Four Corners: Design from Philly Surrounds
A Highlight from Design Philadelphia
Four Corners: Design from Philly Surrounds, an exhibit by Caroline Tiger and Royce Epstein for Design Philadelphia, is all that the title encompasses. Tiger and Epstein focused intently on works from and around the Philadelphia area to create Four Corners, a purposefully designed lived in loft space with furniture, toys, art, and electronics all made locally. The objects range from a table by renown craftsman George Nakashima, who once lived and worked in New Hope, PA, to re-purposed items, such as a chair made of used skateboards by Philadelphia artist Toby McQueston.
Other re-purposed objects in the show include Farmhaus’ Ben McBrien’s work, who considers his own style a study of ‘castoffs and rejects’, worthless console. Some of the objects are appearing in Philadelphia for the first time in over half a century. Anne Tyng, a Philadelphia architect, designed the Tyng Toy, a group of modular building sets, in 1947. Some one familiar to Philadelphia craft and design heritage is Amuneal’s second-generation owner Adam Kamens. Originally, a manufacturer of military equipment Kamens has turned transformed the business into customized commercial and residential work as well as furniture manufacturing. The vitrine from Amuneal in the loft recreation that is Four Corners, while made recently, recalls late 1800’s Philadelphia museum culture.
Much like contemporary Philadelphia itself, the loft consists of the new and the old, but all particular to the design inspirations of the geographical area. “What is the design at this time in Philadelphia?” Tiger uses this question as a reference point for the show, and she is hoping people will look at the loft and think that same question themselves. She and Epstein see the loft space as telling a story that encompasses Philadelphia Design, the craft, the heritage, the combination of the contemporary with the classic. The women found this all over Philadelphia as they planned the show, meeting at a different area coffee shop every few weeks and delving into the design specific to those shops. Philadelphia design, they found, truly surrounded them.
Above Minima Gallery
118 N 3rd Street, Philadelphia
Friday October 12, 2012 6-9 PM
October 10-20 2012, open daily 11 AM– 6 PM
Panel Discussion Saturday October 13th, 2-3 PM
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
116 N 3rd Street, Philadelphia