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DesignPhiladelphia Events- 10/9 & 10/11 October 6, 2009

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Join us for two exciting events this weekend…

  • Philly Works: Opening Reception-Friday, October 9, 6-11pm

  • Bench Dog Design: Open Workshop Tour- Sunday, October 11, 12-4pm


Philly Works: Opening Reception

Friday, October 9, 6pm-11pm

(Exhibit runs from Wed. 10/7 to Sun. 10/11)

University of Pennsylvania, School of Design

34th and Walnut Streets, Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery

Bench Dog Design will be displaying our work as part of this exhibition!

Philadelphia was known as “Workshop of the World” from around 1880 to 1920. At that time it was hard to find products for the everyday not being produced in the city and region. Just a century later it is far harder to find locally produced products. Philly Works is an installation of functional objects of all scales, quantities, and production techniques that are made in the Philadelphia region.

Philly Works is a survey of design, manufacturing, and craft exhibited through a showcase of prototypes, limited editions, and mass-produced goods. Along with the objects, Philly Works will include documentation of the production spaces and the people who make the objects on display. The show will include a “corner store” where some of the many items can be purchased. This opening will be the launch date for the corresponding database and website that will be updated year round. Philly Works will illustrate the many ranges of production still alive today in hopes of inspiring new work, new connections, and to bring light to what is happening in the city.

Philly Works is presented by Made in Philly.


Bench Dog Design: Open Workshop Tour

Sunday, October 11, 12-4pm, 2212 Sepviva Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19125

In conjunction with Design Philadelphia, we’re opening our workshop for tours! Located in the heart of Fishtown, our unique woodworking studio is housed within the Liberty Cycle Garage. We are literally surrounded by vintage Triumphs, Nortons, and other classic motorcycles. The large warehouse space is also the home of a painting studio, an antique fishing reel repair shop, a custom metalworker, and an indoor skateboard ramp. We will soon be joined by a screen printer and- no joke- a tattoo parlor. This ecclectic collective is true Philly at its best, and provides a unique opportunity for creative collaboration and expression.

More About Us: Bench Dog Design is a collaboration of architects and designers who share a passion for the craft of woodworking, the importance of sustainable practices, and a love for the city we reside in. Our studio was established by four friends (a couple of couples, to be exact). What started as a habit of collecting discarded pieces of wood in passing, soon became a business.

From design to fabrication, Bench Dog provides carefully crafted furniture, built-ins and other wood pieces. In addition to using reclaimed wood, Bench Dog is committed to using eco-friendly products and supporting the local economy and small businesses. Whether it’s using a local photographer or printing on 100% recycled paper, Bench Dog promotes conscientious practices.

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