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March 6, 2024

March 6, 2024

Design San Francisco | Sustainability & Design

Wednesday, March 6 | San Francisco

Mark your calendars!
We’re only three weeks away from Design San Francisco – Spring. This year, the focus is on sustainability in the design world. Don’t miss out on three days packed with exclusive programming, product launches, educational sessions, and festivities.

Stay tuned for updates as we’ll be engaging in the conversation on Sustainable Design practices on March 6th, with members Revitaliste and Make it Home joining us on this panel discussion on sustainability and design, moderated by Erika Heet from Interiors Magazine.🌱

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March 8, 2024

March 8, 2024

Empowered Design Summit

Friday, March 8 | 12 PM – 5 PM | Los Angeles, CA

Join The Pacific Design Center and Women in Luxury Design (W.I.L.D.) for a day of inspiration to commemorate International Women’s Day! We celebrate the strength of empowered women, supporting one another while navigating the balance of business and life in the 21st century. Kathryn Soter, GFDA Executive Director, will speak with W.I.L.D. founder, Jennifer Convy, at this event featuring other short savvy segments with remarkable female leaders in the luxury design trade. Speed mentor networking, health and wellness gurus, lunch, happy hour and more!

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March 9, 2024

March 9, 2024

JOHI Open Studio – Celebrating 5 Years!

Saturday, March 9th | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Watsonville, California

Join us at the JOHI Open Studio event as we celebrate 5 years of creativity, innovation, and community building!

Explore the evolution of a local furniture design and manufacturing studio. Step inside our studio, mingle with the team, and witness the journey of JOHI’s growth over the past 5 years. Admission is free, so don’t miss out on this special celebration!

Spread the word and let’s make this celebration one for the books!

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March 19, 2024

March 19, 2024

What to know about performance fabrics, leathers and PFAS.

Tuesday, March 19 | 4:00 PM

Explore Sustainable Textiles in Furnishings with The GFDA: Join us for an enlightening discussion led by industry experts, covering topics such as navigating Colorado’s new legislation banning PFAS in textiles, sustainable material sourcing, and waste reduction strategies. Presented in partnership with Design Wright Studios, Meno Home, and Studio M Denver, this networking event promises valuable insights. Stay tuned for further details on this informative session, and don’t miss out on light bites, refreshments, and a delightful interactive surprise following the talk. Keep an eye on our LinkedIn and Instagram for updates!

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March 21, 2024

March 21, 2024

How To Operate As A Low-Waste Designer

Thursday, March 21st | 4 PM – 6 PM | Denver
Join us for an exclusive alumni gathering at Heritage School of Interior Design – Denver!  We’re thrilled to announce that our Executive Director, Kathryn Soter, will be a guest speaker at this special event. Mark your calendars and get ready for an inspiring evening of insights and connections. Discover the reasons why sustainable design matters and how it benefits all of us and our businesses. Learn about the financial perks of low-waste design and start changing your habits. Don’t miss out on discovering the three phases of success: start early, plan carefully, and shift your thinking! See you there!

Past Events

NoHo Member Mixer – with AWA+D

Tuesday, February 27 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Los Angeles, CA

We’re excited to partner with AWA+D for a Member Mixer. 🍺 Join us!Learn more about the Association for Women in Architecture + Design, which is committed to advancing women in the architectural and design professions. GFDA host and Chapter Lead, Greg Roth (of Carbon Shack Design) will share how the GFDA is fostering education in sustainable interior design and architecture. He may even buy you your first drink!

Non-members $5. GFDA members free. Mix and mingle with fellow designers–and it’s not just for women!

Denver Member Mixer!

Feb. 9  | 4-6PM

Margarita Bravo’s beautiful studio in the Denver Design District is host to our February mixer with guest speaker, Batya Stepleman from WallTawk who will discuss how to specify wallpaper with a focus on sustainability, health, and social responsibility. We look forward to connecting with you and kicking off our year. It’s a chance to learn and network with your fellow design community.

Bring a friend who might be interested in joining the fun Colorado chapter! Enjoy snacks and drinks on us. Free event.

RSVP: Bailey Konieczka: Bailey@baileykatherineinteriors.com

Meet the Robots! Member Mixer

Thursday, Feb 1 2024  | 4-6PM  | Oakland, CA

Meet the Machine that uses AI to remove staples and nails from reclaimed wood and turns it into premium lumber. See first hand, the robotic technology that literally saves millions of tons of old lumber from going into landfills. Find out how the supply chain works. Learn from designers and contractors who use this premium reclaimed wood in projects.

Demonstration, education, beverages + snacks, mix + mingle! Perfect for sustainably minded contractors, developers, architects, makers and anyone curious to learn more. For a peek at what you’ll see visit urbanmachine.build

Reuse Talk: Bringing Your Things Full Circle

Resilient Edge Salon Series #1 
Wed. Jan 24th |  5:30-7PM     San Francisco

We’re diving deep into the essential question of what truly constitutes circular versus linear systems. Together, we’ll explore ways to cultivate a healthier relationship with our belongings and discuss the concept of the doughnut economy. But that’s not all – we’ll also be delving into how we can actively advocate for and contribute to a greener, more creative planet.

In conversation with:
Mark Miller: (our host) architect, inventor, and founder of Ocean Plant.
Phoebe Schenker, Reuse Alliance
Amy Frederickson, Revitaliste
Kathryn Soter, GFDA

Bay Area Holiday Housewarming!

Join us for holiday drinks and appetizers! Thursday, Nov 30, 4-6PM

Don’t miss our celebration of sustainability featuring Masaya + Co.and eco-champion FireClay Tile! MasayaCo. specializes in crafting heirloom furniture and gives back through their Reforestation campaign. Co-host, FireClay, is a certified B Corp, and devoted to sustainable manufacturing practices.

It’s our treat. So bring a friend, mix and mingle! RSVP through Eventbrite link.

Los Angeles Chapter Launch Conference | Morning Session (10AM-11AM)

Deconstruction is a key part of the ways new builds and renovations can be low-waste. Join this timely conversation, and learn about what these experts and innovators are doing differently to model this whole systems approach. Coffee service provided by our host sponsor, CarbonShack.

Host: The GFDA + CarbonShack Design

Los Angeles Chapter Launch Conference | Afternoon Session (4PM-5PM)

Luxury can be low waste – because low waste is becoming synonymous with high-quality, great design. Come hear about beautiful interiors that are stunning, fresh, and have minimal impact on our planet’s resources. Refreshments provided by GFDA corporate sponsor, Kravet, Inc.

Host: The GFDA + Kravet

Los Angeles Chapter Launch Conference | Evening Session (6PM-7:30PM)

The Design + Build industry has a waste problem. Learn why we should care and how the GFDA is providing tools and resources to help us find solutions. Networking reception and conversation. Appetizers and drinks provided by our hosts, Fisher & Paykel and Fireside BBQ & Appliances.

Host: Fisher & Paykel + Fireside BBQ & Applicances

8/31 Discover The GFDA: Free Webinar for New Members about Low-Waste Design

Can’t make it on the 30th? We’re doing it all again on the 31st!

Come meet our team at our second virtual salon to learn more and learn about how to you can help build a more sustainable future through design!

In this interactive webinar, you’ll get a chance to learn about the challenges of waste in the built environment, the ways in which the GFDA is tackling that problem, and a deeper dive into our initiatives that are designed to help you on your journey to a better future. . . better for our health, the planet and your business.

Host: The GFDA

8/30 Discover The GFDA: Free Webinar for New Members about Low-Waste Design

Eager to learn about how to you can help build a more sustainable future through design?

Meet our team at our first virtual salon to learn more. In this interactive webinar, you’ll get a chance to learn about the challenges of waste in the built environment, the ways in which the GFDA is tackling that problem, and a deeper dive into our initiatives that are designed to help you on your journey to a better future. . . better for our health, the planet and your business.

Host: The GFDA

A 360 Look at Low-Waste & Sustainable Design Practices – Denver Conference

Join us for a look at what’s new at the GFDA and the future ahead. Come meet fellow low-waste leaders and build your network of resources. The event will feature one panel along with a cocktail reception!
Panelists: Molly Reinhardt – Studio M, Theo Hooker – Cambium Carbon, Megan Thompson – Spark Interiors, Andy Johnson – DAJ Design Architecture
Moderator: Chantel Ellerington – Boulder Lifestyle & Cherry Creek Lifestyle Magazines
See You There!
Hosts: The GFDA + Kentwood Real Estate

Volunteer Opportunity at the Red Dot Ranch

Would you like to help Red Dot Studio, a founding member of the GFDA, this summer? Check out their Summer Volunteer Opportunities at the Red Dot Ranch!

Saturday Aug 5 | Sunday Aug 6
Saturday Aug 26 | Sunday Aug 27

RSVP to info@reddotstudio.com more information.
No experience necessary but let them know if you have mad skills or a truck/vehicle with a trailer hitch.

Host: Red Dot Studio

Member Mixer at The House – San Francisco

Join us at The House by Tracy Simmons for our San Francisco Member Mixer! Explore a stunning collection of furniture, ceramics, photography, and accessories sourced from talented local artisans. Connect with other local GFDA Members and invite your friends to enjoy a summer night at this beautiful boutique!

Host: The House by Tracy Simmons + The GFDA

Annex Sale at FYRN Studio

Fyrn is going to be having their first Annex Sale ever!

Find items from the Fyrn Annex up to 50%, shop local wildflowers care of Marigold  + treat yourself to  Astranda Bakery ‘s acclaimed cinnamon Rolls! They’ll be pouring wines from Martha Stoumen + coffee at their espresso bar.

Reach them at info@fyrn.com for more details.

Host: Fyrn

Member Mixer at WallTawk Studio – Denver

Join us for our monthly mixer at WallTawk Studio Denver! Enjoy drinks and snacks while connecting with like-minded individuals from the community.  Feel free to invite friends in the industry who might be interested in joining the GFDA as well! Expand your professional network, see some new faces, and unwind Thursday evening. Hope to see you there!

Please contact Bailey Konieczka at  for more information.

Host: Walltawk Studios + The GFDA

“Do I Need This?” – Private Screening Fundraiser at Make It Home Bay Area

Joining our friends at Make It Home on for a private screening fundraiser of this award-winning documentary film created by Kate Schermerhorn and stick around for a Q&A session with Kate!

Experience a captivating exploration of American excess and the true essence of happiness.

All proceeds will benefit the clients they serve.

Host: Make it Home Bay Area

Watch The Trailer!

Climate Designers Community Gardening Day – Berkeley Spiral Gardens

Join our friends at the Climate Designers’ Community Gardening Day to get your hands in the dirt Sunday afternoon. Spiral Gardens Community Food Security Project transforms former railroad land into a resilient local food system, improving community health and sustainability through access to nutritious produce and promoting productive use of urban soil.

Host: Bay Area Climate Designers

Interactive Brunch at Fireclay Tile Showroom

Join us for a fun interactive brunch at Fireclay’s new Berkeley showroom. Fireclay is known for designing and hand-making tile in Northern California, while actively incorporating environmentally sustainable practices. Not only will you see their beautiful collection and learn from designers who specify custom tile for their projects, you’ll also get to design (and paint) one of your own!

Fireclay Showroom – Host: Emily Beal and The GFDA

The GFDA 2.0 Spring Conference – San Francisco

Join us for lively panel discussions on topics such as The Role of Low-Waste Products in our Built Environment, GFDA 2.0 and beyond: The Size of the Problem, and why should we care? Practical Strategies for Implementing a Low-Waste Design Project.

Watch on YouTube

The GFDA Q&A with Claudia Afshar

How did she do it? Listen in as Claudia Afshar shares how she tackled the waste problem in a huge reno project, & successfully diverted excess materials.

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The GFDA | Monthly Expert Q & A: with David Charne of Fyrn

We sit down with David Charne, one of the co-founders of Fyrn, to chat about the integral concept of prioritizing sustainablity.

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The GFDA | Monthly Expert Q & A: with Imani Hamilton

Network with Imani Hamilton — a sustainable design consultant for products and interiors. Hamilton utilizes sustainable design, materials, manufacturing, construction, and supply chain strategies to optimize for low carbon, low toxin, low waste, and circular outcomes.

WATCH ON YOUTUBE

Q+A – Recapturit | Larry LaMotte

SALVAGING & RECLAIMING – In Seattle, this team is finding a solution to a big waste problem.
LIVE 0&A with Larry LaMotte of Recapturit

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The GFDA | Àplat – Shujan Bertrand

Product Designer Shujan Bertrand believes in zero-waste practices in her daily work. She also want to make products for others to do the same.

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