One Thing Exhibition | DesignPhiladelphia

One Thing Open Call

One Thing

An annual exhibition offering all designers the opportunity to redesign and reimagine everyday objects.

Our inaugural “one thing” is the ice cream scoop. Originally called the “Ice Cream Mold and Disher”, the ice cream scoop was invented by Alfred L. Cralle at the end of the 19th century when Cralle noticed servers having trouble with the ice cream sticking to serving spoons at a hotel and drug store where he worked as a porter. With creative rethinking, participating designers will transform this seemingly mundane tool into an object of contemplation. Housed in the Center for Architecture and Design at 1218 Arch Street, One Thing will highlight designers working across and in-between design disciplines, revealing how one object can prompt extremely diverse results.


This call to exhibit is open to everyone, including students and working designers (no age limitation).


Participants must complete an online submission form by August 30 at 11:59PM EST. All One Thing questions may be emailed to:
All participants are encouraged to creatively fabricate their “one thing”, considering materials and methods representative of your concept.

For the purposes of One Thing, exhibited scoops are not required to be food safe.


You will be asked to submit:

  • Name
  • Design discipline
  • Brief personal bio (no more than 100 words)
  • Concept description (no more than 250 words)
  • Up to 4 images of your ice cream scoop design (2MB).

Your “one thing” must fit within 9” x 4” x 4”.


July 15: Open Call Announcement
August 30: Submission Deadline @ 11:59pm EST
September 15: Participants will be confirmed and notified
September 30: Drop off scoops at the Center for Architecture and Design
October 2 - October 13: DesignPhiladelphia Festival and One Thing Exhibition at the Center for Architecture and Design
October 16: Pick up scoops at the Center for Architecture and Design

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