A Guide To Design Philadelphia

Oct 10, 2012

Philadelphia is a city full of creatives. It’s a hub for creativity, fashion, history, design, and innovation. This from Oct 10-14, Design Philadelphia will showcase the role that design has played all throughout the rich history of Philadelphia. 

DesignPhiladelphia demonstrates, supports, and promotes the ability that design has to generate innovation, solve problems, enhance daily life and influence both the perception and economics of the region.

I’ve pulled together a list of events you don’t want to miss. It’s going to be a creative and crazy week here in Philly but I can’t wait to get started! Here are some of the few I’m looking forward to. You can see the entire list of events over at the Design Philly Website.


 Design Philly’s Popup Place + Coctail Party


Provenance Architecturals
912 Canal Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
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You’re invited to PopUp Place – the 2012 DesignPhiladelphia Festival kick-off party. Join us for an evening of design exhibitions, fashion showcases, and outdoor revelry, set on the fringe of Northern Liberties at Provenance Architecturals, a 10,000 square-foot salvage warehouse.

Celebrate with the 2012 Design Champion Award winner. Indulge in fabulous fare from 12th Street Catering. Hangout in the pallet lounge by Bonzai Homes. Catch the So Re Fa fashion show produced by Arcadia Boutique. Sip signature cocktails by Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.

Experience /adaptations/ – an exhibition on sustainable design. Build an interactive architectural structure with Public Workshop. View outdoor projections by Matt Suib and Nadia Hironaka.

The benefit celebration will roll into the PopUp Place Street Party, igniting the 900 block of cobblestone Canal Street, at the doors of Provenance from 7:30 – 10pm. The street party is free and open to the public.

The Day of Dead Symposium in Latin American Craft

Learn about the tradition and mystery of the Day of the Dead – the dramatic, colorful celebration for honoring the dead. Enjoy our three floors of folk art, exhibiting the use of Latin American crafts at home. Buy a sugar skull and decorate it in our Skull Room! Paper mache demonstrations by visiting Mexican artisans.

The Eyes Gallery
402 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147


• Oct 10 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
 • Oct 11 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
 • Oct 12 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
 • Oct 13 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
 • Oct 14 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Business Backwards With Mushmina: Designing in the Developing World

Please join us during DesignPhiladelphia for a photojournalism exhibition featuring our work with artisans in Morocco and Mali in Business Backwards with Mushmina: designing in the developing world. 

Mushmina, an accessories line, was started by sisters Heather and Katie O’Neill with the vision of employing artisans in North Africa. The sisters work on product development, travel with local transportation, and have many stories to tell about their adventures in starting a fair-trade business. 

Photos will be up from October 10-14, 2012 at the new Mushmina fair-trade boutique.
Free and open to the public. 

215-732-5500 / info@mushmina.com

Philadelphia Fashion Incubator

1300 Market Street

The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator will open its doors to the public for the first time during DesignPhiladelphia. 

Designers-in-Residence include, Autumn Kietponglert, Melissa D’Agostino, Moriamo Johnson, Latifat Obajinmi, and Kaitlyn Doherty. 

Come for a tour of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator studio and meet the 2012 Designers-in-Residence. Event takes place on the 3rd floor. Tours will take place every half hour at: 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm. 

Free and open to the public.

Living HyLo Style: A Fall 2012 Lookbook

HyLo Boutiques Location:
333 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103 

Join us for a screening of our short film, an experiential lookbook featuring fall picks from Philly’s premier designers, including NINObrand, DannyFox, and M.Brûlée. 

As a member of our audience, you will have the chance to participate in our story. And to round out the good times our featured libation, Spodee Wine, will be served! We look forward to celebrating our city with you #hylostyle.

Free and open to the public.
484-278-1489 / info@hyloboutiques.com

These are just a few of the many events going on this week. I’m excited to try and attend as many as I can! Tweet me @chaucee  to follow along! I’ll be updating on Instagram as well (find me as @chaucee).

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by chaucee

Hi, I’m Chaucee, the hands behind the words on this screen. I started this blog as a college freshman in 2008 as a creative outlet while studying for my bachelor’s. Since then it’s grown into a way to document things I love and things I’m learning. Welcome : )


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