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Design the Life You Love, with Ayse Birsel

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Thursday, April 13
05:30 PM
Berg Event Space
1525 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108
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Design the Life You Love, with Ayse Birsel

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Thursday, April 13
05:30 PM
Berg Event Space
1525 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108
$30
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Design the Life You Love, with Ayse Birsel

Presented by the Knoll constellation of brands; DIRTT; and Spaces, Inc.

Our life is our biggest project! At a time when everything is changing so fast, the traditional roadmaps to a good life are disappearing. This is an incredible challenge, but also an amazing opportunity—so why not create your own roadmap and design yourself an original life?

Join Ayse for an interactive and playful masterclass. Learn a proven design thinking process, Deconstruction:Reconstruction, as Ayse leads you through exercises that help to understand your personal priorities, identify your heroes and core values, and visualize the life you want to live.

Design the Life You Love workshops were “sold out” at Fast Company Innovation Festival 2016, 99U Conferences 2016, 2015, 2014 and AdobeMax 2015, 2014.

“What took design so long to tackle the most important of all projects? It took Ayse Birsel, a designer who knows how to find elegant solutions for complex issues not only when it comes to products, but also when it comes to everybody’s search for serenity, inspiration, and fulfillment in life.”

Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture & Design, Museum of Modern Art

Ticket Details
$30 in advance | $40 at door
Drinks and appetizers included in ticket price.

Event Schedule
05:30 PM: Registration
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM: Masterclass




  • Ayse Birsel

    Ayse Birsel is the Co-founder and Creative Director of the award-winning design and innovation studio, Birsel+Seck, and the creator of Design the Life You Love, a coursework and book that teaches non-designers how to create a meaningful life using her design process, Deconstruction:Reconstruction™, and its tools. Born in Izmir, Turkey, Ayse came to the US in 1986 to attend Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY on a Fulbright Scholarship. Since then she has called New York her home, living there with her husband and partner, Bibi Seck, and their three children, who continue to inspire her life's design. Ayse was selected by Fast Company as one of the Most Creative People in Business in 2017. She is also the recipient of numerous awards including the 2001 Young Designers Award from the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Athena Award for Excellence in Furniture Design from Rhode Island School of Design. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art. aysebirsel.com
  • Sponsors

    We are grateful to our Presenting Sponsor, the Knoll constellation of brands; DIRTT; and Spaces, Inc. for their generous sponsorship of “Design the Life You Love.”
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