Boston Design Week Festival

Boston Design Week Festival

Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 10:00am


Schedule of Events

10:00am - Boston Home's Summer Issue Launch

Presented by Boston Home Magazine

Ready for summer? Join Boston Home editor Andrea Timpano for a behind-the-scenes look at the magazine's annual Summer Escapes issue, featuring inspirational vacation homes, covetable outdoor spaces, and luxury pool design. You'll hear from industry experts, enjoy a virtual tour of a featured home, catch up on the latest design trends, and more.


11:00am - Merida Workshop Virtual Tour

Presented by Merida

Join Merida's Joni Mullen, Business Development Manager for New England, for a behind-the-scenes look at how a Merida rug is made. From our workshop in Fall River, Massachusetts you'll see Merida craftsmen at work, demonstrating artisanal handwork on heritage looms that have been reengineered for new weaving techniques. Our in-house design team will showcase our newest yarns, blends and colors. You'll also get a sneak preview of our spring collection, Portfolio 2021.

For 40 years, Merida has been reimagining textile design and manufacturing in Fall River, Massachusetts, the birthplace of American textiles. Each rug is woven to order and inspired by the beauty of natural yarns, the soulfulness of craftsmanship, and the uplifting spirit of design.

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12:00pm : Merida Workshop Virtual Tour

Play + Health in Design: Lucid Thinking to Facilitate Wellbeing

Presented by Boston Architectural College

J. Davis Harte, PhD, Director of the Design for Human Health MDS program at The Boston Architectural College will lead a playful lecture that will describe current understanding of play to facilitate optimal health and wellbeing and design's part in this. BAC student work will tip off ideas about play-deficit, and better display successes and opportunities for deliberate and thoughtful design inspirations.

J Davis Harte, PhD, has three decades of curiosity around design and health. Her BS in Education and Child in Society grounds her wellness design work, which focuses on children's places, trauma-informed design spaces and childbirth design. She padded her curiosity with an MS in Design and a PhD in Health | Design. She remains a playful beginner.

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1:00pm - Design's Role in the Heathy Homes Movement

Presented by The Sherwin Williams Company

This course will focus on paint technologies you can specify to help improve the quality of your client's home with respect to indoor air quality, odors, mold and mildew and disease-causing bacteria on painted surfaces. You will learn how to find paints and coatings that are 3rd party-certified so that you can recommend a product with confidence. Finally, you will learn strategies for incorporating natural elements with biophilic design theory.

Samantha Noonan and Tiara Castro are Designer Account Executives for Sherwin-Williams Boston District. Samantha has been a part of the Sherwin Williams team since the beginning of 2018 and has held the positions of Management Trainee and Assistant Manager. Tiara has been a part of the team since 2014 and has held various positions such as Sales Associate, Intern, Assistant Manager, and Manager. In their current role, Samantha and Tiara offer specification support, color tool expertise, and on-going product education to residential designers and architects throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Sherwin-Williams has been a long-time supporter of Design Organizations, having employees who are both industry partners and professional members.


2:00pm - Everything Old is New Again

Presented by S+H Construction and Slocum Hall Design Group

New England has one of the richest and largest collections of historic residential homes in the country: from our Colonial heritage, to our vibrant and cherished Victorian neighborhoods, to Mid-Century modern homes. And while we love our old homes with their classic style, decorative details and beautiful craftsmanship, renovating one of these masterpieces can often be an overwhelming undertaking.

Join our panel of seasoned professionals as they share their expertise on the challenges and the rewards of owning and restoring a historic property.

Topics for this lively, interactive presentation include levels of restoration, the permitting process, how to assemble a knowledgeable team to help with the process, how to remain true to the home's original glory and still make it functional for modern living and more.

Moderated by Bruce Irving, former producer of This Old House and home renovation expert, panelists include Sarah Lawson, president/owner of residential construction firm S+H Construction, David Boronkay, principal of Slocum Hall Design Group, and Anne Mueller, principal of Briar Design.


3:00pm - MIT Campus Art and Landscape Virtual Tour

Presented by MIT List Visual Arts Center

Join MIT List Visual Arts Center on a virtual public art tour showcasing art and landscape highlights across campus. View select artworks and consider land how art and landscape have shaped MITs campus design on this virtual tour of the public art collection. List Center Public Program Manager will be accompanied by a MIT Student Guide as we lead the discussion of works featuring Mark di Suvero, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, and Richard Fleischner.

MIT's Percent-for-Art Program, administered by the List Visual Arts Center, now allocates up to $500,000 to commission art for each new major renovation or campus construction project. The policy was formally instituted in 1968, but earlier collaborations between artists and architects can be found on MIT's campus. When architect Eero Saarinen designed the MIT Chapel in 1955, sculptor Theodore Roszak designed the bell tower and sculptor Harry Bertoia designed the altar screen. In 1985, architect I.M. Pei and artists Scott Burton, Kenneth Noland, and Richard Fleischner collaborated on Percent-for-Art projects for the Wiesner building and plaza, home to the MIT List Visual Arts Center and the Media Laboratory.


4:00pm - North Bennet Street School: Virtual Tour of Tour America's First Trade School!

Join us for an extensive, behind-the-scenes, virtual tour of NBSS, America's first trade school. Using our new 360-degree model, we will guide you through the entire facility, covering its architectural features, work spaces, machine rooms, and all of the workbenches in between. We train students in nine full-time programs including carpentry, preservation, bookbinding, locksmithing, furniture making, jewelry making, piano technology, and violin making.

Since its founding in 1881, NBSS has been a fixture of its North End neighborhood. Originally nestled in several small buildings within the interior of the community, the School moved to its expansive new home—the most prominent surviving example of Georgian Revival civic architecture in Boston—near the Rose Kennedy Greenway in 2013. Designed by noted architect John M. Gray, the Depression-era masonry structures were envisioned as a single civic complex with three distinct facades as part of the East Boston Tunnel project in 1934. The buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

The award-winning renovation project by Kennedy & Violich Architecture linked two of these abandoned municipal buildings, unifying the School's extensive workshops and administration under one roof, while also creating a vibrant center for traditional trades in an urban environment.

5:30pm - Renovating Boston City Hall Plaza

Presented by the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD)

Boston's City Hall Plaza is undergoing a major renovation to become more welcoming, accessible and sustainable. Please join the Boston Chapter of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) for a Zoom presentation about the site, landscape, wayfinding signage and environmental graphics changes that are part of this historic renovation. The presentation will be led by the project's key players, including:

Kara Elliott-Ortega, Chief of Arts and Culture, Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, City of Boston

Chris Grimley, Principal, Over/Under
Kristen McCosh, Disability Commissioner & ADA Title II Coordinator, Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities, City of Boston
Kate Tooke, Associate Principal and Landscape Architect, Sasaki


6:00pm - The Piers Park III Project in East Boston

Presented by The Trustees of Reservations

How a 130-year-old land conservation organization began planning an iconic waterfront destination on Boston's harbor The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) is the nation's first preservation and conservation organization, founded in Boston in 1891 out of a concern for dwindling public space. Today the non-profit is proud to protect and steward 120 special places across the state, sites ranging from barrier beaches and historic homes to working farms and urban gardens—including 56 in the City of Boston. Its Boston Waterfront Initiative, One Waterfront, is building on those deep and growing roots in Boston with a mission to create and manage a series of resilient and welcoming parks along the City's vulnerable harbor. After receiving official site developer designation from the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) late last year, One Waterfront is working to transform a dilapidated pier in East Boston into a welcoming waterfront destination, Piers Park III. Collaborating closely with the community and drawing on The Trustees' long history of expertise in public open space management, One Waterfront and world-renowned landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. will create an iconic new park, free and open to all.

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