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September 19, 2019 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2019 Festival
Amtrak is participating in DesignPhiladelphia this year for the first time, and the company is excited to welcome industrial and product designers to help progress its sustainability goals at its “Food Delivery Design with Amtrak- Get Carried Away” design charrette onboard its long-distance cars. “Here at Amtrak, we are constantly seeking new ideas that help us improve our customers’ on-board experience and, increasingly, lessen our impact on the environment,” says Lenka Hennessy, Amtrak’s Senior Director of Product Development & Customer Experience. “When we discovered the opportunity to participate in DesignPhiladelphia, we realized that we had an unique chance to tap into Philadelphia’s creative design community to help Amtrak solve a food service delivery challenge in our evolving on-board customer experience: We must effectively deliver meals to our customers and exceed their expectations while reducing packaging, waste and dependence on single-use plastic.” On October 10 th , Amtrak will be inviting industrial and product designers who have an interest in sustainable design to come on board Viewliner Sleeper and Dining cars to meet employees, learn about Amtrak’s sustainability and food service goals and subsequently design potential solutions for a new onboard food service delivery model. Environmental sustainability is a corporate focus...more
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September 19, 2019 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2019 Festival, Press Releases
*/ In conjunction with DesignPhiladelphia , the Philadelphia Design District announces its outdoor installation on the theme DESIGN IMMERSION , a design takeover of Old City’s North 3rd Street, Saturday, October 5th, Noon to 6 PM, on 3rd Street - between Arch & Race. Weather permitting – No rain date! Liberated from traffic and parked vehicles, PDD’s design showrooms, art galleries, architects, artists & makers will spill out onto 3rd Street with interactive installations, demonstrations, and random moments of sheer beauty. Visitors are invited to observe, converse, interact, and to enjoy the new spirit of Old City design in unique and unexpected ways. The afternoon will feature European furniture, Persian rugs, French Floral design, textiles, sculptures, and installations created by PDD’s diverse members: Biello Martin Studio, K Gallery Art & Design, Kellijane, Minima, Moderne Gallery, Parisa Rugs & Décor, Pentimenti Gallery, Petit Jardin En Ville, Roche Bobois, and 39 North Architects. Exhibits will include a display of vintage cars from the 1960’s, new works by two ceramic artists: Michael Biello’s sensually cascading family jewels, and works (and a demonstration) by Argentinian-born ceramicist Alfredo Ratinoff ; Minima’s new line of furniture from the Minotti collection by renowned architects/designers GamFratesi, Rodolfo Dordoni,...more
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September 19, 2019 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2019 Festival
ATTIC is a hyper-local search and discovery tool focused on vintage and artisan furniture, home decor and fashion products available from small businesses in Philadelphia and 10 other major metropolitan markets. The website features daily updates from over 50 independent stores of the greater Philadelphia area. Since its launch in 2018, the site has indexed more than 15,000 furniture, decor and clothing items -- a mix of vintage clothing from local boutiques, midcentury modern furniture, artisan-designed furniture and a wide variety of vintage and locally made home decor products. The goal is simple: make it easier for consumers to shop from small local businesses by giving them a single destination to identify stores and products. Using ATTIC allows you to skip the bouncing around from website to website and feed to feed. A little less chasing, a lot more finding. ATTIC is pleased to partner with DesignPhiladelphia to highlight stores and dealers of the greater Philadelphia area. Many of the products sold by stores and dealers shown on ATTIC represent significant works of design from the modern era, including machine age, art deco and midcentury modern furniture. Festival-goers are encouraged to check out the Philadelphia's vintage dealers and artisan makers...more
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September 19, 2019 | 2019 Festival, DesignPhiladelphia
The Architectural Glass Institute (AGI) sponsored its Third Annual Architectural Glass Student Design Competition in January. Third-year Jefferson University architecture and industrial design students participated as part of required coursework. Design Challenge Students were challenged to design a parking area screen for a new development at 1 Kelly Drive in East Falls. The design solution would incorporate architectural glass, metal panels, and lighting technology (including programmable lighting effects that could change over time). Approximately 200 feet long by 12 feet high, the street-facing screen needed to provide visual interest with controlled illumination, but had to consider nearby traffic and not create a distraction. Intended to be a permanent structure, prefabricated off-site before installation, the structure must be designed to survive weather conditions, withstand gravity, use low-maintenance materials, and be robust enough to take a reasonable amount of physical abuse at the ground level of a building in Philadelphia. Students were encouraged to explore qualities of glass and metal panels, considering color, translucency, applied fritting, films, or graphic designs on the wall surfaces. They could also incorporate leading-edge products such as photochromic glass. First Place: Potenza - "Bringing Back the Falls" Judging Submissions included brief narratives and detailed drawings presented on...more
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September 19, 2019 | 2019 Festival, DesignPhiladelphia, Press Releases
25th  Show celebrates with DesignPhiladelphia, Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, Workshops Philadelphia, PA (September 2019) – The  Philadelphia Furniture Show  returns to the 23rd Street Armory this fall for a weekend showing one-of-a-kind, hand-made pieces by artisans from around the country. This year’s special collaboration is with   DesignPhiladelphia   and  Rebuilding Together  Phila. The Show runs from Saturday, October 5th to Sunday, October 6th, with a Preview Party on Friday, October 4th from 6 to 9 pm, co-hosted by Rebuilding Together Philadelphia.   “This is the longest-running exhibition of its kind in the US,” said Stefa Normantas, managing partner of Green Tree Events, owner of the Philadelphia Furniture Show, “and this year we are delighted to offer daytime  workshops on three topics: designing with light; the business side of furniture making; and women in woodworking. ”  Sign up   on the Furniture Show website. The Show will exhibit the work of   fifty artisans  who create in wood, metal, ceramics, lighting and fabric, and also the winners of the Emerging Artist Contest: Jamie Herman from Vermont and Irene Wei from Michigan. The contest is sponsored and judged each year by The Furniture Society.   The Philadelphia Furniture Show is expected to draw 3000 visitors to...more