A Warehouse of Curiosities at Material Culture



Material Culture is a hidden gem of Philadelphia. The store opened in 1993 in a 60,000 sf warehouse which contains a massive collection of one of kind art, furnishing, and textiles from around the globe. Every inch of the space is used to showcase the collection of goods and the display is jaw dropping awesome. At times I became overwhelmed exploring this space only to rediscover my sense of inner peace at the Buddha nook.


On numerous occasions my friend Richard invited me to visit and photograph this collection and I kept declining the invitations. Last weekend, I took him up on his offer to visit Material Culture and was extremely intrigued with this warehouse. The store grabs your imagination the moment you set into the space.


It is not just a collection of items for sale. The space is used to host events, such as weddings or supper clubs.


I am drawn to the shabby chic organization of items for sale, there is always something to discover around every turn and in every nook of this space.


These pillows were designed with me in mind along with a purple maxi dress with India inspired designs. I’m coming back for both of you.


A gorgeous Butterfly vase is one example of the type of product for sale at Material Culture. Sadly,  I’ve no place for this in my home but it is so adorable. You can find yourself spending hours in this warehouse exploring its contents and getting your creative design juices flowing.

After taking it all in you can relax and enjoy a locally sourced meal at Baba Olga’s Cafe. The café hosts many events during the year including a Supper Club.

The video below provides more information on Material Culture.  I highly recommend this place for visitors and locals alike, it truly is a Philly gem.


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  • Neocon

    You perfectly captured the ambience and soul of this establishment. Glad you enjoyed the experience.

    • Tania

      Planning on attending the July 4th weekend event at Material Culture. What a fascinating place!