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July 11, 2013
This exhibition will feature some of the latest furniture, toys, tableware, wallpaper, and textiles designed internationally in Australia, Asia, Europe, Great Britain, and the United States, along with classics from the Museum’s design collection. A number of these objects will make their American debut in the exhibition, from Marie-Louise Groot Kormelink’s Dutch rowhouse wardrobes and a contemporary-style dollhouse, to Josefina Bentzen and Charlotte Skak’s Kitchen Kids, a series of prototype Danish kitchen tools for children that includes a vegetable peeler, grater, mixing bottle, knife, chopping board, and protective mittens.
July 10, 2013
With the event registration deadline for the 2013 DesignPhiladelphia Festival looming large - midnight, July 19th - we thought we would brainstorm some event planning tips based on past successes and Festival-goer feedback. Here's our top 5 to get your cogs turning.
July 2, 2013

IBM seems to think so and created a campaign in collaboration with Ogilvy & Mather France to "encourage forward-thinking citizens and local leaders to consider how to make their neighborhoods 'smarter' and therefore, better.

June 27, 2013
When: now until July 20, 2013 (open Thursday 3:00pm-7:00pm & Friday 1:00pm-7:00pm) Where: AIGA Space, 72 North 2nd Street (at Arch) Tickets: free The Kensington Riots. The birth of graffiti. Trials for sedition. Information architecture. The Monotype Factory, run by women. “Great Ideas of Western Man.” The Underground Railroad and Design Laboratories. AIGA Philadelphia explores the soul of a place, through the historical context of graphic design in Philadelphia, in an exhibition showcasing Philadelphia works both contemporary and historical. The city has been at the center of numerous movements and breakthroughs in design, all of which have contributed to a unique interplay between the fabric of the environment and design’s cultural force.
June 26, 2013
The Bicycle Coalition and the City of Philadelphia reserve the right to determine additional artist eligibility requirements. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is seeking design proposals for bike racks to be installed in Center City Philadelphia, and other potential locations in the city.
June 20, 2013
Candy Coated Wonderland is a current exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art by local Philadelphia artist and designer, Candy Coated. Here, Candy mixes lavish modern designs and eye-popping artwork with a small selection of international children's costumes from the PMA's existing collections. It is an exhibit that allows viewers to see old, intricate costumes in a new, modern light. When a group of curators from the PMA approached Candy, they explained that they would love for her to do an installation which incorporated her colorful modern design work with select pieces from the Museum's existing child costume collection. Visual impact is an understatement, and we challenge you to enter the room without erupting in a spontaneous grin.
June 19, 2013
Do you believe that arts and design-based projects can drive change in communities and address civic challenges? Do you have a great idea for a project that will improve the civic space in Philadelphia? This design competition, run by the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics and the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, will provide support to advance creative projects at the intersection of design, art, and public space. During the cycle, there will be approximately 7 grants, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. Funding for grants is made possible by the Knight Foundation and facilitated by CEOs for Cities.
June 13, 2013
AIGA Philadelphia is partnering up with Clean Currents, Kensington Renewal, and Delaware Valley Green Building Council to introduce Lots of Power, a new mentoring program where creative professionals team up with high school students to address vacant lots in Philadelphia. The goal is to find innovative design thinking solutions for vacant lots in Kensington.
June 7, 2013
Starting Monday, June 10th, Hilary Jay will step into a new role as director of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. As the Center's first director, she will head the Center's fundraising efforts and programming initiatives. In addition, DesignPhiladelphia, of which Jay is the founding director of, will move from the University of the Arts to the Center for Architecture.
June 6, 2013
The Hidden City Philadelphia Festival celebrates the power of place through the imagination of contemporary artists, inspiring people to explore the city’s history and imagine new futures for our urban landscape. Artists of diverse disciplines and media create site-specific work that illuminates abandoned, obscure or inaccessible sites throughout the city. In all, there are 9 sites and really something for everyone.