Lori Weitzner’ s path to creativity has always been clearly marked. Childhood signposts included constant sketching and painting … sneaking a gentle touch of sculpture (for inspiration) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York during Saturday visits with her father … family travels abroad (when everyone else was going to Florida and getting a tan!) …acceptance into the art program at Syracuse University … and the professor there who redirected her efforts from fine arts to textiles. “I never would have made it into a gallery,” she now says.
After graduation (BFA in Textiles from Syracuse University ’83), professionally the journey became a bit more interesting. A job she hated led to travels in Europe which led to free-lance in Milan, eventually selling her designs to companies including Missoni. Travels to Zurich were met with the same success and a long-term contact with a client there. Returning to New York, her creativity focused on packaging and product design, linking her name with Estee Lauder, Calvin Klein and Dansk.
Her big break into textiles in the US market came with a call from Jack Lenor Larsen, and with it the opportunity to independently design collections for him which bore her name, and her collaboration with Germany’s renowned Sahco from 2000 to 2012 garnered her designs broader recognition in the international interiors market. In 2004 Lori introduced Weitzner Limited offering innovative wall coverings, to a world-wide market. Then in 2011 she joined forces with Pollack, an internationally known textile company.
2012 saw the launch of her own textile collection “Vernissage” under the Weitzner brand, through which she maintains her commitment to creating exceptional design that is in line with the human spirit.
Weitzner’s fabrics and wallcoverings grace celebrity homes including those of Julianne Moore and Will Ferrell, and often provide for 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.
Her work is housed in the permanent collections of such museums as Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Montreal, Victoria and Albert in London, and the Cooper-Hewitt in New York City. She is the recipient of multiple design awards including a nomination for the Chrysler Innovation award and travels the globe lecturing on engaging the senses in design.
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