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November 2nd, 2011
Philadelphia Produces Original Design at the Museum Store

(November 11–December 31, 2011)


Philadelphia, PA (November 2011) —This holiday season, art lovers stumped to find gifts for everyone on their list will find one-stop shopping at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Store with eclectic finds showcased at Philadelphia Produces Original Design (P.POD), a pop-up bazaar created by artist, designer, author/illustrator, and proud Philadelphian Alex Stadler. Inspired by the risd|works store, which exclusively stocks items designed by Rhode Island School of Design alumni, P.POD will only showcase items designed and/or produced in Philadelphia. This community-oriented pop-up store will occupy a 300 square foot footprint within the Museum Store’s central retail space, selling Philadelphian products ranging from $30 to $3,000.

P.POD debuts with an opening party hosted by Stadler and guest designers from 5:00–8:00 pm­­­ on November 11, 2011, when museum guests will have a chance to discover the talent and extraordinary ideas currently being developed in Philadelphia by Philadelphians. Stadler created P.POD as a way to showcase the extraordinary work from groundbreaking designers in his passionately adopted city. Using the motto “freakish, brilliant, or gorgeous,” he has assembled work from emerging and established Philadelphia designers in disciplines ranging from jewelry, fashion, and toys to stationary, furniture, and decorative arts. Industrial Design professor Andrew Dahlgren and a team of his students from University of the Arts will create special display units (pedestals and risers crafted from reclaimed pine and recycled newspapers, pamphlets, and Design Philadelphia catalogs) for the store, which will remain open through December 31.

“The Philadelphia Museum of Art is thrilled to collaborate with the P.POD pop-up, which will beautifully complement the Museum Store’s holiday offerings,” says Stuart Gerstein, Director of Wholesale and Retail Operations. “We are proud to support this initiative in featuring the work of Philadelphia artists and designers.”

Because of the temporary nature of the P.POD pop-up, Stadler is able to feature products in mass-market production alongside limited edition pieces and “insane one-offs,” like the newest motorcycle from Hammerhead Industries on its world premiere. Visitors will experience a wealth of products, including origami-inspired folding lighting by MIO, cold-brewed La Colombe coffee in a beautiful bottle perfect to bring over for brunch, a 7-foot-long crocheted giant squid by Angela Davidson, and sculptural jewelry from C. Pazia Manella, Doug Bucci, and Barrio-Neal.

A section of the store, called P.POD Pantry, will feature delicious and handsomely packaged local brands like Metropolitan Granola, John and Kira's Chocolates, and La Copine limited edition bourbon cider syrup and chocolate pretzel toffee.

“The long-range plan for P.POD is a permanent flagship store that would work in tandem with a web marketplace to support designing Philadelphians and carry their work beyond the city limits,” says Stadler. “I am especially grateful to the support and flexibility of the Museum Store staff in allowing me to debut this project at the Philadelphia Museum of Art over the holiday season.”

Philadelphia native Alex Stadler graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1990 with a BFA in printmaking. He is the author and illustrator of ten books for children and adults, including the popular Beverly Billingly series for Harcourt . He has created textile designs for Donghia, babyGap, Todd Oldham and Comme des Garçons and is the creator/ owner of stadler-Kahn knitwear.  His work is sold in Philadelphia at Addresse, Joan Shepp, Joseph Fox Books, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Store. His one-man show, Alex Stadler/Modus Operandi, opens November 16 at the Drexel University Gallery.

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