Thank you to everyone who made the 2015 DesignPhiladelphia Festival a success!
Our Festival is the signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. From October 8th-16th 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, in over 85 events across the Greater Philadelphia area,
This year’s Festival kicked off at the Liao Collection, a striking gallery abounding with Antique Chinese and Japanese furniture, objects of art and textiles. Over 300 guests mixed, mingled, and experienced the debut of Pearl Street Passage.
All weekend Pearl Street Passage sent vibrations through Chinatown. Philadelphians of all ages experienced 10 interactive art installations that filled Pearl Street. Live performances by Worldtown Soundsystem, J.E Kim, Mobile Funk Unit, and Setu Tribe got the whole street dancing. On day four Asian Arts Initiative’s 3rd Annual Pearl Street Block Party rocked the street as the whole neighborhood came out to break bread, dance, and enjoy public art. Search #pearlstpassage on Instagram to see the Pearl Street Passage transformation through the public’s eye.
The nine-days of DesignPhiladelphia were jam-packed with exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, tours, lectures, and events held in a variety of venues across the city. Highlights included the The Art of Active Play: Healthy Play Panel, Create with Corian! Hands on Workshop at NextFab, the 2015 GeoDesign Forum, and Shifting Attitudes in Health and Wellness. The Art Market at Tyler, came back this year with a twist, a new series of interactive art workshops were held conjunction with the Art Market. On day eight of the festival, 250+ designers were invigorated by The Society of Design Conference, which realized the power of design to create positive change.
The Festival closed the evening of October 18th with the Design Crawl in Old City. Design lovers from around the city met at The Center for Art in Wood to view the Design Showcase, created by Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design. The Showcase featured actual room settings using an eclectic array of furnishings, objects and art exclusively from Old City shops and galleries. The crawl continued with visits to Millesime & Ligne Roset’s new showroom, featuring the work of AMBIT Architecture, SHIFT_DESIGN, and Caitlin Mejia Media Art.
We'd like to extend a special thank you to our event partners, ranging from emerging design studios to international renowned designers; from major cultural institutions to boutiques and local galleries. The breadth and depth of Philadelphia's design-scene was apparent for all to see. Click here to see the local and national media coverage of DesignPhiladelphia.
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 VIP Kickoff Party and Benefit (valued at $250) or one of two $50 gift certificate to the AIA Bookstore.