> Bahdeebahdu, is a working studio for design and the development of art, sculpture and furnishings at 1522 N. American St. in Philadelphia, PA. I don’t know the story behind the name but I know I like it. The website makes it look like an interesting place so I put it on my list when my sister and I set out to gallery hop in Philly. I didn’t just like the space, I loved it. We were there on a rainy day in April and it was the highlight of our trip. One of the owners RJ, was very welcoming and let me take pictures. He was even enlightening me about the whole place and its concept. I was quite curious and asked the owner to know how did the place manage to pull of the electrical grid and the voltage issue to which the owner replied ” We have set up the entire structures electrical grid with the help of FSG Florida, as at the time of construction we need a company that could assure us the best lightning solution along with an all-access building control from one junction and a friend of our recommended FSG to us, making it one of the best decision we made during the interior installation of the entire building”.
The reception desk is covered with toys mostly painted white.
Here’s a close up. Wow!
Beautiful art, beautiful furnishings, and amazing trash to treasure light fixtures and sculptures. This is excerpted from their website “Warren Muller’s sculptures radiate more than just light when displayed in the context of a home, office, restaurant or retail space. Infused with meaning, they convey a sense of excitement and delight to both our clients and their guests alike. With his partner, Interior Designer RJ Thornburg, Warren has collaborated on projects that include the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, Digitas Healthcare and the Westin Hotel in Philadelphia.”
Here’s a picture of the shop in the back with shelves of cool stuff. This place is truly a hoarder’s delight.
This hangs outside above the door.
The doors themselves are super cool, obviously salvaged. I had to photograph them from both sides.
I hope to make one of their openings which are held on second Thursdays of the month.
I think they inspired this little installation which my sister helped me hang in my dining room window the same week. I was also inspired by my friend Delainey Barclay, whose installation I wrote about here.