2014 Festival Dates Announced


Mark Your Calendars!

The 10th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival, a signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, will be held October 9th to 17th, 2014. The Festival will kickoff on the evening of October 8 with PopUp Place – an experiential benefit and cocktail party not to be missed. Last year, over 300 guests explored North American Street in Kensington – a hot-bed for interior, lighting, and furniture design – and bid on one-of-a-kind objects created by nationally-renowned designers. This year, guests will explore how good design intersects cutting-edge technology in another up-and-coming Philadelphia “design -destination” neighborhood. Stay tuned for details.

Celebrating a Decade of Design

This milestone calls for a major celebration! For each of the past nine years, with the help of our sponsors and event partners, DesignPhiladelphia has produced a picture of the talent, diversity, and opportunities available here. Through our efforts, the outside world has come to recognize the sizable contribution the creative community is making to Philadelphia’s economic, social, and cultural expansion. This year, in honor of A Decade of Design, we will stand together to look back at how far we have come, develop a snapshot - in real time - for 2014, and create a vision of our future.

About the DesignPhiladelphia Festival

The DesignPhiladelphia Festival features nine days of nonstop events showcasing the work of over 400 practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals. A diverse mix of over 100 exhibitions, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, tours, open studios, and street happenings span design disciplines, including: urban planning, architecture, interior design, fashion, product design, and multi-media and graphic design. Set in boutiques, galleries, museums, universities, warehouses, public spaces and city streets, DesignPhiladelphia transforms the city into a stage for ideas and highlights the impact design plays in our everyday lives. Bringing together innovative educators, established manufacturers, creative entrepreneurs, emerging practices, commercial businesses, and retailers, the DesignPhiladelphia Festival demonstrates Philadelphia’s reemergence as a 21st century city shaped by design, technology and collaborative business practices.


DesignPhiladelphia offers an array of sponsorship and advertising opportunities to businesses and organizations ready to associate their brand with design excellence. Contact Hilary Jay for more information at (215) 569-3186 x 106. Event planners: think big, think audacious, think ten! The call for event registrations will come out mid-April, with our submission deadline scheduled for mid-July. But don't wait until the last minute. If you have ideas you want to discuss, contact us now.

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