PW’s Picks for DesignPhiladelphia

By Nicole Finkbiner and Darren White
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Smash-up: Breaking printers is encouraged here.


Tomorrow, DesignPhiladelphia will be kicking off its seventh year as one of the nation’s largest design events with 11 days of nonstop public events, parties, fashion shows, lectures and workshops. Held at various locations across the city, the events will showcase more than 450 local designers and visionaries across a variety of design disciplines—architecture, urban planning and industrial design, and fashion, public art and product design. While far from a comprehensive list, here’s a few of the upcoming events that sound like a good time.

Packing Big Style in a Small Space
As urban dwellers, most of us are living in smaller quarters than we’d like. During this event, Joey Jagod—well-known design personality and former director of store design for Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams—will show you fun and practical ways to create maximum style and functionality within minimal space—whether it be a studio apartment or something even smaller. Should you have specific design dilemmas or questions, Jagod will be available to offer his expertise after the presentation. Sat., Oct. 15, 11am. Luxe Home Philadelphia, 1308 Chestnut St. (Nicole Finkbiner)

IMPART: Composing Fashion
Green fashion fanatics, rejoice! Learn various printmaking and pattern-making techniques that are environmentally friendly and nontoxic to the earth and to your body. Utilizing natural objects like wood, food and veggies and nontoxic dyes, you’ll pick up tips for various printmaking techniques on fabrics and other surfaces during this two-hour workshop. After you’ve learned some skills, take a look at some other earth-friendly fabrics and prints done by others while you’re at the farm. Sat., Oct. 15, noon. $10. Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland St. (Darren White)

Printer Smash
That’s right—finally, you have the chance to live out that scene from Office Space we’ve all fantasized about at one point or another. Various implements of destructions and safety glasses will be provided and the creatively disassembled printers will be recycled. Sat., Oct. 15, 7pm. Free. The Hacktory, 313 S. Broad St. 215.650.7295. (N.F.)

Phabergé Egg Hunt
Rather than the candy-filled plastic eggs you hunted for as a child, for this interactive art experience the Mural Arts Program is inviting residents of all ages to track down papier-mâché eggs adorned with images of various Philly murals, neighborhoods and landmarks, each hand-painted by local students and professional artists. About 25-30 eggs will be strategically placed along the Mural Mile walking tour and participants have the choice of following the tour or tracing the route on their own. Found eggs should be returned to Mural Arts’ new office/exhibition space inside the Gallery, where finders will be entered into a raffle. Sun., Oct. 16. All day. Free. Various locations. (N.F.)

Design Bike Tour
Grab a bike, helmet and lock and discover parts of this city you’ve probably never bothered to notice. Michael McGettigan from Trophy Bikes will lead you at an easy pace on a roughly 10-mile tour past some of the best and worst examples of design in Philly. This includes odd vistas and the city’s smallest and grandest squares. You’ll even get to stop and check out a few DesignPhilly receptions along the way. Sun, Oct. 16, 2pm. $5. 30th St. Station, 30th and Market sts. 215.222.2020. (N.F.)

Landing a job in the arts in this economy can seem like a fairy tale (believe us creative professionals, we at PW feel your pain), but Campus Philly has your back, whether you’re still a student or you graduated years ago. Join more than 20 employers (including InLiquid and NBC 10) as they dole out tips about landing a paying job or an internship, networking with other creatives, and offer their opinions on the future of employment in the creative sector. Bring your business cards, portfolios and writing clips—there will be ample time for some review and networking. Note: This is event is sold out and not accepting any more participants. Mon., Oct. 17, 4pm. Free. The Market & Shops at the Comcast Center. (D.W.)

Celebrate the spirit of Elvis and all things rock ‘n’ roll. The stylists and snippers at Moko invite you to a night dedicated to the hairstyle that made Grease and gave Janelle Monae that extra slice of swagger: the pompadour. Best part: If you show up to the event with your own pompadour (the level of palmade used is all up to you), you’ll leave with a gift bag full of goodies. Wed., Oct. 19, 6:30pm. Free. Moko Beauty Salon, 55 N. Third St. 215.922.6656. (D.W.)

Big Chalkers
Besides simply admiring the creativity of others throughout DesignPhilly, PlayPhilly is giving you a chance to leave your own, albeit temporary, artistic tag on this city while letting your inner child run loose. Four-foot-tall crayons made of chalk will be scattered around the plaza for the young and old alike to color freely on the sidewalk. Tues., Oct. 18, 5pm. Free. Café Cret, 1600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215.735.9797. (N.F.)

Not a Vacant Lot
Just four blocks from City Hall sits a large empty lot—one of the 40,000 currently scattered about the city—serving as nothing more than an eyesore along the vibrant Avenue of the Arts and a glaring example of Philly’s pervasive vacancy problem. DesignPhiladelphia and the University of the Arts are teaming up with Penn Design students and independent curator Marianne Bernstein to turn the unused space into a showcase of cutting-edge programming and landscape design. During the exhibition’s five-day run, there will also be nightly video showings and live performances that rotate daily. Wed., Oct. 19, all day. Through Oct. 23. Free. 313 S. Broad St. (N.F.)

Pick up some style tricks as you watch 10 local salons transform models into vivacious vixens using the glamorous pin-up looks of the 1930s-1950s to inspire their hair, makeup and wardrobe. The models will then flaunt their looks across several stages and pose for photos. Best of all, guest hairstylists will be there to recreate their saucy Marilyn Monroe-esque dos on you—for free! Sun., Oct. 23, 7pm. Free. National Mechanics, 22 S. Third St. (N.F.)

For a complete listing of events or for more information, visit

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