FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DesignPhiladelphia Launches 10th Anniversary Festival with PopUp Place on October 8
Features Reflecting Design Silent Auction of Works by World-Renowned Artists and Designers View and Bid Online September 23 – October 7
PHILADELPHIA, Pa (September 23, 2014) – DesignPhiladelphia is celebrating its tenth year as America’s preeminent showcase for educating the public about design with its annual fundraiser and Festival kickoff - PopUp Place, on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 6:00-8:00pm at Bluecadet (1526 Frankford Avenue). The evening will feature the Reflecting Design Silent Auction of one-of-a-kind works imagined, designed, and donated by internationally-renowned, Philadelphia-based artists, architects, and designers, including KieranTimberlake, architects of the American Embassy in London; Tyler Hays of luxury furniture brand, BDDW; nationally and internationally-renown artists Adam Wallacavage, Ray King, Jack Larimore and Shelley Spector; Project Runway winner, Dom Streater; jewelry designer and Oprah favorite, John Wind of Maximal Art; and mosaic master Isaiah Zagar. (Complete list follows at the end of release.) Each participant was challenged to transform an unassuming IKEA® mirror into something daring and remarkable.
This year, DesignPhiladelphia has partnered with Paddle8, the virtual auction house, to offer pre-bidding online. Starting September 23rd and ending October 7th, design enthusiasts from around the world may preview and place bids for these one-of-a-kind pieces at http://paddle8.com/auction/
PopUp Place 2014 will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning digital agency Bluecadet, in their new 8,400 square-foot office and production studio located in the fast-rising design scene of Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. Established in 2007, Bluecadet collaborates with leading museums, cultural institutions, universities, and nonprofit organizations to educate, engage, and entertain through websites, mobile apps, interactive installations, and immersive environments. Guests will explore Bluecadet’s engaging interactive experiences while enjoying delicious food by 12th Street Catering and specialty cocktails byWestern Grace Brandy, Art in the Age, and Pilsner Urquell. Unique t-shirts will be screen printed for guests on site. The After Party from 8:00pm -11:00pm will feature DJ Handsome Sam, a group of Philadelphia’s favorite food trucks and Crabbie’s Ginger Beer. Tickets to PopUp Place 2014 are on sale now. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit: http://2014.
Diamond Tooth Taxidermy - creating fantasy mounts, wearables, and bridal hair pieces
Emmy-Award winning digital agency
Philadelphia’s oldest independent advertising agency
Groundswell Design Group - landscape architecture design + build team
Brian Foster and Ernie Sesskin
Groundwork Home - hand-crafted furniture made from locally sourced and reclaimed materials
Restoration artist and muralist known for works on glass
BDDW - an American luxury furniture company
Creative Director for Anthropologie
International leaders in sustainable building and transformative architecture
Internationally exhibited sculptor
Nationally renowned sculptor, designer, and furniture-maker
Kevin O’Brien Studios - producers of cut-silk velvet and ultra lux textiles
Otto Architects LLC – James Beard award nominee, architectural and interior design firm
Digital designer and Philadelphia-based sign painter
Artist and historian with an anthropologist-spin
Project Runway season 12-winning fashion and textile designer
RJ Thornburg and Warren Muller
bahdeebahdu - a studio for interior design, and the development of art and illumination
Artist of trademark tentacle chandeliers
Maximal Art - modern vintage jewelry and home furnishings
Mosaic muralist and creator of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
DesignPhiladelphia, a signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, is the oldest and largest design event of its kind in the country and annually showcases the work of over 400 practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals. Experience design in unexpected ways through more than 120 exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, tours, talks, and events held in venues across the city. Learn about wide-ranging topics, including architecture, urban planning, landscape, graphic, multi-media, product, furniture design, fashion, and the like. This year’s Festival kicks off on the evening of October 8 and events run from October 9-17. For more information on planning an event or attending the 2014 Festival, visit: designphiladelphia.org.
About Center for Architecture
The Center for Architecture performs the charitable and educational work of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects and serves as the physical home for the Chapter in Center City Philadelphia. The Center offers walking tours, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and children's programming on architecture, urban planning, and design. The Center is also home to the AIA Bookstore & Design Center and the Community Design Collaborative. For more information visit: philadelphiacfa.org.
Bluecadet is an Emmy Award-winning digital agency that creates world-class websites, mobile apps, interactive installations, and immersive environments. From a touchscreen T. rex puzzle at Chicago’s Field Museum, to a multimedia advocacy campaign for Doctors Without Borders, to MoMA’s bilingual mobile guide exploring the murals of Diego Rivera, Bluecadet’s work inspires interaction and imagination. Bluecadet is based in an 8,400-square-foot studio in Philadelphia; we are proud to have created custom digital experiences for over 20 institutions in our hometown. In addition to an Emmy, our work has earned several Webby, Webvisionary, ADDY, SXSW, and AAM Muse awards. We genuinely get behind the mission of each client, which inspires us to do our best work. For more information, visit: bluecadet.com.