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Collab is a group of design professionals and enthusiasts who support modern and contemporary design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Members experience great design year-round through exhibition previews, design-inspired field trips, special access to the Museum’s world-class design collection, lectures, and opportunities to meet and learn from design curators and visionaries.

Join Collab
Become a Collab member or buy a gift membership for a friend or family member who is passionate about design. Membership contributions fund Collab activities and support acquisitions, exhibitions, publications, and programs. Collab benefits include:
  • Invitations to special Collab events
  • Discounts on ticketed Collab events, including the annual Collab Design Excellence Award, lecture, and gala
  • Discounts on design books in the Museum Store
  • Bragging rights for supporting one of the world’s largest and most important modern and contemporary design collections as well as the wider community of design students and professionals

Membership in Collab is available exclusively to members of the Museum.
Once you select your membership level, please check Collab under Enhancements.

Programs and Events
Guided by its mission to create engaging experiences that educate and inspire, Collab brings you into the center of the design revolution. Events include previews and curator-led tours of exhibitions in the Collab Gallery in the Museum’s Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, lectures, publications, design-inspired field trips, the Student Design Competition, and our signature program, the prestigious annual Design Excellence Award.

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Emeco - First Let's Make Things That Last
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Perelman Media Room; Gallery Café

Gregg Buchbinder, president and CEO of Emeco, will discuss the remarkable history of his furniture company that was commissioned by the U.S. Navy during World War II to design chairs that could withstand water, salt air, and sailors. Under Buchbinder's direction, Emeco has collaborated with internationally renowned designers - among them Philippe Starck, Frank Gehry, and Norman Foster - with the goal of finding innovative ways to create environmentally responsible products that use waste materials and less energy in the manufacturing process. Chairs created by Emeco in collaboration with Bruce Mau and Coca-Cola are featured in the current exhibition Work on What You Love: Bruce Mau Rethinking Design. A Collab members-only reception will follow.


Design Excellence Award
Photograph by Clint Blowers

Collab Design Excellence Award

Each year Collab presents the Design Excellence Award to a design professional or manufacturer whose impact on the field is inspirational. Past recipients have included Rolf Fehlbaum, Marc Newson, Paula Scher and Seymour Chwast, Zaha Hadid, Alberto Alessi, Marcel Wanders, and Frank O. Gehry.

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Collab's 2015 Design Excellence Award

On November 20, 2015, Collab will honor Bruce Mau, branding and design visionary and this year's recipient of Collab's prestigious award. Mau applies his innovative methods to the environmental and social concerns of clients that range from countries (Guatemala and Panama) to institutes of higher learning (Arizona State University) and corporations (Coca-Cola and Emeco).

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The Student Design Competition

For more than twenty years the annual Collab Student Design Competition has been an exceptional opportunity for college students to network with peers, meet the global design leaders who are judging their work, and experience the rigor of competition. Their assignment: to design an object inspired by the work of that year’s Design Excellence Award recipient.

2015 Student Design Competition: Selfie

Samantha Siermine, <i>Quiet Creativity</i>, Moore College of Art & Design, First Place
View the 2015 Student Design Competition winners.
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Collab held its Twenty-Third Annual College Student Design Competition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Monday, November 16, 2015. The competition was held in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Work on What You Love: Bruce Mau Rethinking Design celebrating the work of branding and design visionary Bruce Mau – recipient of Collab’s 2015 Design Excellence Award.

Regardless of your design discipline, your brand is your most important asset. Students are challenged to design a personal identity program that will capture their essence, amplify differentiation, fuel recognition of work, and help attract future clients/collaborators. Seize every opportunity to make an indelible impression on the world.

Alan Jacobson, Alina Wheeler, Jedd Davis, Dan King, Ken Carbone

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For more information, please contact Development by phone at 215-684-7750, by fax at 215-236-0796, or by e-mail at .

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