Meeting: October 18, 2018

Topic: Leveraging Artisan Work in Your Designs
(0.1 CEU)

Speaker: Lauren Levant
(Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh Tri State Chapter)

Location: MSI Stone
22300 Hathaway Ave., Hayward, CA 94541

Harnessing the creative power of craftspeople can create a show-stopping project. With the public’s enthusiasm for artisan culture and its increasing appetite for the unique and handcrafted, integrating specialty work into interior design projects is gaining in popularity. Lauren Levant has been at the vanguard of this trend and offered examples, advice and walk-throughs of how to successfully integrate unique components into a project design. Through a competition-style format, attendees will walked from the presentation having honed their ability to spot and develop opportunities to bring truly unique pieces to their clients’ homes. Creative collaborations with local craftspeople, fabricators and artisans in the design of interior spaces and signature product pieces is a hallmark of Lauren Levant’s designs. This was a rare opportunity to see into this nationally recognized designer’s process and integrate this approach into your own.

Lauren Levant is an emerging figure in the interior design industry, with a special concentration in luxury kitchen design. Her distinctive portfolio of work has claimed more than twenty international, national and regional awards in the past five years. In the early part of this year, this included the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s first place award for Best Builder/Remodeler. Lauren has been named by Viking Appliance as the Designer of the Year and was named among HGTV’s top 10 American Designers under 35. Lauren’s projects have been featured widely in Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Home & Design Magazine and The Washington Post. Many examples from her portfolio can also be found in hardcover publications such as The Kitchen Bible: Designing the Perfect Culinary Space.