Last night, DesignPhiladelphia officially launched its eighth year with a cocktail party and outdoor bash befitting of the festival’s overall mission to create and inspire.
Walking into the massive Provenance Architecturals warehouse in NoLibs, there were so many antique do-dads and salvaged building materials for guests to marvel at that you could have easily mistaken it for a museum. This is in addition to the array of one-of-a-kind art instillations, all apart of the festival’s ongoing sustainable design exhibition /adaptations/.
Although there were too many cool pieces to mention, I’d have to say that my favorite was The Fluid Ribbon Chair. It promised to be the most comfortable chair you’ve ever sat in and boy did it live up to that promise. Seriously, I must own one. I was also pretty fascinated with the “pallet lounge” designed by Eric Michael Fulks of Bonzai Homes, the seats of which were cushioned with actual shreds of rubber car tires.
In between inspecting the featured curiosities, guests stuffed their faces with grub from 12th Street Catering and Pitruco Pizza truck. Personally, I was a little underwhelmed with the food selection. Fortunately, Little Baby’s brought some of their unbelievably awesome frozen treats which, despite the increasingly frigid temperatures, most couldn’t help but indulge in. (They have ice cream sandwiches now!)
As for the entertainment portion of the evening, the highlight was certainly Arcadia Boutique’s SoReFa (Socially Responsible Fashion) Showcase featuring several of their favorite local green designers including, D’AGOSTINO Fashion Textile Design, Duke & Winston and CherylAna Organic Atelier. If I had to choose the most memorable designer, that would have to be Bela Shehu of NINObrand, whose unique coats/cloaks/capes find a seemingly impossible balance between classic and futuristic. The worst look of the night: the hideous hunter-esque camo get-up by Radlands Clothing.
Anywho, here are some shots from the party…