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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.
January 8, 2014
Think you've got what it takes to design and build a structure created completely with canned food, ingenuity, and hard work? Enter CANstruction Philadelphia 2014, with proceeds benefiting Philabundance, the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley.
November 20, 2013
World-renowned designer, Marc Newson, will be in Philadelphia to receive Collab’s 2013 Design Excellence Award this Friday, November 22nd. He will give an illustrated lecture about his work in the Van Pelt Auditorium followed by a subscription preview and buffet supper, hosted by Collab, in the Museum's Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building. The most influential industrial designer of his generation, Marc Newson (Australian, born 1963) has designed everything from a dish rack to a personal jet, some pieces mass-produced, others one-offs, for both companies and art galleries. As creative director of Qantas Airways, Newson redesigned the interiors and fittings of the airline’s Airbus fleet, including cabin lighting and seats as well as its in-flight tableware.
October 30, 2013
When best-selling author Joshua Foer (Moonwalking With Einstein) envisioned his first sukkah, he wanted to move beyond generic plywood boxes and status quo canvas tents. He wondered what would happen if the world’s most innovative contemporary architects and designers were challenged to visualize and construct twelve radical sukkahs (Hebrew: Sukkot). What would they come up with? And so was born the 2010 design competition and exhibition known as Sukkah City.
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.
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.