2005 Award Benefit And Auction
Honoring Charles Hollis Jones


Sunday, June 5, 2005
Sowden House
Los Angeles, CA

Designed by Lloyd Wright, 1926

The Museum of California Design’s 2005 Summer Benefit was held at one of California’s architectural treasures,
Lloyd Wright’s extraordinary Sowden House in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighborhood. This landmark 1926 Mayan Revival home was refurbished by its former owner Xorin Balbes, whose generosity made it possible for the museum's fundraiser to take place there.

Before an admiring crowd museum director Bill Stern presented the museum’s Distinguished Designer Award to Mr. Jones, who is renowned for his innovative Lucite® furniture and accessories. Jones’ work was exhibited in several of the California Design exhibitions held at the Pasadena Museum of Modern Art (now the Norton Simon Museum) in the 1970s, the Palm Springs Desert Museum in 2003 and numerous galleries across the country. In 2004 he received the Pacific Design Center’s "Star of Design Award."

We thank our sponsors, volunteers, donors, guests and other participants for making this event a great success.

Photo Gallery

                                                   Author/designer Michael Payne, Museum of California Design director Bill Stern
Honoree Charles Hollis Jones, artist and graphic designer
Felis Stella, photographer Leland Lee
Museum of California Design Advisory Council member Patricia Stich, Museum of California Design board member Judy Gregg Rosenman Museum of California Design board members Judy Gregg Rosenman, Alan Jaffe, Dr. Andrew Frank

Honoree Charles Hollis Jones, journalist Frances Anderton Benefit host Xorin Balbes Art consultant Edward Goldman, artist and graphic designer Felis Stella, gallerist Kiet Mai