Recently I was asked to be a part of the Architecture + Design Museum Los Angeles gala planning committee for the annual fundraiser coming up on Saturday, May 11. The gala CELEBRATE: The Journey will feature a runway presentation of one-of-a-kind “Carry-Ons” – suitcases, vintage train cases, modern day satchels, futuristic jet-packs, and more – designed by artists, architects and designers. A travel-related theme will weave throughout the event’s proceedings.
The only restriction designers face is that their creation conforms to the allowable TSA-designated carry-on luggage size (22” x 14” x 9” or 45” maximum linear length). These donated pieces will be shown during the evening’s program and will be available for purchase via silent auction with all proceeds benefiting the A+D Museum. We have a great roster of architects and designers contributing their time and creativity to the cause.
For the May 2013 CELEBRATE, A+D is celebrating the creative journey and how it is informed by experience, imagination, and a unique vision. “We cannot wait to see what our design leaders and creative thinkers from around the world bring to this,” states Museum Executive Director Tibbie Dunbar. “Last year’s CELEBRATE was sold out and tripled in attendance from the previous year. With over 40 luminaries’ creations, the presentation, and the auction, our 2013 Gala should be just as amazing! We are so fortunate to have the kind of support—from donors to attendees—that helps us continue to offer high-quality exhibitions and events that explore and celebrate how design touches our daily lives.” Over 600 guests attended last year’s event, Celebrate: The Wearable, and we expect even more this year.
The video above and this link provide a terrific overview of the 2012 event.
Established in response to the need for a space that would be devoted expressly to the exhibition of progressive architecture and design in Los Angeles, A+D Museum opened its doors in January 2001 in the Bradbury Building, one of downtown Los Angeles’ premier landmark buildings. Now located on Los Angeles’ Museum Row, A+D remains the only museum in the city where continuous exhibits of architecture and design are on view.
Through exhibits, symposia, multi-disciplinary projects, educational and community programming, A+D serves as a showcase for the work of important regional, national and international designers, providing a forum for contemporary issues in architecture, urbanism, and design that are helping to shape the city. Support from corporations, community businesses, foundations and individuals ensure the continued vitality of what KCRW’s Architecture and Design programming director Frances Anderton heralded as a “very real force in the city.”
Purchase gala tickets here.
Take a look at some of the Carry-On designs already submitted.
We are very much looking forward to the event and seeing all the creative contributions from the Los Angeles design community. I’ll be sharing more details as the event gets closer, so stay tuned!!