Announcing Artists for the Reflecting Design Silent Auction Part 2/5

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.

ADAM WALLACAVAGE | Lighting Designer + Photographer

Inspired by sea adventure stories, gaudy church ornamentation, and interior design, Adam Wallacavage is best known for his octopus chandeliers that mix Art Nouveau motifs and surrealist imagination. Wallacavage casts the forms using traditional ornamental plastering techniques, then paints them with pigmented epoxy resin, iridescent powders, and glitter. Initially trained as a photographer, in 2006 Wallacavage published Monster Size Monsters, a book of colorful, highly saturated photos of artists, musicians, and skateboarders, as well as a range of oddities such as taxidermy.

Check out photos of Adam's work and his South Broad Street playground in the slideshow above. All photos are compliments of Los Angelos-based photographer Bridget Pizzo for the Apartment Therapy Article "Adam's DIY Ode to Orientalism in Philadelphia"

Visit Adam Wallavavage on the web here.


JOHN WIND, John Wind Maximal Art | Jewelry Designer

John began making jewelry while studying at the Slade School of Art in London and getting swept up in the early 1980’s fashion scene (think Culture Club and the Thompson Twins). He combined a love of antiques with street style and a modern eye, and in 1985 Maximal Art was born.He returned to his hometown of Philadelphia and began showing his funky collages, gaining quick acclaim and many loyal customers. Over the years the company has evolved from its artisan roots to its current, internationally known, ‘gotta have it’ designs, rooted in vintage classics with a modern, wearable twist.

Visit John Wind Maximal Art on the web here, photo compliments of John Wind.


KEVIN O’BRIEN, Kevin O’Brien Studio | Textile Designer

Kevin O’Brien, the founder and designer of Kevin O’Brien Studio in south Philadelphia, finds inspiration for his textile designs in architecture and travel. Hand coloring is a specialty for Kevin O'Brien Studio. "I got started with hand coloring when I became fascinated with textiles while teaching at Philadelphia University," O'Brien says. "There is a human element and a level of detail that you can only achieve by hand coloring. So while we started out doing everything by hand because we were too small to get anyone to print for us., we still continue to make everything to order, by hand, to achieve that level of detail and express that human element."

Photo courtesy of Kevin O'Brien Studio, visit Kevin O'Brien Studio on the web here.



CAROLYN KEER, Anthropologie | Art Director

Carolyn Keer is the creative mind behind the artistic messaging to the Anthropologie customer. In a company that is all about the details, Carolyn is the detail to those details. From pretty price tags, to improving the look of the bags for online orders, to the top customer thank you gifts and the lovely signage throughout the store, she elevates not just the everyday but the almost invisible—the things you’d never normally notice.

Her team describes her as having “unwavering commitment to creating work that feels thoughtful.” Every point of contact with the customer must feel personal, special and deliberate, as well as sophisticated and definitively Anthropologie. Her ability to re-imagine everyday objects and to find or create an unexpected detail has been inspiring her team, the customers and the brand itself for over 10 years.

Photo compliments of Carolyn Keer.

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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