Hell yea it’s the weekend!  This week has been busy and rough  (third computer crash ugh!) and I’m ready to relax.  I’m also ready for the kick-off of Design Philadelphia, a citywide festival celebrating all-things design.
Last night we attended some of the opening events, including a stroll around the Liao Collection.  We missed meeting Mayor Nutter, because I didn’t want to pay $50 for dinner, but I still got to enjoy the gorgeous showroom.  If you like Asian antiques, you absolutely must stop by.

There are quite a few fun events going on this weekend.  These are the ones that pique my interest.  Check out DesignPhiladelphia’s website for a full list of events.
Keith Johnson: Design Around the World
October 14, 6:30pm-7:30pm
1801 Walnut Street view map
Join Anthropologie art and antiques buyer and “Man Shops Globe” host, Keith Johnson, for a home design discussion and walk-through of found objects around the world.
Free and open to the public.
RSVP [email protected]
Naomi’s note:  I imagine this will be very cool and I would like to stuff myself into his suitcase so that I could come along on his shopping trips.

Dwell Studio Furniture Gallery Opening
October 14, 6pm-9pm
Dane Decor
315 Arch Street view map
Launch party for the new DwellStudio Furniture Collection. Dwell Studio enters the furniture world for the first time with its mid-century modern collection that “amps up the luxe and glamour factor.” Christiane Lemeiux, Founder and Creative Director of DwellStudio, will be signing her new book Undecorate: The No-rules Approach to Interior Design.
Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.
Naomi’s note:  Definitely going to this one!

Soaring and Submersive P2: A Walking Tour of the un-Viaduct
October 15, 1pm-3:30pm
NE corner of 22nd and Pennsylvania Avenue, behind the Rodin Museum view map
What if you could walk or bike through a park from 7th and Fairmount to the Schuylkill without crossing a street, traversing the diversity of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods? Wear good walking shoes and join us for a tour of what will become the “submersive” side of the Viaduct park project. See the magic gardens that thrive beneath our feet and the remnants of Philadelphia’s industrial past that will serve our future.
Free and open to the public.
Naomi’s note:  SO Cool!  Really do hope to make it. 

Cocktails @ 6
October 15, 2pm-8pm
More Than Old
144-146 N. 3rd Street view map
A celebration of vintage barware – cocktail shakers, decanters, and accessories including glassware. Opening 2pm-8pm. Tasting beginning at 4pm.
Free and open to the public.
Naomi’s note:  Booze?  Free Booze?  Yes please.

MAAS Furniture
October 15, 6pm-9pm
MAAS Building
1325 Randolph Street view map
MAAS furniture is an exhibition of contemporary furnishings designed and fabricated by local craftsmen. The recently renovated MAAS building will showcase work by John Greiner, Matt Dimon, Anthony Angelicola and Square Foot Concepts, the husband and wife team of Lou and Jess Montoya. The exhibition runs October 7-16, 2011.
Free and open to the public.
Naomi’s note:  Hurrah for local artisans.

Live Glassblowing and Artisanal Spirits Tasting
October 15, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Hudson Beach Glass
26 S. Strawberry Street view map
Please join us at our glassblowing studio for a unique event where we will be using glasses made in our studio to taste artisanal spirits. While you enjoy cocktails in the gallery, Sean Gilvey, and his assistant, will be demonstrating how they make the glasses.
Wheelchair accessible.
Admission: $45 for event and a glass to take home.
Naomi’s note:  More booze and glass blowing.  Why not?

Exhibition: Photographs + Photobooks
October 16, 12pm-4pm
Freeman’s Auctioneers & Appraisers
Freeman’s 1st Floor Gallery, 1808 Chestnut Street view map
From Mapplethorpe and Callahan to Eisenstaedt and Stieglitz, come see the exhibition of over 200 photographs and photobooks from the 19th century to the present. Precedes the auction taking place on October 21. Additional viewing: October 17-20, 2011 10am-4:30pm.
Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.
Naomi’s note:  I’m inclined to enjoy photographs more than some of the abstract “art” out there…

Sugared Walls
October 16, 6pm-8pm
The CandyCoated Center
118 N. 3rd Street, 4th Floor view map
Introducing a newly launched screen printed wallpaper collection, Sugar Walls, and a suite of fabric yardage designs. The CandyCoated Center is pleased to stage a fabulous “stilled-life vignette” or “nature morte” of fashion models adorned and arranged in gorgeous piles and stapled directly to freshly papered walls of this unique gem of a studio space.
Free and open to the public.
Space is limited.
Naomi’s note:  No idea what that description means, but I like candy and I like wallpaper!
Philadelphia residents- come out and git yourself some culture!  As for the rest of y’all, have a great weekend.
  1. That sounds like a good time all around! Hopefully your computer will start behaving itself and let you get in some good down time, girl! Have a great weekend!

  2. Mr. Man was beyond ready to get home so, alas, he wouldn’t hang around town. Sad to be missing it all. Hope to hear details!

  3. Obvs I’d go to the vintage cocktail party! Ha ha. But the Dwell and Anthropologie events would be really interesting! All of it sounds inspirational – just to be around creatives, discussing creativity, I miss it!

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