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June 24, 2014
On Friday we met our friends from Saving Places and the Philadelphia Salvage at their design lab - The Foundry, a former factory space that has everything from piano parts to general store counters and everything in between.
June 20, 2014
Join our friends from Philadelphia Salvage at their custom design space - The Foundry, a former factory space that has everything from piano parts to general store counters and everything in between. Saving Places will wrap-up their week of events with tours of Philadelphia Salvage's extraordinary facility, iconic Philly food and drinks, live music, and a few surprises.
June 17, 2014
In honor of DesignPhiladelphia’s 10th anniversary celebration—and a decade of great design across the region—professional and amateur designers of all ages are invited to creatively reinvent this classic IKEA® mirror as part of the Reflecting Design Silent Auction. Five winning design submissions will be selected by a panel of esteemed jurors; each winner will receive a mirror, generously donated by auction sponsor IKEA®, to bring their concept to life.
June 13, 2014
Presented for the first time in this exhibition is the comprehensive design for the renewal and expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art by internationally celebrated architect Frank Gehry. Best known for the expressive sculptural forms of buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Gehry’s approach to this project is dramatically different and virtually unique. It focuses on the transformation of the interior of our main building through the renovation of beloved spaces like the Great Stair Hall, dramatic improvements to how our visitors will enter and move through the Museum, and the creation of a substantial amount of new space for the display of more works of art and for a new Education Center.
June 13, 2014
Join us at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture for Great Gateways and the Cities That Make Them - a panel discussion of the Mural Arts Program's "psychylustro" on Wednesday, June 18 from 6-8pm. The panel will include Jane Golden, executive director of the Mural Arts Program, Allen Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Drew Galloway, of Amtrak, Marilyn Taylor, School of Design at UPenn, and Darin Rowland, artist and assistant muralist, and be moderated by Chris Satullo of WHYY's The event is free; but registration is required.
June 13, 2014
PROPOSALS DUE JUNE 20, 2014. Let DesignPhiladelphia provide you with a stage to present that big idea, test a product, collaborate with someone you admire, or just show off! To celebrate our 10th anniversary and to help fulfill our goals of promotion, retention, and advancement of the design talent studying and working in Philadelphia, TEN (10) spots on the 2014 Festival calendar are reserved exclusively for you – without registration fees – thanks to our new initiative, SEED.
June 10, 2014
Hidden City Tours & Events provide immersive experiences of remarkable places, illuminate their stories, and afford networking opportunities among their growing number of members. Hidden City tours range from focused explorations of single sites to walking tours drawing thematic connections among multiple sites.
June 10, 2014
CityLove, a project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is coming to Philadelphia for a week of free tours, meet-ups, parties, and behind-the-scenes photo tours, all taking place inside some of the city's most iconic - and of course, historic - places. Spots are limited, but there is still time to register.
June 10, 2014
On a rainy Friday morning in May, Danielle DiLeo Kim, Sylvia Palms, and I sat down with three members of Philly Girls Do Good! to talk about design advocacy in Philadelphia: Hilary Jay, Founding Director of Design Philadelphia and first Director of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture; Kiki Bolender, Chair of the Design Advocacy Group (DAG); and Nancy Goldenberg, Chief of Staff of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS).
June 6, 2014
InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor is an annual summer sale that operates under the premise that everyone can be an art collector. In 1999, the event began as an exposition of quality work at affordable prices, with everything from jewelry, paintings, photography, fashion, and ceramic ware priced at $199 and under.