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October 4, 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 4, 2013
Join the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy for a conversation with designers and manufacturers about why artists and entrepreneurs are choosing to create products in our city. Stay for the networking event afterward for opportunities to build your own new connections and meet fellow creative professionals who are designing, prototyping and fabricating the future of Philadelphia.
October 3, 2013
DP, as the cognoscenti call it, is an annual reminder that design is omnipresent and that good design in all its disciplines – from architecture and urban planning to industrial design and fashion, multimedia to graphic, product to interior design – profoundly affects our collective quality of life. And that it means economic growth for Philadelphia. This year's festival runs Oct.10-18 and features nearly 120 events: lectures, talks, workshops, tours, openings, book signings, movie viewings, parties, and exhibitions. In its 9th year, DP and its visionary founder, Hilary Jay, are now based at the city's Center for Architecture, which Jay also heads. But DP's underlying goal remains the same: to brand Philadelphia as a 21st century city shaped by design, technology and business.
October 3, 2013
This year for DesignPhiladelphia, The Resource Exchange is proud to present Encore! An Eerie October Evening of Opera, Theatre, Art & Spirits. Themed around Halloween, the evening will feature local visual and performing art works designed with reclaimed materials the artists have "encored" or given a new life. Hear The Philadelphia Opera Collective encore selections from their original performance, "Opera Macabre: Edgar Allan Poe," and other unsettling songs while viewing a multidisciplinary exhibit of studio works, craft, and set designs that incorporate materials the artists have resurrected from the dead (saved from the landfill!) while sipping creepy cocktails and spooky spirits.
October 2, 2013
October 10 | 7:00PM to 11:00PM (opening reception) 3rd Ward Philly 1227 North 4th Street Free and open to the public. Exhibit on view through October 31 Join 3rd Ward for the opening reception of a group exhibition highlighting the 3rd Ward interpretation of sense inspired craftsmanship; including works by the talented instructors and staff at 3rd Ward, including Stephanie Santos, The Volta Organics, Jessa Stevens, and Chris Winterstein.
September 30, 2013
DesignPhiladelphia’s 9th Annual Festival, EXPERIENCEdesign! kicks off this year on the evening of October 9th with PopUp Place and festival events running from October 10 through 18. As a signature event of the Center for Architecture, DesignPhiladelphia showcases Philadelphia’s strong design and creative communities through more than 100 exhibitions, workshops, tours, lectures, open studios, and parties that celebrate design’s many dimensions, dynamics, and applications. This year's theme, EXPERIENCEdesign! promises to spark emotions and engage the senses with opportunities to see, touch, smell, hear, and even taste the design that surrounds us. As part of the 2013 Festival Event Guide, we asked five notable thinkers to consider how each of the five senses informs design.
September 30, 2013
inciteXchange is about the magic that happens when people share ideas. It brings together different voices, different perspectives and different disciplines to inspire, to connect, and to incite change. The event is organized by Fox School of Business' Center for Design+Innovation with the University of the Arts. inciteXchange will offer nine rapid-fire presentations by thought leaders on "Back to Basics: Food, Clothing and Shelter." See how they are challenging the status quo to redefine education, nutrition, agriculture, urban health and wellbeing, culture and identity in ways that are anything but basic.
September 27, 2013
For years The Arts Garage has been providing a venue for artists, designers, and performers of all pedigree to express themselves in an environment catered for creative minds. Over the past few months, the Arts Garage has been under a complete renovation and expansion designed to better serve Philadelphia's Creative Community. Ola Solanke, executive director, says, "The Arts Garage has always been committed to serving the artistic community of Philadelphia, and in order to do that better we have revamped the entire space. We invite the community to come and see the new space and spend the week with us. We'll be serving up drinks and music while designers and artists will be onsite showcasing their talent."
September 26, 2013
The University City Science Center is celebrating 50 years of nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship in the Greater Philadelphia Area. The research park, founded in 1963, is America’s oldest and largest urban research park and, according to its website, boasts over 350 graduate companies. To celebrate this milestone, the Science Center will be holding a 50th anniversary reception at the Hotel Monaco. The climax of the evening will be the unveiling of the Innovators Walk of Fame, honoring the Philadelphia region’s history of innovation. Science Center President & CEO, Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., says “The future of innovation will rely on a talented workforce that is well-versed in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). At the Science Center, we believe that it’s important to add Art to the equation – turning STEM into STEAM.
September 25, 2013
For DesignPhiladelphia 2013, Minima is looking towards the future. The shop/gallery, which was opened in 1999 by Eugenie Perret and Juliette Brody in Philadelphia's Old City, has become the area's preeminent source for all things modern. The cutting edge contemporary furniture showroom will be hosting an exhibition entitled Design + Self Manufacturing: How the World Will Change, along with a series of demonstrations and workshops meant to explore the fast changing world of fabrication technology and the social implications of how 3D printing, accessible to the masses, will change the future. Perret explains, "We like to be design frontiers. This will be the next industrial revolution." The exhibition, which is on view the length of the DesignPhiladelphia Festival, October 10-18, will include an opening reception the evening of October 11th. Minima hopes the exhibition and accompanying events will spark the public's interest and light a creative force behind this cutting edge change to the design industry. Perret thinks in the near future we are going to be living in 3D printed houses, situated in 3D printed cities!