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Los Angeles A+D Museum celebrates surf-inspired design

Photo Courtesy: A+D Groundswell 2014



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A+D's annual gala preps for surf themed creativity

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 May, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA –  This year, A+D celebrates California’s beach communities, which have for years been a mecca for—and inspiration to—artists, craftspeople, designers, and architects.

Continuing the legendary runway presentations for which A+D’s annual CELEBRATE gala has now become known, the 2014 event will feature custom surfboards, boogie boards, and skateboards created by local and international architects, designers, and artists expressly for the A+D fundraiser.
Designers include returning participants Karim Rashid,Richard Meier & Partners, Don Chadwick (Herman Miller’s Aeron Chair designer), Steven Ehrlich, David Hertz, Neil Denari, KMNelson Design Inc., Minarc, Warner Bros. Studios, and Gensler, among others.

A+D welcomes debuts by Arquitectonica, SPF:a, Michael Maltzan,Ogassian partnering with Ann Sacks, Sorensen Architects,Rios Clementi Hale Studios, LA-Más, and West of West.
The “groundswell” concept this year is also dedicated to the surge of community support extended to the Museum since it landed on Museum Row in 2010, which is evidenced by A+D’s momentum in attendance, membership and its ever-expanding slate of events and programs.

A premier, sun n’ surf-themed silent auction will also take place during the event. All donated pieces (modeled and displayed) will be auctioned that evening, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Museum.

The festivities will include DJ Raul Campos of KCRW, open bar sponsored by Tito’s Vodka and Asahi Beer, and Southern California cuisine, as well as the return of last year’s emcee, actor Boise Thomas, and a special appearance by Madison Hildebrand,Luxury Realtor on Bravo TV’s “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles”.

“For every A+D gala, we challenge our design leaders to venture out of their comfort zone; creating a wearable item, their ultimate carry-on, or this year, a surf-inspired pièce de résistance!” states Museum Director Tibbie Dunbar.

“We love that top creative thinkers push boundaries and explore new design territories, creating works for A+D Museum’s CELEBRATE gala that reflect the kind of expansive architecture and design exhibitions A+D provides the region.”
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 and continues to be the only museum in the country where continuous exhibits of architecture and design are on view.
Sponsors for “CELEBRATE: GROUNDSWELL” include: our BIG KAHUNA – All Coast Construction; BAD ASS surfers – Metropolis magazine and The Ratkovich Company; everyone HANG TEN – HBO, Angeleno Magazine, and Room & Board; catching the AWESOME wave – Occidental Petroleum Corp., Blueprint, Los Angeles Art Collective, Richard Frinier Collection, Selbert Perkins, and Snyder Diamond. They are soCHERRY – The Agency, bulthaup Corporation, The Broad Foundation, Dwell on Design, Englekirk Partners Consulting, Lehman-Goodyear Family, MATT Construction, Montalba Architects, Morley Builders, RJC Builders, Haworth,, Hathaway Dinwiddie, and Rachlin Partners.

Special thanks to COLAB Architecture + Urban Design, O’NEILL, Paul Mitchell, and SICKY Eyewear. Room & Board will provide event design services and furnishings. Bang & Olufsen Pasadena will provide audio services. The bar is compliments of Tito’s Vodka and Asahi Beer.

Julie Du Brow

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