It’s that time of year again!


Yes, for the design community of Philadelphia it’s the time of year when studios and galleries open their doors for lectures and meet & greets, samples sales & workshops – it’s DesignPhiladelphia time. There’s so much going on that it would be almost impossible to list them all here (not to mention redundant – check out the website!), but here’s a couple of things I’m excited about checking out:

Oct. 7:
DesignPhiladelphia Kick-Off at LOVE Park!
The Indoor and Outdoor Lounge, created by Minima for the Welcome House, will feature local, national, and international designer furniture.

and while I’m there I’ll be looking at…
The Welcome House
Presented by First Person Arts in collaboration with InLiquid, The Welcome House is an artist residency by day and an art installation by night. The 10′ x 10′ transparent cube will reside in Love Park at 15th and JFK from October 4-13, 2009. Conceived and curated by artist Marianne Bernstein, designed by Interface Studio Architects with nighttime projection by Ricardo Rivera of klip collective, 10 Philadelphia artists and designers will create new work based on their interaction with the public. The work created in The Welcome House will be exhibited at the First Person Festival at the Painted Bride Art Center, Nov. 3-8. It will remain on exhibit through Dec. 31.

Oct. 8:
Philadelphia Fashion Week
Location: 23rd Street Armory
The first annual Philadelphia Fashion Week will include a jam-packed schedule of fashion designers from Philadelphia and across the globe showcasing what is in style. Attendees will have the opportunity to shop with retailers on site between shows. Tickets will be available through advance purchase only.

Philadelphia Fashion Week is a three-day event that will take place from October 8 – 10, 2009 with the following schedule each day:
5:00PM – 6:00PM – The best of student designers from area colleges
6:00PM – 8:00PM – Streetwear designers
8:00PM – 10:00PM – Contemporary couture designers

Oct. 9:
Windows Throughout Old City – Opening Event
“Windows Throughout Old City” is part of a contest sponsored by OCBC as part of the Designphiladelphia celebration. Stroll the historic blocks of Old City filled with window displays designed by students, recent graduates, professionals, and artists in various fields of design. Window tours will commence the week of October 2nd. Hosted at Dane Decor’s lovely Old City Showroom, hor’s d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

If you’re out and walking around be sure to check out the Old City Cheese Shop window on 160 N. 3rd Street designed by Handmade Philly member Jenny Kellerhals!


Oct. 10:
TangenT Art Collaborative – William Cromar, Yvonne Love, and Gabrielle Russomango – present 709B. Multiple video projections featuring performance artists Joel Richard Gori and Sasha Tainovch and a free art “takeaway” are just part of this TangenT production. Mapping and projection are a means by which identity and place are distilled and presented, often conveying only a strategic truth. This work is a multimedia meditation on the friction that exists between reality and its presentation to ourselves and others. Rittenhouse Square, adjacent to Parc restaurant.

Oct. 11:
2nd Annual Philly Swap-O-Rama Rama

and hopefully a little…
Philly PoP- A PoP Up Experience Shop
“Philly PoP- A PoP Up Experience Shop” in downtown Philadelphia is part of an ongoing series of traveling “PoP Up Experience Shops” whereby participants use their background in art and design to transform an unconventional space into a fashion, art and music house for one day. Showcasing the work of Philadelphia and New York based fashion designers, artists and graphic designers, Philly PoP invites members of the public to partake in a fun, interactive display of design. Attendees will also be able shop the collections of featured designers and artists. Please RSVP to

Oct. 12:
Join us for a talk on how to have your work seen and published. An overview of how to gain the attention of writers, editors, competition jurors, and the masses. Presentation includes a discussion of public relations tactics and case studies from Go Welsh, a design studio based in Lancaster, PA.

Oct. 13:
Sneak Peek of 10 Rittenhouse Square
Join host ARCWheeler, the project’s developer, and other project participants for this exclusive sneak peek, guided hard hat tour of 10 Rittenhouse Square, the newest luxury residential building to open in Philadelphia.

and of course…
Ignite Philly
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 â�� 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. Join us for a DesignPhiladelphia closing event.

Hope to see you out!


One Response to “It’s that time of year again!”

  1. Ariel West

    Beautiful designs…. I miss the beauty of Philly…

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