Blog

designfeed
news + commentary on design

2013 Festival

December 13, 2013
This year, we have educated thousands of people about the role that design plays in our everyday lives through educational programming like Creating with Constraints - our spring lecture series - and Experience Design! - our annual citywide festival. 2014 marks DesignPhiladelphia's 10th anniversary. As we approach the holiday season and near the end of 2013, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support DesignPhiladelphia's future endeavors. Your donation will allow us to develop meaningful programs that inspire all ages, design professionals and aficionados alike. Help us fulfill our vision to brand Philadelphia as a 21st-century city shaped by design, technology, and business.
October 11, 2013
In celebration of the exhibition Leger: Modern Art and the Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, DesignPhiladelphia, IKEA, Public Workshop, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have come together to bring Leger’s "City" into Philadelphia. Starting today, October 11th, three teams of teens from Public Workshop’s Building Hero Project will use products from IKEA to design-build three installations inspired by Léger’s The City. The design with the most votes will receive an IKEA Gift Card grand prize and all teams will receive tickets to see Leger: Modern Art and the Metropolis on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art beginning October 14, 2013. PLUS voters in the contest will be automatically entered for a chance to be randomly selected to win a $500.00 IKEA Gift Card!
October 9, 2013
This year, DesignPhiladelphia will be offering PopUp Place ticket holders the chance to bid in a contemporary art & design auction called Take A Seat. The auction will give design aficionados and collectors the chance to bid on works by 16 of the region’s hottest designers/design firms working across a variety of disciplines. Participating designers were given an identical chair, generously donated by 2013 Festival sponsor, IKEA, to transform. MARTIN, made of powder-coated steel and molded birch plywood, has a simplistic form which provided a starting point for our challenge. There was only one rule of engagement – the final result, either functional or purely aesthetic, must incorporate the given chair’s component parts.
October 8, 2013
October 14 | 6:30PM to 10:00PM (opening celebration) Additional hours, October 15-18 | 12:00pm to 8:00pm The Foundry, 2234 Westmoreland Street Free and open to the public; pay as you go merchandise Did you know that during DesignPhiladelphia, you can visit a "magical emporium steeped in the atmosphere of Philadelphia's rich architectural legacy and industrial history"? Philadelphia Salvage Co. recently announced the "secret" location of their event as The Foundry, located on Westmoreland (near N. 22nd St. + W. Allegheny Ave).
October 7, 2013
This year, DesignPhiladelphia will be offering PopUp Place ticket holders the chance to bid in a contemporary art & design auction called Take A Seat. The auction will give design aficionados and collectors the chance to bid on works by 16 of the region’s hottest designers/design firms working across a variety of disciplines. Participating designers were given an identical chair, generously donated by 2013 Festival sponsor, IKEA, to transform. MARTIN, made of powder-coated steel and molded birch plywood, has a simplistic form which provided a starting point for our challenge. There was only one rule of engagement – the final result, either functional or purely aesthetic, must incorporate the given chair's component parts.
October 7, 2013
DesignPhiladelphia is not just about architecture. It isn’t solely focused on fashion, public art, commercial art or urban planning, either. The nine-day Center for Architecture festival, now in its ninth year, is an amalgamation of all those things. It’s a multi-event collaboration that stretches far and wide across the city, starting tomorrow. But you can get a jump start on the festivities at Wednesday’s kick-off party at bahdeebahdu in Kensington.
October 7, 2013
Cloud Gehshan Associates is an internationally-recognized environmental graphic design firm that specializes in placebranding, storytelling and wayfinding. As design consultants, they develop comprehensive graphic programs that engage, inform, educate and direct. Cloud Gehshan invites you to tour their studio in Old City during DesignPhiladelphia 2013 to get acquainted with environmental graphic design, learn about their work and meet the designers. Refreshments will be served.
October 5, 2013
This year, DesignPhiladelphia will be offering PopUp Place ticket holders the chance to bid in a contemporary art & design auction called Take A Seat. The auction will give design aficionados and collectors the chance to bid on works by 16 of the region’s hottest designers/design firms working across a variety of disciplines. Participating designers were given an identical chair, generously donated by 2013 Festival sponsor, IKEA, to transform. MARTIN, made of powder-coated steel and molded birch plywood, has a simplistic form which provided a starting point for our challenge. There was only one rule of engagement – the final result, either functional or purely aesthetic, must incorporate the given chair's component parts.
October 5, 2013
October 5, 2013 | By Edith Newhall for the Philadelphia Inquirer These days, fairs, festivals, and celebrations are always popping up, vying for your attention. Yet that was not the case in October 2005 when DesignPhiladelphia, a 10-day celebration of every manner of design, made its debut. It was a whole new kind of fair, too: a freewheeling, amorphous, mostly free design lovefest that took over the city's universities, design stores and showrooms, art galleries, and vintage furniture shops with exhibitions, lectures, events, and tours. In its first years, as now, DesignPhiladelphia's offerings have also been pointedly broad (some memorably diverse ones included a tasting of local craft beers at Old City's Hudson Glass as beer glasses were being blown, and a show by local artists of works fashioned from Corian, the solid surface material usually reserved for floors and countertops).