DesignPhiladelphia celebrates a Decade of Design with works from 20 inspiring Philadelphia Artists

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DesignPhiladelphia turns 10 this year and that warranted something special.  In celebration of a decade of design, 20 inspiring Philadelphia based artists were asked to redesign a unadorned IKEA mirror in a way that reflects their unique style.

The mirrors are being auctioned off in support of educational programming for the Philadelphia Center for Architecture.  Online bidding (Paddle 8) will close October 7th. If you miss that, your last chance (proxy bidding by phone) to snap up a one-of-a-kind piece will be on October 8th at the PopUp Place Kick Off Benefit hosted by Bluecadet.

Take a glimpse into the thought that went behind each redesign with our slideshow, featuring all 20 mirrors – which one will resonates with you?

Pop Up Party

PopUp Place Kick-Off Party

Bluecadet, 1526 Frankford Avenue

October 8 from 6-8pm & 8-11pm

Tickets can be purchased here


For more information on these artists:

Beth Beverly of Diamond Tooth Taxidermy

Jack Larimore


Kevin O’ Brien of Kevin O’Brien Studio

Brownstein Group

Joshua Otto, AIA of Otto Architects, LLC

David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group

Darin Rowland

Brian Foster + Ernie Sesskin of Groundwork Home

Shelley Spector

Dennis Haugh of Dennis Haugh Studio

Dom Streater

Tyler Hays of BDDW

RJ Thornburg + Warren Muller of bahdeebahdu

Carolyn Keer of Anthropologie

Adam Wallacavage

KeiranTimberlake Architects

John Wind of Maximal Art

Ray King

Isaiah Zagar

*photos courtesy of DesignPhiladelphia

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Philly Artists CORNBREAD & Isaiah Zagar will speak at I AM HERE Artists Talk

Legendary Writer Darryl “Cornbread” McCray and Mosaic Artist Isaiah Zagar are scheduled to speak this Thursday, June 26th,  at a special Artists Talk in association with the I AM HERE exhibition currently up at James Oliver Gallery.

McCray and Zagar are expected to drive a lively discussion with stories on their many years of work and future endeavors.

Other artists in the exhibition are scheduled to join the discussion on the artists’ iconic work – and how their movements had an effect on the new generations contributions to this ever growing movement.


I AM HERE is a group exhibition presenting a phenomenal roster of six Philadelphia artists (Ishknits, Streetsdept, Kid Hazo, Joe Burochow, Cornbread, and Isaiah Zagar) whose individual passions represent a link back to the blossoming graffiti culture – to the burgeoning generational shift that is pushing us to stray away from using generic terms such as “street art” to define the diversity of artistic work.



Thursday, June 26th 7-9pm at James Oliver Gallery
James Oliver Gallery | 723 Chestnut Street | Philadelphia, PA 19106
Refreshments will be served!
View the I AM HERE exhibition pieces at

A Picture Walk Through Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

There’s nothing quite like Isaiah Zagar’s (award-winning mosaic mural artist) mosaic playground… I popped over to the Magic Gardens for Garden Sips – a great night out to support PMA’s annual Street Festival ART/GAGE: Celebrate Philly Creativity.

As the sun started going down, and the Garden lit up, I took the opportunity to take some great shots. Enjoy… And if you’re in Philly, make sure you stop by and experience the Gardens for yourself. Maybe even treat yourself to a Mosaic Mural Workshop with Isaiah himself.

Philadelphia Magic Gardens / 1020 South Street / Philadelphia, PA