The Four Corners exhibition took place during DesignPhiladelphia 2012, from October 10th to 20th, on the second floor of the Minima Gallery in Philadelphia’s Old City. This website is a virtual version of that exhibition.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is well-known for its collection of period rooms that show how people lived and the design they surrounded themselves with in places like 18th-century France and the Netherlands in the early 17th century. Those rooms have many stories to tell about different eras, people, and places.
'Four Corners: Design from Philly Surrounds' was a contemporary period
room — a lived-in loft that contained furniture, lighting, and objects conceived,
designed, fabricated, and/or produced by designers and companies based in
Philadelphia proper and its immediate surrounds. It's a room that might exist in
the urban home of a 21st century Philadelphian who is very into local design.
The “surrounds” in the title represent the region immediately surrounding Philly, but we also mean for it to be read as a verb. Design from Philly surrounds us and surrounds you — no matter where you are sitting — even more than you think it does.
The objects in the exhibit act out a visual dialogue between Philadelphia design giants such as Florence Knoll, Anne Tyng, and George Nakashima, and new and emerging talents, including Jaime Salm of MIO Culture, Jesse Gerard of Carrot Grant, and Jeanine Hays of AphroChic. The loft tableau contained around 50 objects — furniture, lighting, textiles, wallpaper, toys, tabletop, electronics, and art — by 50 designers and artists. The objects’ stories are ones of heritage, craft, manufacturing, and innovation. The exhibit was a way into Philadelphia’s design identity and we think it provided a spectrum of answers to the question: What is Philadelphia design today?
During DesignPhiladelphia 2012 the curators moderated a panel discussion that examined the question, “What is Philadelphia Design?”
Eugenie Perret, AKiS Design and Minima Gallery
Eileen Tognini, Independent Curator
Jason Lempieri, Catalyst at ReThinkTANK Design
Jaime Salm, Creative Director of MIO Culture
The DesignPhiladelphia Festival, presented in partnership with The University of the Arts, places a spotlight on Philadelphia’s rich design history and creative industries at work. The citywide festival features five days of nonstop programming that champions design and showcases the work of more than 400 designers and creative thinkers in more than 120 public events. In 2012, the 8th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival ran from October 10-14. www.designphiladelphia.org
Minima Gallery has been the Philadelphia region’s source for iconic modern design since it opened in 1999. The contemporary furniture showroom, run by Eugenie Perret and Michael Schmick, is a mainstay of DesignPhiladelphia and of Old City, one of three design districts highlighted during DesignPhiladelphia 2012.