Losing is Good for You, Sometimes: DnA to Receive "Henry Award" at MOCAD Event Today

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web site for cialis Some of you may have read an article in the New York Times last month that got an enormous response. It was called “Losing is Good…

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Some of you may have read an article in the New York Times last month that got an enormous response. It was called “Losing is Good For You” and it was about how children these days are constantly assured they are winners and how bad this is for them.

The article contained amazing factoids like: “One Maryland summer program gives awards every day — and the “day” is one hour long.”

Or, “In Southern California, a regional branch of the American Youth Soccer Organization hands out roughly 3,500 awards each season — each player gets one, while around a third get two. Nationally, A.Y.S.O. local branches typically spend as much as 12 percent of their yearly budgets on trophies.” (Now I know where that registration money went!)

I was fully in agreement with this article, believing that life is good – at any age — if your work is its own reward – or “award.”

Having said that, it is always flattering to actually receive an award, especially when it puts one in the company of California’s Designing Women, Peter Shire, Rudi Gernreich, Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman and Charles Hollis Jones.

These are just some of the past recipients of MOCAD’s annual Henry Award and I am very honored to join that line-up and receive that plaque today — designed in acrylic by Charles Hollis Jones — at a benefit for MOCAD this afternoon. The award is for “Outstanding Contributions to California Design in commemoration of the beginning of the second decade of her KCRW radio program “DnA: Design and Architecture.”

MOCAD is a uniquely LA design institution, essentially a mobile museum founded by Bill Stern, historian, curator and design buff around town, who fell in love with California pottery in the early 80s and has not looked back (he has been a guest on several DnA shows, most recently here.) He creates exhibitions, and holds an annual fundraiser that is in itself a design event, always held in an alluring place and featuring an auction of design collectibles. The award will be presented by Sammy Hoi, President of Otis College of Art and Design.

Today’s benefit will be attended by a galaxy of people from LA’s design world — if they can tear themselves away from WestEdge, Indiecade, and all the other enticements on this hot weekend. It is being held from 2:30 to 5:30 PM in a late modern home by architects Conrad Buff III and Don Hensman, designed in 1979 for Richard King and Carol Soucek King on one and three-quarter acres adjacent to Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco parkland. The Kings’ home has been designated a Historic Monument by the City of Pasadena and will be given to the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture to become the USC Carol Soucek King and Richard King Center for Architecture, Arts and the Humanities.

Carol Soucek King is the author of many books on design, mostly recently, “Under the Bridges at Arroyo del Rey: The Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life.” Richard King is a businessman and philanthropist who co-founded GoGreen Solutions and Business Renaissance Institute.

I am grateful for their hospitality and hope to see you there!