Event description

Inspired by some of today’s most influential artists and designers, we invite you to partake in a lively discussion around purpose, tradition, technique and longevity. With opening remarks from S.Harris brand Ambassador Paige Loczi, the conversation will revolve around traditional techniques used in today’s marketplace, with an emphasis on what companies are doing to show their commitment to community and culture. Join us as we explore how third generation American companies are bringing their deep-rooted relationship with craftsmen and artisans to the surface, impacting and elevating their communities in meaningful ways. 

Join George McCalman, columnist at the SF Chronicle, in conversation with Masako Miki, Suzy Poling, Brit Kleinman and Kelsi Lavicka.

George McCalman: Moderator: columnist, San Francisco Chronicle 
Raised in Brooklyn, artist and creative director George McCalman received his BFA in philosophy at St. Johns in Queens, NY, which informs his design principles to this day. He credits his Caribbean background for his unique ability to both embrace and rebel against traditional modes of design. After 14 years as an award-winning art director, working with highly respected national magazines like ReadyMadeMother Jones, and Entertainment Weekly, George opened the doors to his design studio MCCALMAN.CO in 2011. Today he runs his studio practice and works as an artist and illustrator, penning the column “Observed” for San Francisco Chronicle.

Masako Miki: artist

Masako has exhibited her immersive sculptural installations and detailed works on paper at numerous institutions in US and Japan.  In 2019, Miki was awarded a Matrix Exhibition at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.  Miki has exhibited numerous institutions including Headlands Center for the Arts, The Lab in San Francisco, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley.  Inspired by Shinto’s animism, she emphasizes the idea of Pluralism by using shape shifters’ attribute – fluidity.  Miki was a recipient of 2018 Inga Maren Otto Fellowship Award from Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center in New York, and 2019 Master Artist Award and 2017 Artist Fellowship Award from Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California.  Miki has been a resident artist including the de Young Museum (San Francisco, California), Facebook (Menlo Park, California), Kamiyama Artists in Residency (Tokushima, Japan).  Miki’s work is in a collection of The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation, New York, NY, Facebook, Inc., Menlo Park, CA, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA.  She is a native of Japan and is currently based in Berkeley, California. She is represented by CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions in San Francisco.



Suzy Poling: artist
Suzy Poling is an interdisciplinary artist working across a massive array of specialties, including sound and film; sculpture, painting and collage; performance art and installations, among others. She researches the multi-dimensional interferences between diverse mediums, such as optics and mirrors, sonic resonance, electrical synthesis, virtual spatial systems, video experiments, human and alien identities, and inspections of geological anomalies. 

Poling’s artwork has been seen in publication such as the New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, Dazed Digital and a Metropolitan Museum of Art Book. She/they is a recipient of the Mike Kelley Foundation Grant and was a nominee for the SECA Award at the SFMOMA and has many solo art exhibitions in Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco. Her work has been exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, Disjecta, Cal Polytechnic University, Chicago Cultural Center, Australian Center for Photography, Aperture Foundation, Cult Exhibitions/Aimee Friberg and Zg Gallery. 

Pod Blotz is Poling’s electronic / sound-art solo project, through which they explore posthumanist concepts, cathartic gestures and otherworldly sound sources. The project began in 2002, releasing on labels such as Chocolate Monk (UK), Nostilevo (LA), Conjunto Vacio (Spain), Clan Destine Records (UK) and Dungeon Taxis (NZ/NYC). Over the years they’ve amassed more than 25 cassette and vinyl releases and toured throughout the US. 

Originally from Michigan, Poling studied at Columbia College in Chicago before living in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost a decade. She/they now resides in Los Angeles.


Brit Kleinman: Founder of 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 X MoonCloth designs: 
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 an Eco-luxury advocate + representative for OSO and her eco textile and product design brand MoonCloth designs. OSO X MoonCloth designs are launching the first eco-luxury hemp capsule furniture collection this summer 2019. MoonCloth has worked to bring eco textiles and sustainable wellness/spa products to Soho House, Sensei Resorts, Design Hotels and more.


About our sponsors:


Paige Loczi: Interior designer and Brand Ambassador for S. Harris: 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: S. Harris enjoys a rich tradition that spans over a century providing fine, decorative fabrics to meet the exacting needs and tastes of interior designers, architects and specifiers. Founded in 1906 by Sol Harris and then purchased by Fabricut in 1988, S. Harris has built the reputation as the leading supplier of fine textiles and the brand designers count on for high-end contemporary, designer fabrics and innovative colors. Their longstanding, well-respected relationships with the world’s leading textile mills furnish the ability to offer the most exclusive patterns and designs to our customers. Partnering with top contemporary designers from all segments of the design industry – fashion, art and entertainment, S. Harris delivers unique, boutique collections with distinct fabrics. Backed by the Fabricut name, their extensive line of in-stock fabrics, extraordinary customer service and a knowledgeable, worldwide sales force is unmatched. Their dedication to you, the customer, lies at the heart of everything they do.


Event Type: Host

Event Focus: Furniture, Interior Design Makers

REFUND POLICY: We do not offer refunds. If the event is sold out, we might be able to give your spot to someone on the waitlist.

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Register for Opening Night Party June 20th.