Build Your Own Furniture During DesignPhiladelphia

October 2, 2017 | DesignPhiladelphia

Saturday, October 7, 2017 
Morning  11am – 1pm 
Afternoon  2pm – 4pm
3211 Cedar St. Philadelphia, PA 19134

The DIY movement is strong and growing. There are maker spaces popping up all over the place as our friends and neighbors are eager for opportunities to create.

Bespoke furniture maker, designer and traveling teacher Michelle Lipson is ready to do her part. She will host two hands on events in her Port Richmond studio during the 2017 DesignPhiladelphia Festival to celebrate the launch of new classes.

Each two-hour session kicks off with a talk on the maker movement’s role in the economy and across the creative community as a source of recreational opportunities and entrepreneurship. The contemporary practice of furniture making, from custom design to small-scale production, will also be discussed, as well as ways of using new tools to inform design and construction.

These talking points, followed by a demo showing how parts are cut on the CNC machine, will provide context for the hands on workshop.

Participants will collaborate, mixing and matching pre-cut parts and assembling tables of their own.  Names will be drawn out of a hat to see who gets to take them home!

RSVP for the talk/demo or purchase tickets to build a table here 

$10 Tickets to build tables

Free for the talk and CNC demo

RSVPing “going” to the fb event is appreciated

About ML Woodworking
Michelle Lipson has over 15 years of experience designing and building custom furniture. She teaches group continuing ed classes at a maker space in Brooklyn and recently launched group instruction at her studio in Port Richmond.   

MLW now offers classes that combine new technology and tools with traditional building practices and give students a strong foundation of technical skills. These detailed, guided classes can safely navigate beginners through more complicated projects and exponentially benefit design professionals who understand the big picture, but who lack the hands-on experience in the shop to give their designs integrity. The classes reflect the way small businesses are manufacturing products today: with a focus on teamwork between colleagues, an eye toward problem solving with technology, an emphasis on accuracy and craftsmanship, and an interest in collaboration with other local artisans.

Michelle firmly believes building is fun, develops our problem solving abilities and can be a great asset in community building.


About DesignPhiladelphia
DesignPhiladelphia, a signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, is the oldest design event of its kind in the country and annually showcases the work of practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals. Experience design in unexpected ways through more than 100 exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, tours, talks, and events held in venues across the city. Learn about wide-ranging topics, including architecture, urban planning, landscape, graphic, multimedia, product, furniture design, fashion, and the like. This year’s Festival kicks off on October 4th and events run from October 5 – 14 For more information on planning an event, sponsoring, advertising, or attending the 2017 Festival, visit:






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