Petz left Luxembourg in 2000 to study eco-design at Goldsmiths College in London. Her work took her to the UK, the small Tanzanian island Pemba, the Netherlands, New York City and to Barcelona where she has been living since 2004. There she met Graham Hill in 2005 and since then wrote almost 500 articles for TreeHugger. Some of her projects as an eco-designer are the R3project, the StuffBump and We Need More Trees cards. You can see more of her previous work on Pöko Design.
Petz believes in design for people, planet and profit, connecting people and eating local food. She loves simplicity, good design and fairness, making practical and fun things, bringing people together (the more the better), traveling, speaking 5.5 languages, scuba diving, open air parties, and her wormcompost on the balcony.
Since 2013 she is bringing all of this together under one project: yök Casa + Cultura. Casa stands for eco-friendly tourist accommodation and Cultura reflects the true local culture in Barcelona. yök (from the Catalan word “lloc” meaning “place”) will be a social hub where visitors and locals come together to share good design and a sustainable lifestyle. The eco-renovation of the over 100-year-old space has started in February 2014 and yök hopes to open this summer.