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Four Corners Exhibit: Oct. 10-20, 2012 October 8, 2012

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Here is a sneak peek at a table that will be featured in the exhibit Four Corners: Design from Philly Surrounds. This event is part of DesignPhiladelphia, which kicks off on Wednesday October 10th. “Four Corners” is an exhibit held from October 10-20, 2012 at Old City’s Minima Gallery. The second floor space will become a staged lived-in loft apartment with a selection of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania-based design.

Below are images of the table in progress.

Opening Party
Friday October 12, 6-10pm
at Minima, 118 N 3rd Street, 2nd floor

Exhibition on view October 10-20, 11am-6pm

“Four Corners” is curated by Caroline Tiger and Royce Epstein, and sponsored by Amuneal, C.H. Briggs, Emeco, Knoll, and Minima Gallery.

Outdoor Table Top October 3, 2012

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Bench Dog Design created this custom table top using wood salvaged directly from the home. The lovely home, located off the beaten path in Bucks County, is set in the woods next to a picturesque stream.

Using the existing base, Bench Dog Design fabricated a table top from wide plank floorboards. A unique locking system attaches the the top to the frame without any fasteners. The slim profile of the table complements the base. The larger table top fits comfortably with the scale of the patio and furniture.

Mayor Nutter’s New Mobile Lecterns June 18, 2012

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Last fall, we shared our design concepts for Mayor Nutter’s new mobile lecterns.  Bench Dog Design was selected for the project through an invited RFP process last summer.  We’ve been working with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to finalize two different designs, and are excited to announce that the first lectern is currently being fabricated! We expect both to be completed before the end of the month. They will replace the current lectern that the Mayor uses when he gives speeches in the community, attends ribbon-cuttings, or speaks at any official event held somewhere other than City Hall.  Having two options will make it much easier for Mayor Nutter to attend back-to-back functions, without his staff scrambling to make sure that the official lectern is transported in time.  [Ever wonder what the difference is between a lectern and a podium? We did too- check out the answer here.]

Time for a new look?

The first lectern features an elegant, slightly tapered form with exposed steel corners. Three sides will be finished with custom wood panels built from reclaimed oak beams.  The wood for this piece was sourced from a large rowhouse that was being torn down in the Southwest Center City/ Graduate Hospital neighborhood. All finishes will be eco-friendly, non toxic products.

Large Lectern

The second design incorporates an open steel frame with a reclaimed wood ‘skin’ that wraps around the metal structure.  Its airy, lightweight feel creates a casual contrast to the more formal look of the first lectern. Both structures are being hand crafted at our newly relocated woodshop at Viking Mills in Kensington, directly across from the Coral Street Arts House. The steel frames are being fabricated by Paul Lichtenstein of  Twelve26 Studio, located just west of Kensington.

Small Lectern

We are incredibly proud to be working on this project and appreciate the City of Philadelphia’s support of small businesses and local artisans. This project was conceived by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and intended to represent the City’s commitment toward sustainability and the goals set forth in Greensworks Philadephia to become the number one green city in America.

Be sure to ‘like’ Bench Dog Design on Facebook to see a sneak peak of our progress!

Reclaimed Wood For Sale + Open Studio April 26, 2012

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Bench Dog Design is moving from our shop space in South Philadelphia. We’re excited to return to the Fishtown/Kensington area where we originally started!

To prepare for the big move, we’ll be selling some of our overstock inventory of wood. We have lumber of all sizes including floor boards, roof boards, joists and heavy beams. All wood will be sold in its original/current state. (No cutting, trimming, sanding, or removal of nails.) Stop by the shop before the move to view our selection. Purchase by the piece or truckload. Pick up only (no deliveries). Cash or check.

Saturday and Sunday, April 28th & 29th, 2012
1pm to 5pm
1820 Moyamensing Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
(Between Moore and Mifflin)

Can’t make it to the event or need more information? Contact Christopher at cms@benchdogdesign.com.

–Please feel free to spread the word about this event with family & friends–

Coffee/Console Table April 24, 2012

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Bench Dog Design created a custom coffee/console table for a client in Northern Liberties. Above are images of the table in progress. The rustic table was built in modules and set on wheels to allow for easy reconfiguration.  The console functions as a centerpiece while creating additional storage and display space.

Below are images of the final product in the client’s contemporary home.

Shop Local: Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar December 9, 2011

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Shop local and handmade this holiday season! This weekend, you’ll find Bench Dog Design and other local artists and small businesses at Greensgrow’s Holiday Bazaar. This free event will be held from 11am to 4pm this Saturday and Sunday (12/10 & 12/11) as well as the following weekend (12/17 & 12/18) inside Greensgrow’s warm, toasty greenhouse. [Bench Dog Design will be participating on Sunday 12/11 only]. Don’t forget to check out their nursery as well- they’ll be featuring holiday trees, ornaments, wreaths, greenery, winter flowering plants, firewood, & more.

Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar

Sat. & Sun, Dec. 10th & 11 + 17th & 18th

11am to 4pm (rain or shine)

2501 E. Cumberland St.

Philadelphia, PA 19125

Details & directions: http://www.facebook.com/events/291586800852879/

We’re excited to be sharing a table with our talented friends, Be Frank. Make sure to check out their gorgeous holiday cards. We hope to see you there on Sunday!

Announcement: Bench Dog Design + Greenworks Philadelphia September 26, 2011

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Bench Dog Design is pleased to announce that we have been selected to design and fabricate a new podium for Mayor Michael Nutter! Working with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Bench Dog will create two different mobile podiums made of reclaimed wood. The podiums will reflect the goals of Greenworks Philadelphia, the Mayor’s comprehensive plan to make Philadelphia the country’s number one green city. The podiums will be used in events and speaking engagements throughout the city.

Although the design has not been finalized yet, below are a few concept sketches:

Bench Dog Design is excited for this great opportunity. Look for the final designs and progress work in the coming weeks.

Photos: Avant Garage Mid-Construction Tour July 11, 2011

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Below are just a few photos from Postgreen’s Avant Garage Tourstravaganza Event. The mid-construction tour of the new residential homes in Fishtown highlighted the green efforts, products and systems used throughout. Bench Dog is proud to be a project partner. We showcased 2 benches with bent steel legs, a mock-up of floating stair treads, sample flooring and a bathroom vanity.

More photos of the house and tour to come on our Facebook page:

Event: Avant Garage Tourstravaganza June 22, 2011

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Be sure to stop by Postgreen’s Avant Garage Tourstravaganza on Wednesday June 29th. This reception/party/tour will showcase their new residential project, Avant Garage, in Fishtown. The project consist of 4 lots just behind Palmer Park. The tours of the first 2 homes (about half way complete) will focus on their sustainable building features, along with project partners and consultants to give you the low-down on how products work, are made/constructed, and what makes them green.

Bench Dog will be there to celebrate this new project and showcase our reclaimed wood furniture.

For more information, see Postgreen’s blog post on the event.

Hope to see you there!
Visit the event page and RSVP on Facebook.

Avant Garage Tourstravaganza
June 29, 2011, 5:30pm to 10pm
401 Memphis St., Philadelphia, PA 19125

Event Photos: Trenton Ave Arts Fest 2011 May 23, 2011

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Bench Dog Design had an awesome time at Trenton Ave Arts Festival. A giant thank you goes out to all the folks who stopped by our table to chat, check out and purchase our handcrafted reclaimed wood items. We were overwhelmed by all the positive feedback.

Alongside local musicians and locally brewed beer, Bench Dog featured wares made from locally salvaged wood. With a focus on function, our planter boxes and toolbox caddy were a hit. Below are a few photos of our table.

Bench Dog Design specializes in custom work of all scales, for inside and outside. Let us know if you have a project you’d like to discuss, email: info@benchdogdesign.com