Get inspired to find new home decor or explore your own artistic vision during DesignPhiladelphia. The 15th annual festival celebrates design and innovation in Philly as the signature event for Center for Architecture and Design. Explore beautiful spaces in the city like the new Cherry Street Pier and The Rooftop at the Girard. The festival’s events include a new Dine with Design series, events for young artists discovering their own maker’s spirit and the perfect opportunity to find that special piece of furniture or art for your home.
10 days of exhibitions, talks, and exciting events throughout the city starts with their annual stylish bash. Tickets are still available for the Kickoff Party at Cherry Street Pier on Oct. 2. The pier overlooking the Delaware River will transform into a vibrant space as designers, artists and design lovers gather to celebrate in impeccable style. Mingle with other art lovers at this party or check out some other themes to find your niche.
Everything you need to know about the 15th annual DesignPhiladelphia
For the foodies
If you love events that combine food and art, you’re in luck. As the latest addition to the festival’s diverse selection of events, Dine with Design pairs a delicious dinner with an intimate conversation about design at some of the most beautiful restaurants in the city. Each dinner is a ticketed event with a different panel of speakers and special guests to immerse attendees in a discussion about the importance of design in food and hospitality. Venues include Fishtown’s trendy Lebanese restaurant Suraya on Oct. 4 and the stunning BOK rooftop on Oct. 7. The events that are part of Dine with Design aren’t the only food events during the festival. Don’t miss “Local Supply: A CBD Infused Dinner” at vegan restaurant Charlie was a sinner on Oct. 10 and the chance to make your own beautiful plate during multiple workshops at Felt+Fat ceramic studio in Fishtown.
For the kids
The festival is the perfect chance to introduce young artists and designers in your life to new makers and spaces. Don’t miss the chance to create our own pair of artfully mismatched socks with Philadelphia-based company Pals Socks at Cherry Street Pier on Oct. 6. Expand their horizons the Mini Maker Faire to see innovations in tech, design and science at the Pennovation Works on Oct. 6.
For the interior design DIY-ers
If you’re getting ready to decorate your home for Fall or need new furniture to create your perfect cozy nook, get some inspiration or buy from local makers during the festival. First stop: Philadelphia Furniture Show at the 23rd Street Armory Oct. 4-Oct. 6. Gather ideas for your next purchase or talk to artists about creating custom pieces. Check out the ROHE HOME open house on Oct. 12 to shop for vintage lighting, rugs and more from a local interior design studio known for creating stunning spaces. ROHE Creative’s portfolio includes restaurants Bud & Marilyn’s, Harp & Crown and Double Knot.
Visit designphiladelphia.org for a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets.