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"Big Basket" Chair
"Big Basket" Chair, Designed 2012
Designed by Ola Gillgren, Swedish
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Collab: Supporters of Modern & Contemporary Design

Connect with leading designers, hear about the newest trends first, and learn about the latest products and processes while you support the museum’s modern and contemporary design collection.

Since 1970, Collab has contributed outstanding examples of unique and mass-produced design objects to our collection, hosted design luminaries from five continents, and provided tours, lectures, and publications that make design accessible to the public.

Collab members engage with the world of design together through exclusive programming, virtually and in person, including the Collab Design Excellence Award and Collab Student Design Competition.

Kathryn B. Hiesinger, J. Mahlon Buck, Jr. Family Senior Curator of European Decorative Arts after 1700, provides curatorial oversight.


Keep an eye on your in-box for invitations to events like these:

The oldest festival of its kind in the United States, DesignPhiladelphia highlights the work of local designers, architects, and creative professionals. Collab members get an inside view with a special program hosted in collaboration with the museum.

Student Design Competition
What does the next generation imagine for the future of design? Every year, college-level industrial design students respond to a unique challenge that affects daily life. The best designs are showcased virtually or in the museum.

Design Excellence Award Party
Collab’s annual Design Excellence Award honors a designer of international renown with a celebration and exhibition at the museum. This signature event has brought design icons to Philadelphia since 1986.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours
Enjoy guided tours and demonstrations from the museum experts who care for objects in the design collection.

Studio and Makerspace Visits
Get an insider glimpse into the rise of Philadelphia’s growing maker community with visits to the studios where great design is happening today.

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Join Collab

Become a Collab member at the $125 level and support acquisitions, exhibitions, publications, and programs. Collab membership is available exclusively to museum members. To join or renew, first select your membership level and then check Collab under Enhancements.

Contact Us

For more information about Collab, please email .