Boston Design Week Festival

Boston Design Week Festival

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 11:00am

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Schedule of Events

11:00am - Designing The Ultimate Getaway

Presented by Eleven Interiors and b Architecture Studio

This past year, the term "cabin fever" took on a whole new meaning! The upside of being cooped up? It helped to fast-track plans for creating the perfect escape many of us have put off for years!

Whether it's a seaside cottage, a lake house, a cabin in the woods, a slope-side chalet or 10 steps out your back door, our panel of design experts will share their tips and tricks for designing your ultimate getaway spot.

This lively discussion focuses on location and site planning, zoning, designing a new build or renovating, and creating functional and beautiful interiors. Moderated by Jenna Talbott, Editor-in-Chief of New England Home magazine, panelists include Michael Ferzoco, principal of Eleven Interiors, Chris Brown, principal of b Architecture Studio and Andrea Nilsen Morse, principal of Nilsen Landscape Design, LLC.

Come with questions, and a cocktail, as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a toast to escaping!

RSVP - https://ultimate-getaway.eventbrite.com

12:00pm - Congress for the New Urbanism, New England: Building Equitable and Inclusive Places

Presented by Congress for the New Urbanism, New England

Join us in a virtual Panel Discussion featuring CNU New England's 2020 Urbanist Award Winners: Union Studio, Utile Inc, Goody Clancy, Lifecare Design Inc., and Principle Group. This year's awards were judged on their ability to create places that are inclusive, inviting and equitable for the diverse populations of our region. The discussion moderated by Francis Goyes Flor of MassHousing will focus on the vision, process and creative efforts needed to make these places living and thriving realities.

We represent a community of practice, including all the disciplines that impact the built environment, who believe in good urbanism and that everyone deserves good design.

As a chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, CNU-NE is a nonprofit organization that supports public and private sector leaders, community activists, and multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to reestablishing the relationship between the art of building and the making of community, through citizen-based participatory planning and design.

We strive to reverse the effects of systemic inequalities as enabled by past planning and built environment decisions and frameworks. By identifying and confronting exclusionary policies and practices, empowering those who have been most affected, and fostering more inclusive decision making; we work to design and build economically viable, stable, and environmentally healthy and equitable communities.

Our annual Urbanist Award winners were judged this last year for their ability to create just these kinds of places.

RSVP: https://cnune-equitableplaces.eventbrite.com

1:00pm - Kitchen Design With The Experts

Presented by Scavolini and Modern Luxury Interiors Boston

If 2020 taught us anything, it is that the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in our homes. Whether you are renovating an existing kitchen, building a custom home, or buying a condominium with a finished kitchen, what are the questions you need to ask to avoid the most common problems with kitchen design? How can you help ensure that the investment you are making will add up to the kitchen of your dreams? We will take a look at the do's and don'ts of kitchen design from the perspective of a developer, an interior designer, an architect and a kitchen specialist. Bring your questions for this panel of experts and a lively exchange of key information!

Panelists
Doreve Nicholaeff, Founder, Nicholaeff Architecture
Shari Pellows, Founder and Principal, Shari Pellows Interiors
Alisha Serras, Owner, Scavolini Boston

Moderator: Michael McCarthy, Editor in Chief, Modern Luxury Interiors Boston

RSVP: https://kitchendesignwiththeexperts.splashthat.com/

2:00pm - Medici Revisited: Tuscan Villas and Transplanted Englishmen

Presented by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, NE

Join the New England Chapter of the ICAA in partnership with The Magazine Antiques for this lecture by Cece Haydock, which details the fabulously wealthy Medici bankers towered over Tuscany during the Renaissance. With their riches, the princes built large villas with elaborate gardens just outside Florence. Medici, Castello, and Petraia are a few of the early country estates built in the 15th and 16th centuries. Four hundred years later most villas remained although in need of repair. New money arrived in the Tuscan hills as the expatriate Englishmen busied themselves renewing and creating magnificent gardens such as Gamberaia, La Pietra, I Tatti and Le Balze. Learn the history of Renaissance garden making and how it was interpreted by English gardeners of the early 20th century.

The fabulously wealthy Medici bankers towered over Tuscany during the Renaissance. With their riches, the princes built large villas with elaborate gardens just outside Florence. Medici, Castello, and Petraia are a few of the early country estates built in the 15th and 16th centuries. Four hundred years later most villas remained although in need of repair. New money arrived in the Tuscan hills as the expatriate Englishmen busied themselves renewing and creating magnificent gardens such as Gamberaia, La Pietra, I Tatti and Le Balze. During this talk, we will learn the art of Renaissance garden making and how it was interpreted by English gardeners of the early 20th century.

Villas to be toured include:
-Villa Medici (1451-7 Giovanni di Cosimo de' Medici, Michelozzo di Bartolomeo, 1911, Cecil Pinsent and Geoffrey Scott)
-Villa di Castello (1477, 1537-8, Cosimo I)
-Boboli Gardens (1550 Tribolo, Davide Fortini, then Vasari 1554-1561 and Bartolomeo Ammannati 1560-83)
-Villa della Petraia (1568 Ferdinando de'Medici, 1588 Raffaello di Zonobi di Pagno)
-Villa Guicciardini Corso Salviati (1644, 1907 Giulio Giucciardini Corsi)
-Villa Gamberaia (1610 Zanobi di Andrea Lapi, 1896: Princess Ghyka)
-Villa La Pietra (1904, Harold Acton)
-Villa I Tatti (1911, Cecil Pinsent)
-Le Balze (1914, Cecil Pinsent)

RSVP: https://haydock.eventbrite.com

4:00pm - "Inside & Out" with Christopher Spitzmiller & Clinton Smith

Presented by New England Home

Join noted ceramicist, tastemaker and author Christopher Spitzmiller and New England Home Editor at Large Clinton Smith for a lively chat on the art of living well, both indoors and out!

Christopher's new book, A Year at Clove Brook Farm is both a visual delight, as well as a road map to great gardening, al fresco entertaining, interior and exterior decorating, and more. Join them as they discuss timely (and timeless!) farm-to-table ideas and inspiration—just in time for summer!

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5:00pm - Land/Shape: Design for Outdoor Spaces

Presented by Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers

Outdoor Decor - Classic elements, contemporary sculpture, and antiques can add design, whimsy, and intrigue to outdoor spaces transforming the ordinary into delightful areas that reflect your style. Whether space for al fresco dining, outdoor entertaining, or a unique focal-point, hear from Skinner experts about the type of one-of-a-kind items available at auction to meet every taste and budget.

Dan Ayer, Director of the 20th Century Design Department at Skinner, has expertise in furniture, lighting, and decorative arts spanning the 20th Century.

Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers, located in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, offers its customers worldwide, "anywhere" access to its sales through in-person and online bidding. Skinner auctions reach an international audience and showcase the unique, rare, and beautiful in dozens of categories, including the fine and decorative arts, jewelry, modern design, musical instruments, science and technology, wine, and many others.

RSVP: https://landshape.eventbrite.com

6:30pm - Partnerships and Placemaking in the Time of COVID

Presented by the Esplanade Association

Join us for this virtual panel discussion focused on the goals, partnerships, and design principles behind Hatched: Breaking Through the Silence, a 30-night multisensory illumination experience commissioned by the Esplanade Association to celebrate 20 years of partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

The Esplanade Association has worked in collaboration with DCR since 2001 to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain its natural green space, and build community in the park by providing educational, cultural, and recreational programs for the park's millions of annual visitors.

Amidst the turmoil and darkness of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Esplanade Association aspired to commission a joyful -- and safe – destination art piece in celebration of the 64-acre Esplanade and the public-private partnership that has made it the vibrant urban park it is today. This panel on Partnerships and Placemaking in the Time of COVID explores the foundations of Hatched, the women-led team that created it, the groundbreaking technology behind its mesmerizing animations, and the Esplanade Association's efforts to bring tens of thousands of masked, physically-distant visitors to the DCR Hatch Shell in a year when the iconic Art Deco bandstand had largely fallen silent.

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