Maren Otto Fellowship from the Watermill Center in New York and 2017 Artist Fellow Award from Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. Her works are in the collections of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Facebook, The Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation, New York and many notable private collections. Miki received her MFA from San Jose State University and has been on the adjunct faculty at University of California Berkeley, Davis, and Mills College. Miki is represented by CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions in San Francisco and lives in Berkeley, CA.

Suzy Poling: artist
Suzy Poling is an artist working in many mediums including photography, sculptural installation, performance art, sound, video, painting, collage, fiber art and silkscreen. Her extensive ouvre of work showcases an iconic visual language and multi-dimensional world referencing artists such as Maholy Nagy and Harry Smith yet very distinctly her own.

Paige Loczi: Interior designer and Brand Ambassador / S. Harris Fabric Cut

Paige Loczi: As the Founder and Creative Director of the Award-Winning LOCZIdesign studios, Paige likens her role to that of a conductor, listening for the resonance -striking balance between intrigue and ease. The LOCZIdesign team are highly motivated people with a variety of complementary skills. They work best when utilizing their technical capabilities and collaborating with trusted craftsmen. They take great pride in their work and the relationships they build along the way. It is a great honor to create and they love seeing their clients thrive in their environment.
S. Harris is Fabric company: Designed, developed, and manufactured in the United States, Fabricut: Furniture is hand-crafted by experienced artisans you can trust. Their Urban Nomad series focuses on American design with a reference to Women artists.

Brit Kleinman: Founder of Avo Avo
After growing up in Los Angeles, Brit headed to the east coast to study Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She began her career designing soft goods for Samsonite, and Timberland, then made her way to New York to become head bag designer for Jack Spade. She continued her journey consulting with Shinola and Casper while creating The Way We Carry to look at how humans solve the most basic of problems. In 2014, Brit branched off on her own to start AVO and launch her flagship collection of hand dyed leather rugs.

Kelsi Lavicka OSO/ Atra Studio: OSO is a home for contemporary luxury design and creation, offering a path for contemporary designers to create beauty while caring for nature. OSO is a sister entity to ATRA to service custom, multi-brand and hospitality, Atra Furniture. Kelsi Lavicka is a Eco-luxury advocate + representative for OSO and her eco textile and product design brand MoonCloth. OSO X MoonCloth are launching the first eco-luxury hemp capsule furniture collection this summer 2019. MoonClothhas worked to bring eco textiles and sustainable wellness/spa products to Soho House, Sensei Resorts, Design Hotels and more.


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