October 5, 2013 | By Edith Newhall for the Philadelphia Inquirer
These days, fairs, festivals, and celebrations are always popping up, vying for your attention. Yet that was not the case in October 2005 when DesignPhiladelphia, a 10-day celebration of every manner of design, made its debut. It was a whole new kind of fair, too: a freewheeling, amorphous, mostly free design lovefest that took over the city's universities, design stores and showrooms, art galleries, and vintage furniture shops with exhibitions, lectures, events, and tours. In its first years, as now, DesignPhiladelphia's offerings have also been pointedly broad (some memorably diverse ones included a tasting of local craft beers at Old City's Hudson Glass as beer glasses were being blown, and a show by local artists of works fashioned from Corian, the solid surface material usually reserved for floors and countertops).