Announcing Artists for the Reflecting Design Silent Auction

Twenty artists have been selected from Philadelphia’s pool of nationally and internationally renowned artists and designers. These artists will reimagine an unassuming IKEA ® mirror for the Reflecting Design Silent Auction, the main attraction of our 2014 PopUp Place Kick-Off Benefit and Party. Bidding on these one-of-a-kind creations will begin online prior to PopUp Place, until then have a look through the incredible portfolios of our selected artists.

Brownstein Group

Brownstein Group is a Signature Sponsor of the 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Festival. This year, the company is celebrating 50 years of Branding, PR, and Advertising for smart companies – a list including IKEA®, Comcast, ESPN, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Beneficial Bank.

The company is dedicated to using social networks and digital spaces as a place to celebrate humanity: “We always remember that we are marketing to people and for people, which is why we believe we have the ability to engage people in an honest and human way. We help people and brands find each other. Then we help them like each other.”

But all you need to know about Brownstein Group, Berny Brownstein said in a recent interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer: “It’s reaching people and motivating them, that’s what we’re all about.”

Visit them on the web here.

See a sample of their impressive portfolio in the gallery above with work the company has done for The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, and The Shipley School. All images courtesy of

Shelley Spector

Shelley Spector is a Philadelphia artist and teacher. She approaches art from an as both an archeologist and a historian – finding and disassembling objects and reimagining them as pieces of art. She likens this process of cataloging to an anthropological study of communities.

Spector’s sculptures, paintings, and works on paper can be found in private and public collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PAFA, The Free Library, the Philadelphia museum of Jewish Art, among others.

The image above is a 5.5"x40" pigment print, Hairpin, The Bent Life, Test For Hot, courtesey of the artist. Visit her on the web here.

David Fierabend, Groundswell Design Group

David Fierabend is Principal at Groundsell design group, a landscape architecture design build team. David’s residential and commercial landscape architecture and garden design has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine, Style Magazine, and Arts and Antiques Magazine. Notable recent projects, demonstrating David’s commitment to the greening of Philadelphia, include the rooftop Sea Garden at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Morgan’s Pier restaurant on the Delaware Riverfront, and, in coordination with OLIN, Sol Lewitt: Lines in Four Directions in Flowers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

See David’s work this summer at Spruce Street Harbor Park (pictured above, compliments of See more of work from Groundswell online here.

Jack Larimore

Jack Larimore is a furniture designer and sculptor with a background in Landscape Architecture. Larimore’s work has been internationally exhibited and is included in major public and private collections. He has served as a Professor in the Crafts Department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, as an Advisory Board Member of The Furniture Society, a Trustee for the Center for Art in Wood, and a Board member at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center.

The image above is Timber Speaks Glass, courtesy of Jack Larimore. Visit Jack Larimore on the web here


more about PopUp Place

DesignPhiladelphia, a signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, celebrates its 10th anniversary with PopUp Place: an experiential benefit and cocktail party. This year’s Festival kick-off benefit is hosted by Emmy Award-winning digital agency Bluecadet in Fishtown. Come explore how inspired design intersects with cutting-edge technology: early bird tickets are on sale now through September 1. Click here for more information.

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