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Insider’s Guide To DesignPhiladelphia 2009


Photo Courtesy of DesignPhiladelphiaAs you walk through the city, your eyes might drift from an elaborate mural to a modern sculpture and then to classic lines of historic architecture. Needless to say, Philadelphia is a cultural Mecca that excites and inspires its residents at every corner. DesignPhiladelphia celebrates the city’s thriving culture by “spotlighting all things design - from architecture to interior design, fashion to product design, textile to graphic design.” In its 5th year, DesignPhiladelphia will showcase over 500 designers via 125 events that include a series of workshops, lectures, studio tours, exhibitions, runway shows and other special events.

DesignPhiladelphia Founder and Executive Director Hilary Jay, says, “Through showcasing the extent of designers and retailers, professional offices, museums, and galleries in this area, DesignPhiladelphia aides the city's retention and attraction of young designers and creative professionals. DesignPhiladelphia is instrumental in raising the national reputation of Philadelphia as a city of change and innovation. And, it’s just one example of how creative industries are impacting cities nationwide.” And in an effort to help us navigate this plethora of cultural events, Hilary Jay shares her top 13 can’t-miss events that span general design issues, community revitalization, social responsibility and sustainability:


DesignPhiladelphia Kick Off!

October 07, 2009  7:00PM - 10:00PM

The Welcome Center, LOVE Park, 15th & Arch Street

The kick off celebration of DesignPhiladelphia 2009 in LOVE Park. The Indoor and Outdoor Lounge, created by Minima for the Welcome House, will feature local, national, and international designer furniture.

Admission: Free   


Dialogues on Design: Harry Allen

October 09, 2009 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street
Harry Allen's work spans multiple design disciplines, including product design, interior design, graphic design and identity development, and packaging design. His furniture is in production with a number of clients including Habitat, Dune, and Magis and his award-winning product and packaging designs for DuPont™, IKEA, Target, Aveda, Wireworks, and Areaware are available worldwide.

Admission: Free


Dialogues on Design: Ellen Lupton

October 11, 2009  Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street

Ellen Lupton is the Curator of contemporary design at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum as well as the Director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Ellen is author of more than nine books on design topics and curator of numerous nationally recognized exhibitions. Following the talk and Q&A, Ellen will be signing copies of "Design Your Life," her latest book from St. Martin's Griffin (May 2009).

Admission: Free


Ignite Philly

October 13, 2009 Doors 7pm, speakers begin 8pm

Location: Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 

Ignite Philly is part of a worldwide network that entertains and educates people in fresh, short bursts. Each presenter is on stage for a total of 5 minutes -- 20 slides, running in 15 second intervals. For DesignPhiladelphia 2009, presenters will tackle design-related issues in the nightclub setting of Fishtown’s Johnny Brenda’s.

Admission: Free


All in Good Taste

October 08, 2009 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Location: South Kensington

A progressive cocktail party and tour of new buildings, design studios, and facilities in South Kensington. Begin at Milner + Carr Conservation, a firm specializing in the restoration of historic structures, art, and sculpture. Then stroll over to bahdeebahdu, an incomparable studio, showroom and gallery where art and design become one. Finally, hop on the private trolley and ride to Front & Palmer, the new headquarters and event space for Feast Your Eyes Catering. Trolley service back to Bahdeebahdu at the end of the evening. Nibbles and drinks will be available at all three locations.

Admission: $10 donation   For More Information: RSVP to skip@fyecatering.com


Restoring a House in the City

October 09, 2009 7:00PM - 10:00PM

Location: Minima, 118 North 3rd Street

Minima, in conjunction with DesignPhiladelphia, invites you to an evening with Ingrid Abramovitch, author of "Restoring a House in the City: A Guide to Renovating Town Houses, Row Houses, and Brownstones - With Great Style".
Abramovitch, a former editor at House & Garden, will present slides from her new book. Highlights include a Colonial row house in Philadelphia's Society Hill whose renovation and cutting-edge furnishings were overseen by Minima's Eugenie Perret and Michael Schmick. Abramovitch will also offer ideas and advice for renovating or decorating any older apartment or home - whether your style is traditional, modern, or somewhere in-between.

Admission: Free   


Ad Hoc Urbanism: Adventures in Temporary Use

Community Design Collaborative  

October 13, 2009 6:00PM
Temporary, interim, or intermittent uses are part of a growing trend for responding creatively to cities in transition. Last year, the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) invited an international group of designers to Cleveland to create Pop Up City, a series of projects utilizing vacant sites for just one day. Pop Up City’s temporary interventions offered an engaging way to test ideas for urban rejuvenation and counteract the negative mindset of a shrinking city. Join CUDC’s Terry Schwarz (Senior Planner, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative) to discuss these projects, their impact, and the potential of temporary uses in rethinking and rebuilding transitional cities and neighborhoods.

Admission: Free


Design Buy Sell: Local Design for a Local Market

October 09, 2009 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Location: Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street

The Sustainable Business Network and DesignPhiladelphia are teaming up to host an exciting event focusing on bringing local design products to the regional marketplace. Panelists include: current Philadelphia industrial designers, business owners who are responsible for buying products at wholesale, leaders in the green design industry, and small business development specialists who will discuss the challenges and opportunities for local design, production, marketing, distribution, and sales.

Admission: Free


Philly Works Presented by Made in Philly

October 09, 2009 6:00PM - 11:00PM

Location: University of Pennsylvania School of Design

Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery, 220 South 34th Street

Philly Works is an installation of functional objects of all scales, quantities, and production techniques that are made in the Philadelphia region. Philly Works is a survey of design, manufacturing, and craft exhibited through a showcase of prototypes, limited editions, and mass-produced goods. The show will include a "corner store" where some of the many items can be purchased.


October 11, 2009  4:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd Street

Socially Responsible Fashion (SO RE FA) presented by Northern Liberty's Arcadia Boutique. Eco-fashion wear and local eco-fashion designers will be represented in a full fashion show event.

Admission: Free  


Nathan Shedroff: Sustainable Design Strategy

Philly CHI   AIGA Philadelphia

October 07, 2009 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Location: Tyler School of Art Temple University 2001 N. 13th Street, Room B004

The worlds of design (and design thinking), business (and strategy), and sustainability are drawing ever more tightly together. To approach any one of these perspectives without the others is becoming less possible. Nathan Shedroff will make these domains, and the connections between them, clear and easy to follow and inspire you to integrate these perspectives, techniques, and tools into your practice.

Admission: Free


Publics Stimulus Packages, ACT 2: TAZtetris

International Design Clinic  

October 08, 2009 6:00PM

Location: TBD
TAZtetris is an urban free-space realized through the reclamation of open lots and the creative reengineering of scaffolding. During DesignPhiladelphia, TAZtetris will provide a home for a randomized series of events, performances, happenings, and exhibitions.

Admission: Free


Storm Water Systems for the Philly Row Home

October 08, 2009 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Location: TBD (Northern Liberties / South Kensington / New Kensington area)

Urban Studio (US) is working to address one of our municipality's most pressing water problems - storm water management. To better educate the public on Philadelphia's water situation, as well as to inspire individuals to do their part for storm water management, US presents storm water concepts to the citizens of Philadelphia. This unique, interactive exhibition offers a glimpse of this critical issue, the US integrative process, and possible futures for storm water systems.

Admission: Free


DesignPhiladelphia 2009

October 7th-13th

For more information, visit www.designphiladelphia.org