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2014 Festival

October 6, 2014
DesignPhiladelphia turns 10 this year and that warranted something special. In celebration of a decade of design, 20 inspiring Philadelphia based artists were asked to redesign a unadorned IKEA mirror in a way that reflects their unique style.
October 6, 2014
We invite you to explore design in traditional and unexpected ways through over 120 exhibits, workshops, demonstrations, tours, lectures, and events held in a variety of venues across the city. Experience how design impacts your everyday life through wide-ranging topics; including architecture, urban planning, interior, landscape, graphic, multi-media, product, and furniture design.
October 6, 2014
Hooley, a coloring company for grownups, invites you to “be the artist” at a special DesignPhiladelphia #communitycoloring party. Join other guests to color a giant hand-drawn abstract pattern created by 8 Philadelphia artists on a 20’ by 3’ piece of paper while enjoying drinks and nibbles provided by local Philly food companies. After the event, Hooley will present the completed work to hosting venue Indy Hall as a piece of community-made art.
October 6, 2014
Celebrate A Decade of Design with the DesignPhiladelphia Festival this October. The annual event commemorates technology and architecture in Philadelphia and exhibits the work of more than 400 local designers, architects, and creative businesses. Previously housed at the University of the Arts, this year the festival will operate from the Philadelphia Center for Architecture; DesignPhiladelphia Founder and Executive Director Hilary Jay was recently named director of the Center for Architecture, as well.
October 5, 2014
REFLECTING DESIGN SILENT AUCTION: Philadelphia is home to nationally and internationally renowned artists and designers. Twenty of them have been selected to reimagine an unassuming IKEA mirror. Bidding on these one-of-a-kind creations has begun online!
October 4, 2014
Your Brain is the largest permanent exhibition at The Franklin Institute and located in the new 53,000 square foot Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion. The pavilion—designed by Saylor Gregg Architects, complete with a “shimmer wall” façade by artist Ned Kahn—expands the institution’s display space and educational facilities. Hear the inside story behind the exhibition space, where classic meets innovative design, with The Franklin Institute’s Director of Design Jeanne Maier.

A peak behind the glass doors of the oldest independent ad agency in Philadelphia. Not pictured: actual employees and keg

October 3, 2014
Brownstein Group's Signs of the Times exhibition celebrates Philadelphia’s past and how it inspires us today. Signs of the Times is about looking forward while we celebrate the making of Philadelphia as a destination for designers and artists; it's about crafting beautiful new things on the foundation that has been lain down for us — a painting, a sign, a lyric, even a starting line-up.
October 3, 2014
Check out these 3 tech-centric DesignPhiladelphia events
October 2, 2014
Designer Alex Gilliam is uncannily perceptive about kids, and he works hard to cultivate their potential and innate creativity. Gilliam is director of Public Workshop, which he describes as a "cheerleader of possibility" and whose aim is to grow talented community-design leaders.
October 2, 2014
Join The Trestle Inn, Philadelphia’s home of Whiskey and Go Go, and Moko Organic Beauty Studio for a night of fabulously fun updos, makeup and classic fondue. With styling by Moko, mod go go dancing by the Trestle Specials and Polaroid memento photos by Only Love Photography, FunDo is designed to release your inner sex kitten. Who knew?