What’s On My Desk: Executive Director of the Los Angeles A+D Architecture and Design Museum Tibbie Dunbar

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Image1NEWEver wonder what the most powerful leaders, business execs and celebrities keep on their desks? Well, we’re about to tell you. Our biweekly “What’s on My Desk” feature will take a look inside the offices and at the desks of the world’s most influential power players.

This week we’ve featured Tibbie Dunbar, the Executive Director of the Los Angeles A+D Architecture and Design Museum. In her eight years on the job, Tibbie has developed the A+D into an active center of architecture and design, launching cutting-edge programming in education, symposia, musical arts performances, cultural urbanism, interactive platforms, and the creation of an installation space where architects, designers, and artists are invited in to conceive on-site projects. In her role as director, Tibbie has guided the Board in their fundraising efforts, raising more than $1 million for the museum. Though she is busy planning the May 11th gala, Celebrate: The Journey, which will feature a runway presentation of one-of-a-kind carry-ons as designed by Karim Rashid, Steven Ehrlich, Gensler, BMW Designworks, Kathryn Ireland, Cristobal Valecillos, and Hodgetts + Fung, Tibbie took some time to sit down with Haute Living and discuss the items on her desk.

Says Dunbar: “My office is not Feng Shui.  I face a wall with more walls all around me.  I am not putting in mirrors, as was once suggested, to mitigate the situation.  Instead I have happily cluttered my wall and shelves with objects and images that inspire me.”

  • Holiday cards from architect and designer friends that capture color and whimsy.  There is also a unifying tone to the collection.  I guess I am always creating a collage around me.
  • Drawings and notes by my kids because…well they’re my kids!
  • Doodles by me…I do these while on telephone calls and I promise I actually listen better when doodling.
  • An image of Charles and Ray Eames at their Mathematica exhibition.  What else really needs to be said.
  • A thank you poem from renowned designer Deborah Sussman.  We surprised her with a birthday party here at A+D Museum and she sent out this wonderful thank you in verse.
  • Above, on one of my shelves, is a “TOOT-A-LOOP” radio by Panasonic.  I picked this up in a vintage store and yes, I had one as a teenager…only I think it was red.
  • “CELEBRATE” sticker in shape of a suitcase is my current inspiration for our “Celebrate: The Journey” Gala, which is tomorrow as far as everyone here is concerned!   But may I invite you all for the actual May 11 date!

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