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Guide To DesignPhiladelphia 2014

Fashion, furniture, art…it all begins with design. This October, check out Philly's vibrant design scene at the aptly-named DesignPhiladelphia, featuring more than a week of workshops, conferences, installations, exhibits and more. – Chelsea Karnash


What: DesignPhiladelphia offers more than a week of design-centric programming. Now in its 10th year, the event includes more than 400 national and international designers from all disciplines and more than 120 events in venues in and around Philly. This year's theme is "A Decade of Design" in celebration of the event's 10th anniversary.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 8 – Friday, Oct. 17, 2014


Since there are more than 100 events, you definitely can't attend them all. Check out our picks below.

PopUp Place: Kick-off Cocktails + Party

1526 Frankford Ave
Oct. 8, 6 - 8 p.m.

Help kick-off this year's DesignPhiladelphia Festival in Emmy Award-winning digital agency Bluecadet's new 8,400-square-foot studio space. In addition to a silent auction spotlighting mirrors that have been transformed by international designers, expect unique cocktails and entertainment.

DesignPhiladelphia at the Clay Studio
The Clay Studio
139 N 2nd St
Oct. 9 – 11, Oct. 13 – 17

Explore the way the ceramists approach design at this ongoing exhibition at the Clay Studio.

Experience of a Modern Metropolis: Philadelphia
Starts at the Center for Architecture
1218 Arch St
Oct. 9, 11, 12, 14-16

Take a walking tour that explores Philly's diverse architectural styles, from the 1860s to the present day.

StylePop at Dilworth Park
Dilworth Park
Broad & Market Sts
Oct. 9, 16

Six emerging designers will show off their collections at Dilworth Park's weekly StylePop.

The Trestle Inn
339 N 11th St
Oct. 10, 6 – 9 p.m.

Get your hair (and makeup) did at The Trestle and Moko Organic Beauty Studio's "FunDo." Plus, guests can nosh on classic fondue.

Camden Night Garden: The Harvest
Northgate Park
600 Elm St
Oct. 11, 6 – 9 p.m.

Celebrate the completion of the world's largest tablecloth (yes, really) at this party, which includes light projections and seasonal food from local restaurants.

Wine Design: A Blind Tasting
More than Old
144 N 3rd St
Oct. 11, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Whether you're a wine amateur or an aficionado, this blind tasting is a great way to start off your Saturday evening. Taste-test a series of California red wines, vote for your favorite then try to guess its price.

Old City Fest
Throughout the city's Old City neighborhood
Oct. 12, 12 – 6 p.m.

Art, design, fashion and food combine for the first-ever Old City Fest, which honors a decade of DesignPhiladelphia.

Artist Lofts: Creative Community
Warehouse Artist Lofts
Oct. 15, 5 – 9 p.m.

Ever wanted to catch a glimpse of the inside of a true artist's loft? Now's your chance. During this tour, members of the artistic community will open their homes and studio space to the public.

I Love My Creative Job!
Greek Hall at Macy's
13th & Chestnut Sts
Oct. 15, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

College students and recent grads can get a look at some of the creative jobs at Philadelphia's Creative Economy and hear from local professionals in advertising, fashion and more.

Closing Celebration: Lairs of Life in Everyday Self

Crane Arts Icebox
1400 N American St
Oct. 17, 6 – 10 p.m.

Sadly, DesignPhiladelphia has come to a close. Go out in style at this soiree, featuring designs from Sean Martorana and Dejha Ti.


Many DesignPhiladelphia events are free, but some (like the kickoff and closing parties) require you to reserve a spot or buy a ticket.

For more information on DesignPhiladelphia, click here.

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