Monday, April 29, 2013

Architecture and Design Museum Gala on May 11th

I am honored to have been asked to participate in this amazing event !
It's gonna be the bomb digitty bomb!

CELEBRATE is A+D Architecture and Design Museum - Los Angeles’ annual gala that brings together design leaders and creative thinkers from around the world. This year on May 11 we will toast the artistic journey that fuels great design. The centerpiece of this unforgettable evening will be the presentation and sale of one-of-a-kind carry-ons – suitcases, vintage train cases, modern day satchels, futuristic jet-paks and more – designed and imagined by noted architects and designers. The festivities will also include a curated silent auction, international cuisine, music, drink and more! See list below for the Suitcase Designers, more on silent auction items A+D Museum website . 

I was asked to design and fabricate a one-of-a-kind Carry-on. 
Here's what I designed and fabricated.  I call it "Clearly my Carry-on".

My Design Inspiration :  Vintage suitcases, brass and lucite....I love them, so I drew my inspiration from there to design my carry-on with a twist.  Lucite is timeless.  Lucite has a nostalgic vibe and is futuristic at the same time. I imagine having a clear carry on could be fun. Don't you?  It's bold, maybe a little edgy, but also very chic. Why not make it easier for airport security and the x-ray machine at the airport. Not to mention, it would be very hard to mistake your carry-on from anyone else’s, hence the name “ Cleary my Carry-on” 

The evening will feature a runway presentation of one-of-a-kind carry-on suitcases, imagined, designed, and donated by world-renowned artists, architects and designers, including Karim Rashid, Steven Ehrlich, Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, Christobal Valecillos, BMW DesignworksUSA, Fentress, Frederick Fisher & Partners, Kathryn M. Ireland, Trip Haenisch, and Craig Hodgetts of Hodgetts + Fung. (Complete list follows at end of release.) The only restriction is that the artwork conforms to the allowable TSA-designated carry-on luggage size. Modeled performance-style during the event, the pieces will then be available for purchase as part of that night’s premier silent auction. All proceeds benefit A+D Museum. The evening will be emceed by actor and TV host (Alter Eco/Discovery-Planet Green) Boise Thomas, while KCRW DJ Raul Campos returns to spin tunes all evening.

Can't wait to see the amazing artwork these creatives created.  Tickets to this amazing event is selling out quick !  Get your tickets here.

Adams Morioka
Chris Barrett
BMW DesignworksUSA
Studio Tim Campbell
Steven Ehrlich
Escalante Architects
Fentress Architects
Berenika Boberska, Feral Office
Frederick Fisher & Partners
April Greiman and Michael Rotondi
Trip Haenisch
David Hertz
Heydey Partnership
Hodgetts & Fung
Brad Howe
Erica Islas, EMI Interior Design
Kao Pao Shu
Kathryn M. Ireland
Karten: Design
John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
Kirkpatrick Architects
Dan Meis
Lehrer Architects + Arktura
Lorcan O’Herlihy
Gary Paige
Karim Rashid
Jennifer Schanen Rider with Luz Mercado
Gwen Samuels
Selbert Perkins Design
Paola Tassara, Studio BRASA
Cristobal Valecillos
The Warner Group Architects, Inc. + Artist Simon Raab
wHY Architecture
WRKSHP Partners
Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design 

P.S. Thank You very much Andres for helping me fabricate my vision and also for styling the photo shoot !  You are a amazing !  XO


  1. i love your suitcase design! i'm a bit obsessed with anything lucite :-) congrats!


    1. Thank you Kelly :) I appreciate you leaving a comment . Very sweet of you.
      I agree , Lucite is pretty HOT ! I LOVE it too . I Enjoyed your reading your blog . Take Care ! -E

  2. Erica: I love it and gosh I want it!!! Anyway, the photoshoot came out great and you look tre chic...good luck with all of it (from your east coast friend, blog travel buddy), tamara

    1. Thank you Tamara :) I appreciate you stopping by to leave a comment my East coast gal pal ! XoXo

  3. Your carry-on is displayed in an article in this month's Luxe magazine....!