Call for Submissions to Furniture Design Competition

The Center for Architecture and Design (“Center”) today announced a call for submissions for a furniture design competition in partnership with Philadelphia Parks &  Recreation (PPR) and Mayor Kenney’s Rebuild initiative to bring this opportunity to local designers and fabricators. The competition challenges designers to design and/or fabricate pool furnishings using urban wood from PPR’s Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center.  The goal of this Competition is to use local materials and talent to create innovative, affordable, durable furniture for use by Philadelphia residents who visit public pools. The competition will utilize the Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr. Recreation Center pool, located at 2101-35 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121 as the prototype site. “We are excited to be part of this innovative partnership with the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the City’s Rebuild program. The Fairmount Park urban forestry program produces local wood that is currently an untapped resource. To demonstrate the diversity of species and quality of wood that is available for use in our own backyard, we are tapping into the creativity and talent of our local design community to come up with solutions for Philadelphia’s public pools,” says Executive Director, Rebecca Johnson. “It’s also great to partner with the Rebuild program, to... Read more »

Best in Emerging Design Competition Finalists Set.

Each year DesignPhiladelphia hosts a Best in Emerging Design competition. We invite regional designers and design companies to submit innovative, high-quality design solutions that positively impact daily life. The competition shines a spotlight on Philadelphia’s design excellence and provides a platform for designers and companies whose solutions are ready to scale. The annual competition is free to apply and open to locals in the Greater Philadelphia region (Philadelphia +5 surrounding counties). This year’s competition is focused on product design. Finalists will showcase their products at Cherry Street Pier throughout the 2021 DesignPhiladelphia Festival. A jury of experts will review the installations and select the winning design solution to be awarded the $5,000 prize. The 2021 jury of experts includes Clay Burns of The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania, Karin Copeland of CreateXchange, Nicole Carville of Haworth, Camille Avent of Jefferson, and Lisa Roberts, longstanding board member of Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Modern and Contemporary Design group Collab. We are excited to introduce you to this year’s finalists. InKegnitoDiscreet Drafts and Covert Crafts The sleek and stylish draft system is designed to integrate into your home or office seamlessly. The tap towers can be rotated to disguise the faucet, easily changed... Read more »

Want to work with us?

DesignPhiladelphia, a signature event of the Center for Architecture and Design, is currently seeking a program assistant for the 2021 Festival. This is a perfect position for someone who is very detail-oriented and wants to meet lots of people in the Philadelphia design community. The ideal candidate will be able to efficiently organize multiple pieces of information and provide customer service to our 100+ festival event partners.    Tasks and responsibilities include:  Maintaining up-to-date database of all event partner event listing details. Reach out to and support event partners about their event listing details. Support event partners with website troubleshooting. Work with Development Director to organize information for all sponsors (signed contract, logo, ads, blog articles etc.) in appropriate folders.Work with communications and graphics team to schedule social media and organize content in appropriate folders. Coordination of volunteers; this includes: managing volunteer sign-up form submissions; scheduling and connecting volunteers; organizing volunteer breakfast; and providing all evaluation tools and training to volunteers. Implement post-festival survey for attendees and event partners. Work with communications and graphics team to collect and organize information for festival wrap report.Download and organize festival photographs. Work with Cherry Street Pier event and exhibition logistics team on festival load-in/load-out and throughout Festival at Cherry Street Pier. ... Read more »

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