Press Release: DesignPhiladelphia Launches 10th Anniversary Festival with PopUp Place on October 8


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 Live bidding will continue at PopUp Place on October 8, with proxy bidding available by phone. All proceeds of the Reflecting Design Silent Auction will benefit the year-round educational programming of the Center for Architecture and DesignPhiladelphia. 

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:

works by: 

Beth Beverly 

Diamond Tooth Taxidermy - creating fantasy mounts, wearables, and bridal hair pieces 



Emmy-Award winning digital agency 


Brownstein Group 

Philadelphia’s oldest independent advertising agency 


David Fierabend 

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 


Dennis Haugh 

Restoration artist and muralist known for works on glass 


Tyler Hays 

BDDW - an American luxury furniture company 


Carolyn Keer 

Creative Director for Anthropologie 



International leaders in sustainable building and transformative architecture 


Ray King

Internationally exhibited sculptor 


Jack Larimore 

Nationally renowned sculptor, designer, and furniture-maker 


Kevin O’Brien 

Kevin O’Brien Studios - producers of cut-silk velvet and ultra lux textiles 


Josh Otto

Otto Architects LLC – James Beard award nominee, architectural and interior design firm 


Darin Rowland 

Digital designer and Philadelphia-based sign painter 


Shelley Spector 

Artist and historian with an anthropologist-spin 


Dom Streater 

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 


Adam Wallacavage 

Artist of trademark tentacle chandeliers 


John Wind 

Maximal Art - modern vintage jewelry and home furnishings 


Isaiah Zagar 

Mosaic muralist and creator of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens 


About DesignPhiladelphia 

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:

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:

About Bluecadet 

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:

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