This Weekend: Buy a Piece of Design History at the Karim Rashid Pop-Up Shop


If  you’ve ever fancied adding to your Karim Rashid collection of Method soap dispensers and Umbra garbage cans, then we insist you grab your wallet and head to the Karim Rashid Pop Up Shop + Collector’s Auction at the Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles.

The A+D Museum has assembled a collection of Karim Rashid prototypes, drawings, limited edition and unique objects that trace the famed designer’s history from his first solo design showpieces at IDEE Tokyo in 1997 to original concept sketches for Umbra, Emeco, Issey Miyake, and more, created subsequently for gallery exhibitions in New York and Milan.

Everything you see has been donated by Rashid himself and a private collector. Each item will be either for sale or a part of a silent no-reserve auction, with prices ranging from $50 to $12,000, with the majority of the items valued at $2,500. Silent auction bidders could walk away with a real bargain, as the starting amounts will average about a third of the “Buy It Now” price. No matter which item you take home, it is guaranteed to be a prototype, one-off, or limited edition artwork, and, most likely, the envy of your friends. Even better? Proceeds will go to benefit A+D Museum’s education programs.

The pop up shop is largely the endeavor of A+D’s Business & Development Director, David Shearer, who sees it as “a way to disseminate good design.” The founder of Totem Design Group, Shearer gave Rashid his first retrospective at the group’s Tribeca gallery in 1999, when he had 30 products in production. Thirteen years later, Rashid has over 3,000 designs in production.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to own a candy-colored piece of design history. Opening reception Friday, May 4 from 6-8 p.m. Shop open during reception; Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 from 12-6 p.m. $5 for adults, $2 for seniors and students, free for members and children under 12. Members receive a Pop Up Shop discount. A+D Museum, 6032 Wilshire Blvd, LA.

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