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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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Collab Spring Trip: An Insider's Look at Knoll
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Paid reservations required
Collab members and guests: $65 per person. Transportation, snacks, and lunch will be provided.

Knoll is a constellation of design-driven brands and people, working together with their clients to create inspired modern interiors. Join fellow Collab members on the floor of the factory that has furnished the most important commercial interiors of the last half-century. Follow the furniture production line, watch chairs subjected to stress testing, and peruse the hundreds of textiles used for upholsteries. Following the tour, enjoy a picnic lunch on Knoll grounds.

8:30 a.m. Bus departs from Museum's West Entrance
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Plant tour, presentation, lunch
4:00 p.m. Return to Museum

RSVP by April 26 to 215-684-7768 or friendsrsvp@philamuseum.org
Space is limited. Complimentary parking will be available in the Museum garage.

Exhibition Tour: Channeling Nature by Design
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Collab Gallery
Reservations required
Collab members RSVP to Development at 215-684-7750.

Join exhibition curator Colin Fanning for an exclusive, Collab members-only tour of Channeling Nature by Design.

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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.


Past recipients of this prestigious award >>




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.


2016 Student Design Competition: For Kids Only

First Place: Eugene Chang, Parsons School of Design, for <i>Noodleloo</i>
View the 2016 Student Design Competition winners.
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The 2016 Collab Student Design Competition took place on Monday, November 14, 2016. This annual event is held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and provides a unique opportunity for regional university design students to experience competition outside the classroom and to receive valuable feedback from nationally recognized industry leaders.

Brief
Design an object (a toy, piece of furniture or combination of the two) for a child, under the age of 10, which is predominantly made of a single material. The material must be utilized in a non-traditional, unexpected manner.

Judges
Caroline Tiger, Jaime Salm, Lisa Mahar, Jackie Promislo, Caroline Kim


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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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