Lori Weitzner entered the arts program at Syracuse University as an aspiring painter, a path she had dreamed of since early childhood. She credits a professor at the school with redirecting her away from fine arts and toward textiles, where, to her surprise, she discovered the beauty and complexity of working with the materials that embellish our everyday lives and elevate our spirits. Despite her instinctive understanding and mastery of color, her paintings “never would have made it into a gallery,” she now laughs. The same cannot be said of her textiles; examples of her work are housed in the permanent collections of museums such as the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Montreal, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City. Her innovative design techniques and use of surprising and beautiful environmentally-conscious materials have garnered her multiple design awards, including a nomination for the Chrysler Innovation Award.
Lori’s aesthetic is informed by her extensive travels and cross-cultural design experiences. After selling her textiles in cities across Europe, Lori focused her creative energies on package and product designs for brands such as Estee Lauder, Calvin Klein and Dansk. She established herself in the U.S. textiles market as the Design Director for Jack Lenor Larsen, after which she introduced Weitzner Limited, a line of innovative wallcoverings that are sold world-wide. Lori also has collaborated successfully with a number of businesses in the United States and abroad: Germany’s renowned Sahco, New York’s Samuel & Sons, for whom she designs passementerie as “jewelry for the home”, and most recently, Papyrus, which features her greeting cards made of hand-made papers.
Throughout her career, Lori has travelled to countries across the globe in search of materials, inspiration, techniques and artisans that create products blending tradition with cutting-edge design. Her fabrics and wallcoverings grace celebrity homes, including those of Julianne Moore and Will Ferrell, they have been used in costumes and sets for major motion pictures such as "Money Monster", “Gangs of New York” and “Mission Impossible.” They are also used in such eponymous commercial spaces as Google Headquarters, Saks Fifth Avenue and Wynn Hotels. She regularly lectures before audiences around the world on engaging the senses and finding inspiration in the world around us, both natural and man-made.
In December 2016, Harper Collins published Lori's first book, Ode to Color.