Movers and Shapers

This year, hundreds of local designers will host symposia, open studios, installations, parties and exhibits in 90 events from October 16th to 22nd

Eugenie Perret, Minima
118 North 3rd Street, 215-922-2002,

Perret was among the earliest participants in DesignPhiladelphia, for obvious reasons: She’s the city’s preeminent modern furniture doyenne, both as an interior designer and as a retailer of sleek, contemporary furnishings. She’s also a regular curator of exactly the type of high-minded art/design installations that DesignPhiladelphia is all about. At last year’s festival, she festooned her stark showroom in Turkish flair for an installation about the Ottoman Empire and modernism; the year before, she explored color and form. “There are some good things and some bad things in the city, design-wise,” says Perret. “DesignPhiladelphia gives us a chance to talk about that, and really bring the vitality of the city to life.”

Best known for: Bringing iconic modern design to Old City just in time for First Friday’s explosion.

What she’s doing this year: Curating the largest exhibit of the festival, a pop-up neighborhood of prefabricated green houses on an empty lot on Broad Street near Spruce. In addition to three full-size homes designed by different prefab architects — including one customized for Habitat for Humanity — the installation will include a farming wall to showcase urban farming, solar energy, and environmentally friendly furnishings, lighting, transportation and public art. “A Clean Break: Pop-Up Neighborhood,” October 17th, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 313 South Broad Street,