After graduating with a BFA in textiles from Syracuse University (‘83), an unsatisfying job in New York led to travels in Europe, which led to freelance in Milan and design for such companies as Missoni. Journeying on to Zurich led to a long-term relationship creating bedding for Boller Winkler/Schlossberg. Returning to New York, Lori focused her creativity on packaging and product design, linking her name with Estée Lauder, Calvin Klein, and Dansk.
Her big break in textiles in the US came with a call from Jack Lenor Larsen, and with that the opportunity to independently design collections for his company which bore her name. Her collaboration with Germany’s renowned Sahco from 2000-2012 garnered her designs broader recognition in the international interiors market. In 2004, Lori introduced Weitzner Limited, offering innovative wall coverings to a worldwide market.
2012 saw the launch of her own textile collection “Vernissage” under the Weitzner brand, which she maintains as her commitment to creating exceptional design that is in line with the human spirit.
Weitzner’s products grace celebrity homes including those of Julianne Moore, Will Ferrell, and Beyoncé, and often appear as costumes and sets for motion picture films such as “Gangs of New York” and “Mission Impossible.” Her designs also enhance numerous public spaces -- most notably the glamorous Four Seasons Hotels and Headquarters of Google in New York.
Lori's work is housed in the permanent collections of such museums as Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Montreal, the Victoria Albert Museum in London, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York. She is the recipient of multiple design awards, including a nomination for the Chrysler Innovation Award, and she travels the globe lecturing on engaging the senses in design.