DesignPhiladelphia Special VIP Offer!

design-philadelphia-logoThat’s right — if you register today for Property’s event at DesignPhiladelphia, you can get a front-row seat for FREE. Let me explain.

For the event, I decided to bring together a bunch of really funny, creative folks in and around the design world — people who develop properties, or write fiction about architects, or design urban farms, or photograph designs in progress, or do interior design on the Main Line for clients who think they’re too young and naive. Many people who have stories. Participants include Nathaniel Popkin, Khara Cartagena, Bradley Maule, Gretchen Kubiak, Nic Esposito, GroJLart, and more!

These people will be sharing their experiences during a storytelling hootenanny with an audience — that’s YOU! — at the AIA Bookstore and Design Center at 12th and Arch on October 9th. All the event info is below, and if you register now, or tomorrow, or, like, anytime before the event, YOU WILL GET IN FOR FREE.

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Morning Headlines: St. Laurentius Decree Takes Effect Today

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Photo of St. Laurentius at Memphis and Berks in Fishtown: Google Street View.

For Philadelphia’s Roman Catholics, Sunday’s generally a day of prayer, but this week it was anything but for one Fishtown church, St. Laurentius, which Archbishop Chaput “decertified,” meaning it’s no longer a Roman Catholic church.

However, the decertification says the building can be used in the future for “profane but not sordid use,” according to the Inquirer — and that’ll be true even if it’s demolished and condos are put in its place.

Ken Gavin, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said the decree means that if the church is demolished or put to another use, the property could not be used for any purpose contrary to Catholic teachings. The order takes effect Wednesday…

John Wisniewski, a longtime member of St. Laurentius, said that a group of parishioners has hired a canon lawyer and that an appeal of the relegation was being sent to the Vatican.

While an appeal is in process, the church cannot be torn down, Gavin said.

Archbishop decertifies Fishtown church [Inquirer]

More headlines, this way…

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Property’s Weekend Agenda: Mid-Century Modern Sale

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I feel for Joe Ujj, the person who’s having a mid-century modern furniture/art/lighting/accessories sale this weekend in New Hope. I don’t know him, but he posted the info online, and wrote, along with his description of the items, “Not everything is pictured yet, this got kind of overwhelming.” Oh, man.

Well, we’re about to make it more so by suggesting readers go. Here’s what’s up. It’s a two-day sale with, Ujj writes, “mostly 60′s, 70′s and 80′s modernist pieces. Some real designer stuff, some ‘style of’ and some just fun decorative pieces. I love to buy stuff, but I have to sell stuff so I can buy more stuff.”

He notes that “artisan Yvette Prazsak from Princeton, NJ will also be selling her incredible, handmade jewelry, glass pieces, artwork, etc.”

WHAT: Vintage MCM sale
WHEN: Saturday Sep 27, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday Sep 28, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
WHERE: 6220 Lower York Rd., New Hope, PA 18938
WHY: Look at these photos

Property’s Weekend Agenda: 3 Saturday Picks

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Some of what’s been offered at past Phila Flea Markets sales. Photo via philafleamarkets.org.

1. Phila Flea Market. The latest installment of those amazing Center City vintage markets that go on for blocks and make disinterested pedestrians want to murder you. For Property readers, items of interest might include home accents (pottery, signs, vintage tins and other mantel-lining tchotchkes); furniture; and outdoor home and garden tools. Saturday, 8am-5pm.

2. Ardmore Open House. Put aside any preconceived notions about “the Main Line” and check Ardmore out if you don’t know it already. It’s actually really unpretentious, and this neighborhood fest should be a solid opportunity to get a feel for things. There’ll also be a historic tour of downtown. Easy to get there by train, but there’s free parking too. Saturday11am-4pm.

3. Yardley antiques sale. This listing actually says “garage” sale, but when I think garage sale, I think of a lesser beast than this offering of antiques and collectibles. Included? Working antique mantelpiece clocks, vintage toys and signs, glassware (including Anchor Hocking, for those who like that), and other goodies. Saturday, starts 9am.

Back to School: Gorgeous Penn Alexander-Area Victorian

4623 Cedar Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19143

4623 Cedar Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19143

Pocket doors with leaded glass, decorative fireplaces, hardwood floors with inlay… With three stories and a partially finished attic, this Victorian property has beautiful historic details in abundance.

Features of note: turned staircase, curved plasterwork, leaded bay windows (comes with benched seating) in the living room, den with back staircase, and a second-floor bedroom with original armoire. The bedrooms total to six and the third floor hosts the in-law suite.

For parents, the location will be a draw, as the home is in the Penn Alexander catchment.

Gallery below.

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Splendiferous Interiors: Kitten Edition

Anyone who’s been to the Rocket Cat Cafe on Frankford Avenue may be familiar with the eye-catching kitty that stands guard over the Fishtown coffee shop. But has anyone ever wondered if the cafe would (or could, because you know, health requirements and all) ever actually live up to half of its name?

As in, there’d be cats walking around?

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DesignPhiladelphia’s Kickoff Party Is Coming Up!

design-philadelphia-logoDesignPhiladelphia, whose 2014 schedule is out now, launches its festival with PopUp Place, an experiential benefit and cocktail party on October 8th. The event will include live bidding for the Reflecting Design Silent Auction, which features 20 works by Philly designers asked to transform an IKEA mirror into “something daring and remarkable.”

PopUp Place, which has a tradition of shining the spotlight on undiscovered but promising “design destinations,” will highlight Fishtown this year, and digital design agency Bluecadet (who is hosting the opening party) will allow guests to explore their 8,400-square-foot headquarters. Tickets to PopUp Place 2014 can be purchased here.

Also, don’t forget Property will have an event at DesignPhilly as well! Property Presents: Tales from the Design World will feature a variety of five-minute stories by the city’s designers, writers, architects, urban planners and photographers. Our own Liz Spikol will host the event and tickets are free. So go, go, go! We’ll see you there!

Design Out Loud Happens Wednesday

Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo

Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo

What can you do with a piece of Caesarstone? You can certainly made kitchen countertops with it, or bathroom vanities, or floors or walls or paneling. But what can you do that’s unexpected? That’s…art? This was the question asked of 13 design teams tasked with creating functional floor pieces and wall art, all of it made from Caesarstone quartz. The teams included the following heavy-hitter participants:

Renewal
HDR
Ewing Cole
Meyer Design
Kling Stubbins
R Squared Design
Stimmel Consulting
Petersen Kitchen and Design
Cranbury Design Center
Kitchen Technology
Holods Kitchen and Bath
LPST Interior Design
Sycamore Kitchens
Devon Tile
Abruzzi
TilMar Desgins
BFC
Bristol Millwork

The results — which include a dress fashioned with pieces of Caesarstone — will be on display on Wednesday, Sept. 17th at a private evening event. Property readers can attend by sending an RSVP to shh@caesarstoneus.com and mentioning this post.

Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful Renderings

A detail of one of OLIN's renderings for the New Presidio Parklands Project.

A detail from a screenshot of one of OLIN’s renderings for the New Presidio Parklands Project.

Philadelphia/L.A.-based landscape design firm OLIN not only opened Dilworth Park last week but also unveiled its proposed plans for San Francisco’s New Presidio Parklands project. OLIN is on the shortlist for that project, but here’s hoping these renderings — featured in an A/N blog pictorial — seal the deal.

They’re luminous and beautiful and, well, we simply want to live inside of them. And look at the maps — don’t they have a native Pacific design echo? Brilliant. We had to grab a few screen shots to show you (gallery below), but to see all the renderings for the project, from OLIN as well as the other shortlisted firms, go to the A/N blog for the full pictorial.

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Road Trip: Cat-Oriented Estate Sale in Northern NJ

The man himself, in a painting by Roy Anderson. Also for sale.

The man himself, in a painting by Roy Anderson. Also for sale.

The internationally know former president of the Cat Fanciers Association Richard Gebhardt has, according to the listing on EstateSales.net, “decided to part with many of his lifelong treasures.” Seems a shame, but I suppose there comes a time in every life, feline-focused or no, when our possessions get the better of us. In Gebhardt’s case, given that he’s spent much of his years devoted to breeding, judging and advocating on behalf of cats and dogs (he is also a fan of the Japanese Chin, seems like), many of those treasures are animal themed: For instance:

- Hand-painted screen presented by the Japanese Cat Society
- Original photographs by world-renowned animal photographer Creszentia Allen
- Pair of Kutani Siamese cats
- Contents of Richard’s pet grooming parlor
- Chick Bragg “Cat Family” lithograph
- A CAT CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT GIVEN TO RICHARD BY BETTY WHITE

Gebhardt also has celebrity autographs from Paul Lynde and Muhammed Ali, a bronze medallion/medal/currency proof set made for Benito Mussolini, and perhaps the oldest working juicer I’ve ever seen. And that’s just for starters. I mean, do you not want to drive to Denville, NJ tomorrow to check this out? I know I do. Gallery below, and 135 more photos at the sale’s website.

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