2015 Award Benefit and Auction
Honoring Frank Gehry

Overview of Frank Gehry tribute at JFChen@1135

At the Museum’s 12th Award Benefit we celebrated Frank Gehry at the chic new JF CHEN@1135 in the Highland Avenue Arts District.  We honored Mr. Gehry on October 25, 2015 not for his architecture, for which he has been amply recognized, but for 40 years of exceptional product designs. This red carpet event -- at which Mr. Gehry accepted the Museum’s Henry Award for outstanding contributions to American design -- included the installation, Frank Gehry: Forty Years of Product Design 1972-2012, the first-ever survey exhibition of Gehry-designed furniture, lighting, jewelry and objects.

Host Joel Chen and award presenter Frances Anderton were joined by celebrities from the architecture and design communities who enjoyed music by DubLab, luxurious comestibles by Private Chefs’ Network and a hosted libation bar featuring Wyborowa Vodka,  Josh Cellars wines, and spirits from Palm Bay International.

Guests at the Benefit received gift bags containing products by such prestigious brands as Apolis Global, Arts District Printing at Hammer & Spear, BCBG, Dean Leather, James Kendall, John Kelly Chocolates, Matteo Home, Phillip Lim and Studio Cue.

The live and silent auctions featured works of notable California designers and artists, among them Ed Ruscha, Frank Gehry, Gere Kavanaugh, Rudi Gernreich, Doyle Lane, Otto and Vivika Heino, John Van Hamersveld and Laura Andreson. The auctioneer was Peter Loughrey, founder and principal auctioneer of Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA).

The Benefit was sponsored by: JF Chen, The Jaffe Family, Smith+Firestone and Barbara Spark with additional support from Snyder Diamond, Kitchell and Haefele Design.

Henrik Torner and Shinwei Yen

Aaron Paley and Judith Teitelman

Barbara Spark

Ayala and Jennifer Chocron

Daniel Ostroff and Annie Albers

Deborah Levine and Sheila Tepper

Dr. Andrew Frank and Deborah Frank

Elizabeth Kellen

Kari Huinker and Laura Ann Masura of Laura Ann’s Jams

Bill Stern, Frank Gehry and Joel Chen

Frances Anderton, Frank Gehry and Bill Stern

During the auction, including Judith Hendler, Gerard O’Brien, Daniel Ostroff, Bianca Chen, Vance Martin, Steve Uribe, Laura Ann Masura, Gino Darnell, Frank Gargani and many others.

Alejandro Cohen of Dublab DJing at the benefit

Frank Gehry and Gere Kavanaugh

Bill Stern and Marilyn Austin

Frank Gehry with Michael Rachlin

Christine Anderson and Scott Schaefer

Margaret Chen with Emi and Takashi Yanai

Steven Linder with Joel Chen

Peter Loughrey, auctioneer: founder and president of Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Frank Gehry with Joan Agajanian Quinn

Frank Gehry with Joel Chen

Bill Stern, Frank Gehry, Jennifer, John and Nora Jaffe

Carol King with friends.

Student volunteers from Woodbury University
Photo credit: for all photos except as noted Picture Perfect