For design enthusiasts in the US, the annual show at the Philadelphia Art Museum, which comes to celebrate the Design Excellence Award given to a major figure in the design world, is an anticipated event. This year, the recipient is Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman emeritus at Vitra. Established in 1950, the family-owned Swiss company is one of the most innovative design firms in the world, known for its interior designs, furniture, and accessories. Among its more legendary creative partners are Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, and Verner Panton, and its ensemble of contemporary buildings, museum, collections, and archives have made an immense contribution to the pantheon of modern design. In 1957, Vitra founders Willi and Erika Fehlbaum rooted the company in the US by licensing furniture for the European market from Herman Miller, including designs by the Eameses and George Nelson. Each year Collab, a group that supports the Museum’s modern and contemporary design collection honors a design professional who has made significant contributions to the field.