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March 3, 2014
In REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul, authors Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason explore today's most popular cultural design trends and how they can fit into the modern interior. On March 20, Hays and Mason will continue the discussion! Join them with panelists Craig Wilson of Gallery 51, Jamila Payne of Soul Purpose Company and Sharne Algotsson, author of The Spirit of African Design, as they explore the hidden meanings woven into today's most popular cultural accessories from throughout the African Diaspora and the various ways that contemporary African American decor styles incorporate and build on those meanings in modern homes and interiors.
February 27, 2014
Pssst....we're turning 10 this year and this would be an awesome birthday present!
February 4, 2014
The 10th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival, a signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, will be held October 9th to 17th, 2014. The Festival will kickoff on the evening of October 8 with PopUp Place – an experiential benefit and cocktail party not to be missed. Last year, over 300 guests explored North American Street in Kensington – a hot-bed for interior, lighting, and furniture design – and bid on one-of-a-kind objects created by nationally-renowned designers. This year, guests will explore how good design intersects cutting-edge technology in another up-and-coming Philadelphia “design -destination” neighborhood. Stay tuned for details.
January 15, 2014
As we settle into our new home at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture we want to let you know exciting changes are in the works. Don't miss out on: An exclusive look at how we're designing a NEW Festival experience for attendees and event organizers in honor of our 10th anniversary!; The 2014 Festival Dates Announcement; Festival Participant Call for Entries; Tips for event organization, planning, & marketing
December 13, 2013
This year, we have educated thousands of people about the role that design plays in our everyday lives through educational programming like Creating with Constraints - our spring lecture series - and Experience Design! - our annual citywide festival. 2014 marks DesignPhiladelphia's 10th anniversary. As we approach the holiday season and near the end of 2013, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support DesignPhiladelphia's future endeavors. Your donation will allow us to develop meaningful programs that inspire all ages, design professionals and aficionados alike. Help us fulfill our vision to brand Philadelphia as a 21st-century city shaped by design, technology, and business.
October 11, 2013
In celebration of the exhibition Leger: Modern Art and the Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, DesignPhiladelphia, IKEA, Public Workshop, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have come together to bring Leger’s "City" into Philadelphia. Starting today, October 11th, three teams of teens from Public Workshop’s Building Hero Project will use products from IKEA to design-build three installations inspired by Léger’s The City. The design with the most votes will receive an IKEA Gift Card grand prize and all teams will receive tickets to see Leger: Modern Art and the Metropolis on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art beginning October 14, 2013. PLUS voters in the contest will be automatically entered for a chance to be randomly selected to win a $500.00 IKEA Gift Card!
October 9, 2013
It is a peculiar quality of the district here called Old City that the proprietors of many of its galleries and shops complain about the floors. They slant. “It’s always been a problem for us,” said Robert Aibel, the owner of Moderne, a vintage furniture gallery at 111 North Third Street. But “most people don’t notice, unless a piece of furniture looks crooked.” At the Roche Bobois showroom, at 313 Arch Street, Natalie Suresch, the manager, said the floors tilt four feet from back to front. “You feel like you have vertigo,” she said. Such are the wages of historicism. Old City, the home of Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross and the temporary residence of George Washington before he moved south, was the kernel from which the rest of Philadelphia grew.
October 9, 2013
This year, DesignPhiladelphia will be offering PopUp Place ticket holders the chance to bid in a contemporary art & design auction called Take A Seat. The auction will give design aficionados and collectors the chance to bid on works by 16 of the region’s hottest designers/design firms working across a variety of disciplines. Participating designers were given an identical chair, generously donated by 2013 Festival sponsor, IKEA, to transform. MARTIN, made of powder-coated steel and molded birch plywood, has a simplistic form which provided a starting point for our challenge. There was only one rule of engagement – the final result, either functional or purely aesthetic, must incorporate the given chair’s component parts.
October 8, 2013
October 14 | 6:30PM to 10:00PM (opening celebration) Additional hours, October 15-18 | 12:00pm to 8:00pm The Foundry, 2234 Westmoreland Street Free and open to the public; pay as you go merchandise Did you know that during DesignPhiladelphia, you can visit a "magical emporium steeped in the atmosphere of Philadelphia's rich architectural legacy and industrial history"? Philadelphia Salvage Co. recently announced the "secret" location of their event as The Foundry, located on Westmoreland (near N. 22nd St. + W. Allegheny Ave).