Press Release | DesignPhiladelphia (9.23.13)

DesignPhiladelphia Festival Guidebooks Now Available In Print and Online at The 9th Annual Festival kicks-off with PopUp Place, Wednesday, Oct. 9

PHILADELPHIA – The official 2013 DesignPhiladelphia Festival guidebook can now be found across the city in galleries, cultural institutions, retailers, and more. The complete schedule of events is also available online at This year’s web calendar is mobile friendly and accessible on a range of smartphones and tablets, making browsing easy. Free guidebooks can also be found at one of seven hubs, including: Center for Architecture (1218 Arch St); AIGA Space (72 N. 2nd St); Marketplace Design Center (2400 Market St); 3rd Ward Philly (1227 N. 4th St); Crane Arts (1400 N. American St); The Art Alliance (251 S. 18th St); and NextFab Studio (2025 Washington Ave). The 9th annual Festival will feature nearly 120 events taking place across the city in various venues from Thursday, October 10th to Friday, October 18th. The theme for the 2013 Festival is EXPERIENCEdesign! – challenging participants to demonstrate how design is experiential, can spark emotions, evoke strong memories and create lasting connections. Events will allow Festival-goers to engage their senses with opportunities to see, touch, smell, hear, and feel the design that surrounds us all. The Festival will kick-off a day early with two opportunities for design enthusiasts to celebrate – the PopUp Place benefit at bahdeebahdu and an After Party with DJ King Britt held in a former PECO substation. PopUp Place: Official Festival Kick-Off Party at bahdeebahdu On Wednesday, October 9th from 6 to 9pm, DesignPhiladelphia will kick off the 2013 Festival with PopUp Place – an interactive cocktail party to benefit the educational programs of the Center for Architecture. This year's host is bahdeebahdu (1522 N. American St), a multidisciplinary working studio for design and the development of custom furnishings and one-off products, located in Kensington near the Crane Arts Building. The evening will feature:

  • The exotic food pairings of 12th Street Catering, Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Whipped Bake Shop;

  • Specialty coffee cocktails by illy;

  • Interactive light projection installation by artist Andrew Cameron Zahn;

  • The sounds of Heath Allen Trio;

  • A participatory olfactory performance by Ghostfood; and more.

During the event, DesignPhiladelphia will present Take A Seat, a silent auction featuring the work of over a dozen of the region’s hottest designers from across design disciplines including architecture, interior design, photography, graphic design, and fashion. Each designer was given an identical chair, donated by IKEA, to transform into a one-of-a-kind functional or sculptural seat. PopUp Place benefit tickets are $75 in advance; $85 at the door; $150 design aficionado; $300 design champ; all available at Prices includes After Party. After Party with King Britt at American Street Studio Following the benefit, the kick-off continues at the official After Party with King Britt, running from 9pm to midnight on Wednesday, October 9th at the American Street Studio – a soaring industrial space in a former PECO substation. The collaborative showroom, located at 2200 N. American St (at Susquehanna) opens to the public for the first time during the Festival. American Street Studio is home to three nationally recognized Philadelphia-based design/fabrication companies: Amuneal, Groundwork, Robert True Ogden. King Britt (, the internationally renowned producer, composer, and curator of electronic music, will be on hand to take guests on a sonic journey. The globetrotting DJ unites cultures through his eclectic taste and improvised live dance and experimental sets. The After Party is 21+. Tickets are $20 in advance; $30 at the door and available online at Create your own experience at DesignPhiladelphia, a signature event of the Center for Architecture.


To request additional information, interviews and images, please contact: DesignPhiladelphia representatives Nova Harris or Hilary Jay

Nova Harris, [email protected] office: 215-569-3186 x106 | cell: 215-432-1487

Hilary Jay, [email protected] cell: 215-266-8409

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