David Quadrini's recent collaboration with Bench Dog Design is featured in Minima Gallery's Four Corners Exhibition.  This table, fabricated with reclaimed wood from a demolished South Philadelphia Row House, was a prominent piece in the exhibition titled  'Four Corners: Design from Philly Surrounds.'  The curated show created 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 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 David Quadrini.  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?


(Not) Just a Fence...

Client: NKCDC

Through our planning work on East Girard Avenue with NKCDC, a number of vacant properties were identified as opportunities for investment and activation.  This site will be the first to receive upgrades that are intended to bring life and activity to what is currently an under-used stretch on the Avenue.  This 'interactive' fence will seek to maximize activities at the sidewalk, serving as a piece of sidewalk infrastructure.  Depending on the day or time, it will work as a bench, a countertop, a display case, a transaction counter, a lounge, and a sunshade. We fabricated this piece of street art which was installed in 2013.

The project, which is funded by a grant from PNC Bank and LISC Philadelphia and builds on a national trend called "tactical urbanism," characterized by community-focused, short-term, small-scale interventions with realistic goals. 

Mobius Table

Designed by David Quadrini with Bench Dog Design.

Coffee Table

Designed by David Quadrini with Bench Dog Design.

Barn Door

Designed by David Quadrini with Bench Dog Design.

Dining Table

Designed by David Quadrini with Bench Dog Design.

Featured in Dwell Magazine, April 2011.


Fishtown Residence

Client: Private Homeowner

An entrance in any home needs to welcome all.  Often in an urban setting, every inch of space is valuable and nothing can be wasted.  As a result, an entry vestibule can't always function as simply that.

Taking inspiration from exposed wood lath, the existing wall is clad in reclaimed wood boards.  The gaps allow for antique knobs to be inserted as coat hooks, so that even when there are no coats on the wall, the knobs are still a unique decorative element.  The knobs are easily removable so that the wall has a limitless possible of combinations for you to hang your coats.

Lastly, in this homage to a deconstructed environment, nothing else would do but a simple exposed light bulb.

© 2013