Thank you to everyone who made the 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Festival a success! Our Festival is the annual event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, and this past week we celebrated our 10th anniversary. In over 130 events across the Greater Philadelphia area, we showcased the work of over 400 practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals and we demonstrated the force of Philadelphia’s design, tech, and collaborative business practices.
This year’s Festival kicked off at Bluecadet, an Emmy-Award winning digital agency located in Fishtown. Over 300 guests mixed, mingled, and bid on one-of-a-kind works by 20 nationally and internationally renowned, Philadelphia-based designers. The following nine-days were jam-packed with exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, tours, lectures, and events held in a variety of venues across the city.
Highlights included the Brownstein Group's reception and exhibition, Signs of the Times, Moto + Milyon's lighting workshop, Tyler's Art Market, 13th annual IIDA Product Parade, Lisa Roberts' DesignPOP book launch, Extreme Collaborations in Medicine + Design panel discussion, and Klip Collective's open house. Day four stopped traffic in Old City: Old City Fest celebrated a booming neighborhood of art, design, food, and creativity with exhibitions, street food, and live demonstrations at Arch Enemy Arts, Smak Parlour, The Clay Studio, Dane Décor, and the Franklin Fountain. AIGA Philadelphia stole the show with The Hamilton Wood Type workshops and live printing demonstrations, and Stephen Burks was on hand at Roche Bobois to greet guests and discuss his new collaboration, The Traveler Collection.
The Festival closed the evening of October 17th with Lairs of Self in Everyday Life. An immersive installation designed by Sean Martorana, Dejha Ti, and a team of 20+ designers, animators, video mappers, programmers, industrial designers, fabricators, musicians, and dancers wowed the crowd.
Did you attend? We'd love to hear from you. We'd appreciate 10 minutes of your time to complete a short audience survey. For your effort and to show our appreciation, you'll be entered to win two (2) tickets to next year's PopUp Place - the Festival kickoff party + benefit (valued at $250).