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2014 Festival

September 25, 2014

In recognition of DesignPhiladelphia’s10th anniversary, Old City District presents the Old City Fest—a celebration of art and design, fashion and food, creativity and culture on the streets of America’s most historic square mile. The Old City Fest will highlight the region’s premier art and design district while showcasing local designers, creative firms, restaurants, retailers, galleries, theater, culture, history, and architecture.

September 24, 2014

DesignPhiladelphia proudly presents the Official Closing Ceremony for the 2014 festival, Lairs of Self in Everyday Life. In their premier personal collaboration, Sean Martorana and Dejha Ti invite you to play with their combined psyche, revealing their designs and adding your own. Lairs of Self explores how identity changes shape, moment to moment, day by day. Commandeer this kaleidoscope made from the very stuff that makes each of us. Discover the layers that shroud two designers. Perhaps you’ll discover your own.

September 24, 2014

Set in Independence National Historic Park, Carpenter’s Hall has been continuously owned and operated since 1770 by The Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, the oldest trade guild in America. The building hosted the First Continental Congress in1774, and was also home to Ben Franklin’s Library Company, The American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks of the United States.

September 24, 2014

When: Both exhibitions open on First Friday, October 3rd and will continue through November 30th. A DesignPhiladelphia reception will be held on Friday, October 10th from 5:30-8pm. At 7pm, The Clay Studio will be hosting a live taping of ceramic artist Ben Carter’s Tales of a Red Dirt Rambler podcast featuring Bobby Silverman, Gettysburg, PA-based potter Tina Gebhart and Michael Strand, who is known for his social projects involving ceramics.

September 23, 2014

DesignPhiladelphia is celebrating its tenth year as America’s preeminent showcase for educating the public about design with its annual fundraiser and Festival kickoff - PopUp Place, on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 6:00-8:00pm at Bluecadet (1526 Frankford Avenue). The evening will feature the Reflecting Design Silent Auction of one-of-a-kind works imagined, designed, and donated by internationally-renowned, Philadelphia-based artists, architects, and designers.

September 22, 2014

Join Lisa S. Roberts, author of Antiques of the Future, as she presents a brief introduction to her new book DesignPOP, a cleverly photographed and beautifully created book that highlights game-changing product designs since the year 2000. Stay for a screening of an episode of her 2011 TV docu-drama “My Design Life,” featuring DesignPOP. Afterwards, join Lisa Roberts for a book signing in The Museum Store.

September 21, 2014

Adorn Boutique & Showroom features Jewelry by owner/designer Sarah Lewis. Located in the heart of Fishtown, Adorn was named "Best Boho Boutique" by Philadelphia Magazine in 2013. Adorn by Sarah Lewis Jewelry is comprised of two collections; Band of Gypsys and Love & Light. Band of Gypsys jewelry makes a statement with rough crystals and bold, symbolic shapes. Love & Light is delicate, sophisticated, every-day jewelry, inspired by nature and yoga lifestyle. At Adorn Boutique & Showroom, Lewis surrounds her jewelry with a unique, edited assortment of apparel, accessories, and gift items, including collections from other local designers, treasures sourced from worldly travels, imported fair trade goods, and a stunning array of crystals and minerals.

September 21, 2014

Join mixed media artist Dan Cutrone as he speaks about his interest in exploring the relationship between the natural world and a digitally designed world. Cutrone’s work combines traditional glass making techniques with the aid of computerized design programs and machinery. One foot in the hand-made and one foot in the manufactured world is where Cutrone’s work lies, embracing the overlap between art, craft and design.

September 21, 2014

Every designer must know their audience in order to make a creative impact. During this year’s DesignPhiladelphia Festival, Digitas Health LifeBrands will be hosting an evening talk with AOL’s Senior Manager of Consumer Analytics & Research Maureen Dawson. Dawson will present AOL’s research on the Millennial Generation. Applying this research to the world of design, Maureen will delve into how designers from all disciplines can better understand Millennials and successfully target this powerful generation.

September 19, 2014

Experience the new Daltile Design Studio and all it has to offer by being our guest for the evening. Learn what everyone should know about tile installations and take part in a demonstration and hands-on workshop presented by Custom Building Products.