DesignPhiladelphia 2017 Celebrates Local and World Renowned Designers

August 18, 2017 | DesignPhiladelphia

DesignPhiladelphia 2017 Celebrates Local and World Renowned Designers


BDDW founder, Tyler Hays, and Cappellini creative director,

Guilio Cappellini to present programs


Philadelphia, PA – August 18, 2017 – The 2017 DesignPhiladelphia Festival, October 5-14, 2017, highlights some of the best designers Philadelphia has to offer, while also celebrating some of the world’s greatest designers. Tyler Hays of BDDW is both. His company, BDDW, is a world-renowned furniture design company with its headquarters right here in Fishtown. Millésimé, an Old City staple, is bringing Guilio Cappellini to highlight the Italian furniture company’s work, and also to moderate a discussion with local designers about a project for Bok Bar in south Philadelphia. Jefferson, now merged with Philadelphia University, has an impressive list of events on its East Falls and Center City campuses. Additionally, the Center for Architecture and Design will host FitCityPHL 3, a one-day conference that challenges designers and the public health community to work together to solve public health issues. The first weekend of the Festival, the Center will transform into the Art Star Market, while on the second weekend, NextFab will host their Maker Market, providing opportunities for local makers to sell their wares.

In 2015, DesignPhiladelphia was embarking on planning the first Festival without founder Hilary Jay at the helm. The DesignPhiladelphia steering committee, comprised of designers, thinkers, educators, and policymakers, was tasked with answering the questions, what is DesignPhiladelphia now and what should it be? Those discussions resulted in three main goals: (1) highlight local and global design excellence; (2) support and facilitate economic opportunities for local designers; and (3) demonstrate the value and impact that design has on our everyday lives. This year’s Festival was curated with these three goals in mind.


Once again, DesignPhiladelphia and Collab are teaming up to highlight design excellence during the Festival. Tyler Hays will give a talk at the Philadelphia Museum of Art followed by a scavenger hunt throughout the museum’s galleries where some of his works will be incorporated amongst the existing collection. BDDW is a tremendous example of how Philadelphia is a great place for design companies to grow their businesses. We are so excited to be partnering with Collab again this year to co-host a talk and special installations at the Museum during DesignPhiladelphia,” said Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director, Center for Architecture and Design. “Unlike many other cities around the globe, Philadelphia has the resources for you to go from building cardboard cities in grade school to growing a business of making things to having one of your pieces of furniture on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.”


Millésimé, a full-service design showroom in Old City, will showcase Italian furniture design company Cappellini in their showroom with a “Shop within a Shop” concept. Guillio Cappellini, the company’s creative director and self-proclaimed talent scout, will be on hand during the Millésimé closing reception on the last day of the Festival and will also moderate a panel discussion featuring a group of local designers that created a series of furniture for Bok Bar in south Philadelphia.


Facilitating economic opportunity for local designers is hands down one of the most important challenges of DesignPhiladelphia. This year we teamed up with Art Star Market to take over the Center for Architecture and Design during the first weekend of DesignPhilly, while NextFab will host their Maker Market the second weekend. In addition, the AIA Bookstore will transform into the DesignPhilly Pop-Up Shop featuring local designers for the duration of the festival.


The design process can be a powerful community engagement tool in engaging citizens to help solve some of our most pressing societal and environmental problems. The one-day FitCityPHL 3 conference is organized by a Planning Committee comprised of representatives from Health Promotion Council; AARP Pennsylvania, Inc.; American Society of Landscape Architects - DE/PA and PA Chapters; Center for Architecture and Design; Community Design Collaborative; Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission; Drexel University; Montgomery County Planning Commission; PennPraxis; Philadelphia City Planning Commission; Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation; Philadelphia Department of Public Health; Philadelphia Local Initiatives Support Corporation; Pennsylvania Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics; Pennsylvania Department of Health; and United States Department of Health and Human Services. The event puts designers and the public health community together to collaboratively solve public health issues.


New to the Festival this year, Design Crawls will engage new communities. Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods and with that comes a tendency for its inhabitants to frequent the stores and restaurants in their communities. Design Crawls will not only expand the reach of the Festival, but will also expose people to new neighborhoods and new designers working right in their community.


There really is something for everyone this year at DesignPhiladelphia. Be on the lookout for guidebooks at various locations throughout the city.



About DesignPhiladelphia

About Center for Architecture and Design

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About Millésimé

About FitCityPHL 3

About NextFab

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