This Saturday evening, the Los Angeles design community will converge upon the Architecture and Design Museum (A+D) to celebrate its 13th year of cutting edge exhibitions and progressive architecture and design programs with its annual gala and fundraiser, “CELEBRATE: GROUNDSWELL,”.

We spoke with Julie Du Brow. Principal of dubroWorks, and Tibbie Dunbar, Executive Director of the A+D, this week to get a sneak peek of what we can look forward to at this must-attend event.

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.

Designers include returning participants Karim Rashid, Richard Meier & Partners, Don Chadwick (Herman Miller’s Aeron Chair designer), Steven Ehrlich, David Hertz, Neil Denari, Minarc, Warner Bros. Studios, and Gensler, among others. In addition A+D welcomes debuts by Arquitectonica, SPF:a, Michael Maltzan, Ogassian partnering with Ann Sacks, Sorensen Architects, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, LA-Más, KMNelson Design Inc., and West of West. For a full list, please click HERE.

The festivities will also include a silent auction, DJ Raul Campos of KCRW, “Facing the Music” live art performance by Gregory Adamson (piece to be auctioned), open bar sponsored by Tito’s Vodka and Asahi Beer, and Southern California cuisine. We already have our eyes on a few of the surf boards; now we just need to learn how to surf! Hoping we can bid on some surf lessons too…

For more information on the A+D Museum gala and to purchase tickets, click here.


superPAC makes debut with Design Milk in October

West is Best! Well… we may need to be somewhat careful of choosing sides here given our NY roots (although LA is still riding high with Kings fever and we give them props). BUT, we do, of course, LOVE west coast design and are excited to celebrate it with a special exhibition at this year’s edition of WestEdge. Jaime Derringer, Founder of Design Milk, is curating a must-see exhibition called superPAC featuring several of the best designers from throughout the North American Pacific coast.

The selected designers represent a large range of product categories including furniture, lighting, accessories, carpets and more. Here’s a list of the names you’ll see this October:

100xbetter — Los Angeles, CA
Brendan Ravenhill
— Los Angeles, CA
Brook & Lyn
— Los Angeles, CA
Eric Trine
— Long Beach, CA
Iacoli & McAllister
— Seattle WA
— Seattle, WA
— Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada
Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
— Seattle, WA
— Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Phloem Studio
— Portland, OR
Rachel Denny
— Beavercreek, OR
Standard Socket
— Seattle, WA
Aguiniga Design
— Los Angeles, CA
— Seattle, WA
— Los Angeles, CA
Zoe Pawlak
— Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Photo gallery above features: Graypants, Zoe Pawlak, urbancase, Iacoli & McAllister and Eric Trine.

Product imagery from all participating brands can be viewed on our WestEdge #superPACdesign Pinterest board
Stay tuned for more from Design Milk and #superPACdesign over the next few months. And we’ll let you be the judge of west coast design in October.