Celebrate: The Journey Fundraiser at the A+D Museum in L.A.
Author: Beth Dunlop
Those of us who write—or draw or compose or choreograph, among other pursuits—know that the creative process is a journey, and sometimes quite a long slog. But the A+D (Architecture and Design Museum) in Los Angeles is using the moment of its 12th anniversary to celebrate, rather than commiserate, with a one-of-a-kind runway show and auction at its May 11th fundraiser.
Some 40 designers have created “carry-on” bags that explore the limits of art and technology within the very specific parameters of the TSA’s approved size for onboard luggage. The list of participants is stellar, including the ever colorful and prolific Karim Rashid, the textile queen Kathryn Ireland and such well-regarded and sometimes venturesome L.A. architects as Steven Ehrlich, Craig Hodgetts (of Hodgetts + Fung), Koning Eizenberg and Lorcan O’Herlihy, as well as the provocatively named Design, Bitches (which is actually Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph).
The suitcases designed for Celebrate: The Journey stretch the imagination (and, most likely, the TSA’s, too), not to mention our appreciation for puns. Ehrlich’s Bag-Ette is a backpack shaped like—what else?—a baguette, and is designed to accommodate wine, cheese, olives and bread, all the better to picnic with. Also practical (well, maybe) is Venice Beach architect David Hertz’s design for Suit=Case, which is (as one might intuit) a suit that becomes, um, a suitcase.
Rashid, one of the first to complete the actual carry-on, designed a whimsical, amoeba-shaped chartreuse backpack (somehow it conjures up thoughts of that personal Muppet favorite, Kermit) which is filled with dinnerware (also green), and ready to be stuffed with food and drink for yet another Bacchanalian pursuit.
A+D sits on Wilshire Boulevard’s Museum Row across from the admirably expansive Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and looks at the city’s architecture through a unique lens—including (as its forthcoming exhibition “Windshield Perspective” attests) that filter so common to everyday life in L.A., the car window. There’s always a new way to view some of the world’s most common experiences.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://aplusd.org/celebrate2013.
Beth Dunlop is an architectue critic, author of numerous books and editor of Modern Magazine.