Take A Seat | Meet the Designers (part 2)

October 5, 2013 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2013 Festival


Take A Seat | A Silent Auction at PopUp Place 2013

This year, DesignPhiladelphia will be offering PopUp Place ticket holders the chance to bid in a contemporary art & design auction called Take A Seat.  The auction will give design aficionados and collectors the chance to bid on works by 16 of the region’s hottest designers/design firms working across a variety of disciplines.  Participating designers were given an identical chair, generously donated by 2013 Festival sponsor, IKEA, to transform. MARTIN, made of powder-coated steel and molded birch plywood, has a simplistic form which provided a starting point for our challenge. There was only one rule of engagement – the final result, either functional or purely aesthetic, must incorporate the given chair's component parts.

Meet the Designers & Sneak a Peek

Today, we feature 4 more of the 16 designers and give you a little taste of what they have come up with.

RJ Thornburg fabulist RJ's mastery of interior eloquence can be likened to Willy Wonka’s approach to chocolate; it’s about more than the product put forth, it’s about the process of creating that gives the sum of the parts wholeness. Working in tandem with artists from a myriad of materials, backgrounds, talents, and strengths, he sees the potential, enacts the possibilities, and sets about polishing everything off with vivacious forte. It is no wonder to anyone who has enlisted his ingenuity for their projects why he isn’t titled a designer, but a fabulist.

Beth Beverly rogue taxidermist Philadelphia’s premiere rogue taxidermist, Beth Beverly specialises in wearable taxidermy and has been a state and federally licensed taxidermist since being formally trained in 2010.  Her work has been featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, plus galleries from Philadelphia to Los Angeles.  Recently featured as an "Immortalizer" on AMC's series about competitive taxidermy, she relishes in defying common stereotypes of taxidermists.  

Mark Price graphic designer/screen printer Mark Price lives and works in Philadelphia. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. In 2009 his work was selected by curator Aaron Betsky for inclusion in the internationally recognized Confines exhibition at the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern. Price has held one solo exhibition at CHRISTINA RAY in New York. He is a member of the Philadelphia-based artist collective Space 1026.

Katie Masi for Digsau architects DIGSAU is an award-winning architecture firm practicing contemporary architecture, urbanism and environmental design. Their studio aspires to develop places that convey potent ideas and connect to the human spirit. Their team's diverse backgrounds and a broad range of partnerships allow them to execute innovative projects across a wide range of project types. They have a broad view architecture, how it is made, and who makes it.


Auction Details

The live auction takes place on the evening of October 9th during PopUp Place, the 2013 DesignPhiladelphia Festival Kick Off Party + Benefit. Proceeds of the auction will benefit the year-round educational programming of the Center for Architecture. Bidding is open exclusively to PopUp Place ticket holders.

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See a full list of participating Take A Seat designers here.

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