Event Preview: A Sneak Peek at Designs from the A+D Museum’s Upcoming Gala

Karim Rashid’s carry-on. Part of the presentation at the A +D Museum’s gala next month. Image courtesy Karim Rashid. Get ready to Celebrate the Journey! The A + D Museum’s annual gala is less than a month away (May 11) and promises to be even bigger and better than ever. Besides a curated silent auction, music by KCRW DJ Raul Campos, food and drink, the evening will feature the presentation and sale of one-of-a-kind carry-ons—inspired by this year’s theme: Celebrate: The Journey. To create the bags, the museum tapped some of the world’s leading designers, artists and architects—including Karim Rashid, Steven Ehrlich, and BMW Designworks USA to name just a few.

As an exclusive for our readers, we asked several of this year’s participants to talk a bit about their favorite journeys, what they can’t live without on a trip and what sparked their designs for this year’s presentation.

Karim Rashid

What is your favorite journey?

My favorite escape is bed. I love to draw, work, watch, read, and listen to music, in bed. I think it is spending countless nights in hotels that has made me used to being in the bed to do all my activities. Also I go to Miami Beach or Playa del Carmen, Mexico or Belgrade with my wife where we have apartments—we usually go about 10 times a year.

I am inspired by every city I have traveled to, by my childhood, my education, by all my teachers I have ever had, by every project I have worked on, by every book I have read, by every art show I have seen, by every song I have heard, by every smell, every taste, sight, sound, and feeling. Not having travelled, not having been exposed to the diversity of the world, would certainly affect my designs. Traveling keeps my life streamlined—I travel with less and less and therefore learn to need less in my life.

A rendering from Mehrdad Yazdani / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design. Image courtesy Mehrdad Yazdani / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design.

Mehrdad Yazdani / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

What is your favorite journey?

Paris—I share a special connection to Paris as it is the place I have traveled most with my daughter. She attended a private, French-speaking school in Los Angeles and now speaks French fluently. It is wonderful to be immersed in the rich, creative culture—art, architecture, design, and fashion—heightened by the fact that my daughter can converse so easily with everyone and bring me closer to the center of discussions.

What is your must-have travel accessory?

My sketchbook – I really cannot be without it. In its simplest form it allows for a creative “catch-all” for idea generation, iteration, and resolution. It also provides me with a wonderful chronology for my thoughts and explorations—I am currently on my 31st book and I frequently refer back to older volumes to see how my process has evolved or simply as a reminder of thoughts and experiences.

What was your inspiration for your carry-on piece for A+D?

We were inspired by the seductive forms of nature. Specifically, we were intrigued by larval shells or cocoons as the basis for our design. Through exploration of the composition of larval structures, we set out to create a piece of luggage that would explore the variable relationship between traveler and travel length. A single case will possess the flexibility to resize depending on the purpose and duration of travel – paralleling building envelope systems which adapt to different program and environmental conditions.

BMW DesignworksUSA 

What was the inspiration for your carry-on piece for A + D?

Our fantasies and dreams, and the promises of the future. Adventure, discovery and effortless beauty.

Fitzsu

What is your must-have travel accessory?

A great partner.

What was your inspiration for your carry-on piece for A+D?

The Traveling Museum Picnic is symbolic of our original concept for the Fitzsu Society, which was developed while picnicking in the Pyrenees on our honeymoon. We have discovered that creativity is often like a picnic and nourished by your surroundings and the tools in which you choose to use to accomplish the task at hand. The carry-on piece we have created to celebrate the A + D Museum incorporates work by Timo Sarpaneva, Alvar Aalto, Antonio Citterio, Joe Colombo, Richard Meier, Peter Raacke and others. The selection process was simple, this one of a kind case contains the tools we use everyday in our home, The Living Design Store. These items are tested tried and true in their beauty and function. It should be understood that if the future caretaker of the Travel Museum Picnic does not use the device, the project is a failure. Like a picnic, a journey and life it should be enjoyed. The Traveling Museum Picnic contains everything needed to enjoy a picnic including Timo Sarpaneva dinnerware, Joe Colombo glasses, Peter Raacke flatware, an Ettore Sottsass condiment set, a Marcel Wanders wine coaster, an Eric Magnussen vacuum jug, and an Alvar Aalto vase among other things.  

Le Bag-ette, Steven Erhlich’s contribution to the A + D Museum gala. Image courtesy Steven Ehrlich.Steven Ehrlich

What is your favorite journey?

The year (1972/1973) I took a journey crossing the Sahara Desert into West Africa. There, I learned about the wisdom of vernacular architecture. In 2012, I spent a month in Rajasthan, India, which was an amazing assault on all of the senses.

What is your must-have travel accessory?

iPhone and charger

What was your inspiration for your carry-on piece for A+D?

I love picnics and fresh baked baguette…. “Voila, Le Bag-ette!”

Kathryn M. Ireland

What’s your favorite journey? 

My favorite escape is to my farm in Southern France . . . the time difference, no phone calls, little talking and having time to myself is heaven.

What is your must-have travel accessory?

I carry my faithful Vuitton and my Kathryn M. Ireland tote bag. 

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