By Julianne Taylor | February 1, 2016
I first met Lori Dennis at High Point Market after they received a press package from before the show. It was a simple package of Goo Goo Clusters with a hand-written notes from me stating, “we can’t wait to show you our new “Goo”dies at market!” I was so impressed that this busy lady personally came into my showroom to thank us for this kind gesture. I was enamored with Lori’s confidence and feel-good vibe. This strong woman was not afraid to help other women succeed. My kind of lady!
If you have attended any of the various furniture markets and home décor trade shows around the country, inevitably you’ve seen Lori Dennis, the designer behind the renowned workshop, Design Campus. Design Campus is a two day seminar for interior designers and design lovers. Internationally known for her appearances on HGTV, NBC, Oxygen and Food Network, not to mention the numerous articles in various publications, Dennis has spent decades educating designers and design enthusiast about interior design basics and more. On top of that Dennis is a published author who wrote best selling interior design book, Green Interior Design, filled with comprehensive resources for sustainable design. Dennis proudly serves as a brand ambassador, furniture and product designer, public speaker, mentor to the design community and has her own home accessories and décor line, Lori Dennis Home, with Unbreakable Glasses.
An interior designer in her own right, this powerhouse started her successful Los Angeles interior design firm in 1998. The Design Campus launches in 2012. Design Campus has evolved into an online resource for the architectural and design community. People are able to watch content in the comfort of their own office as well as communicate and engage with other in her field. Lori is proud to have changed the way designer communicate, conduct business and collaborate. Dennis has had the support of family and friends her entire career. She admits that 2008 economic change threw her for a loop. Dennis says,
When the downturn happened, I had to lay off my help and start all over again.” Dennis refocused her energy on writing her book, Green Interior Design, and spending time with her newborn daughter. In hindsight, the timing was perfect.
As a result of the exposure from her interior design work and Design Campus, Dennis has secured licensing deals with Jaipur Lifestyle, Tile Bar, Lori Dennis Home, Casa Catorce and Frates American Glass.