Meet the real people we love who make life more beautiful…one step at a time.

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KATIE COLLIER

CREATOR AND CHEF OF KATIE'S PIZZA & PASTA

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MARTIN GOEBEL

WOODWORKER AND FOUNDER OF GOEBEL & CO FURNITURE

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KATIE COLLIER

Chef Katie Collier talks inspirations, what drives her and the styles that keep her moving.

For Katie Collier, life is about more than simply creating great food. The Midwestern chef and entrepreneur has focused her life’s work around a passion for crafting beautiful moments among family and friends. Known for her modern interpretation of regional Italian cuisine using local, seasonal ingredients, Katie is in her element the minute she walks into her kitchen.

“We want to look back and know that we innovated and changed the way people eat.”

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Phrase to describe your vision:

Impossible craziness

Secret of your craft:

I move quickly.

A tool you can’t live without:

Tongs

The one thing that makes your work possible:

A supportive family

Best way to get inspired:

By taking a walk

Favorite thing to do when you're not creating:

Fishing with my husband

Greatest influence:

My father

Three words that describe you:

Adventurous, visionary and caring

Something that moves you:

Nature

Podcast you’re listening to now:

Ted Talks

Book you've read more than once:

The Silver Spoon

Artist you admire:

My husband, Ted

Your personal playlist:

Van Morrison

Places on your travel bucket list:

Iceland, Copenhagen, Australia, Bali and France

When and where you’re happiest:

With my family

Three words that describe your personal style:

Playful, elegant and feminine

One thing in your closet you can’t live without:

A really good white t-shirt

Advice you would give to your younger self:

Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.

The thing you are most looking forward to:

Launching my new company, Vero Pasto Meal Kit, and seeing how that evolves.

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MARTIN GOEBEL

Designer and woodworker Martin Goebel shares his mission, vision and the things that keep him moving.

The secret to Martin Goebel’s craft? Obsession. The Midwestern entrepreneur and artist’s passion for woodworking is reflected in furniture that is both elegant and simplistic. Using new technology like 3-D printing and traditional techniques, Martin’s pieces are an all-encompassing labor of love. “I’m trying to create an idealized version of the world through my work,” he says. “We create furniture that allows people to have a better life.”

“We create furniture that allows people to have a better life.”

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Best way to stay inspired:

Have a unique experience.

When and where you’re happiest:

In my woodworking shop.

Favorite part of your process:

When the person I’ve been creating for sees the piece of furniture for the first time.

Artist you admire:

Esteban Del Valle

Favorite thing to do when you're not creating:

Cooking

Greatest influence:

My family

Phrase to describe your vision:

Elegance through simplicity

Typical start to your day:

Rolling out of bed and mainlining to coffee

One word that describes you:

Impulsive

One word that describes your personal style:

Simple

Book you’ve read more than once:

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

Your personal playlist:

I’m a huge Johnny Cash fan.

Place on your travel bucket list:

San Sebastián in the Basque country region of France and Spain

Something that moves you:

Meeting other people who’ve done things that I’ve done in a completely different industry.

Advice you would give to your younger self:

Calm down

The thing you are most looking forward to:

Life slowing down

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