Boston Design Week 2016

Arts and Entertainment

April 7, 2016

From: Boston Design Week Festival

Wednesday March 30, 2016:

Discover Copenhagen Design: 5:30pm - 8:30pm                                  
Copenhagen is on the fast track to becoming a trendsetting capital. It's known worldwide as a design hotspot, punching way above its weight in terms of famous designers and brands. Danish architects like Arne Jacobsen and Jørn Utzon, designer of the Sydney Opera House, have left impressive marks on architecture in Denmark and abroad. Copenhagen's own

Noma, the worlds best restaurant is parting waters in the world of food. BoConcept, Denmark's largest design firm has a long list of celebrity clients world wide, some of our recent clients include Susan Sarandon, Faye Dunaway, Brooke Shields, P. Diddy, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Estelle, Lil-Kim, and Patti LaBelle.

Come discover what Danish Design is all about during an evening of Jazz by Berklee College of Music musicians and a spectacular Noma inspired menu of appetizers. You will surely come out loving the Danish concept.

Free Uber Rides on a first come first served basis.
Location: Bo Concept

South End Showroom Grand Opening: 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Venegas and Company is on the move to 477 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s vibrant South End. The Grand Opening Party will celebrate Venegas and Company's new 5,000 square foot studio and showroom. Network with design experts, enjoy savory bites and fine drink, and experience the new showroom – complete with four functioning kitchens and new custom cabinetry, counter surfaces, hardware, lighting, and other kitchen furnishings.

Location: Venegas and Company

Smarter vs. Bigger: A Panel Event  Celebrating Boston's  Annual ‘Best  Places to Live’ Issue: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join Boston magazine for a panel discussion and celebratory event designed to bring the March ‘Best Places to Live’ issue feature to life.

Editor-in-Chief of Boston Home, Rachel Slade, has curated a panel of home experts to debate the merits of “Smarter vs. Bigger.”

Through discussing topics featured in the issue, such as “You Can’t Afford to Live Here,” gentrification, and the new high rise luxury towers, the audience will learn about housing trends and ways to make newfound challenges work for their families.

The experts will field questions from Rachel Slade as well as take audience queries. The panel discussion will be flanked by passed hors d’oeuvres and beverages in the elegant Design Center Galley West space.

Location: Boston Design Center - West Gallery

 Artisan's Asylum Talk & Tour: 6:00pm - 9:00pm                                                         

Visit Artisan's Asylum, a community workshop dedicated to the teaching, learning and practice of fabrication. Members Mark Smith and Mark Rukamathu will be talking about their recent work made at Artisan's, www.rukamathusmith.com. Tour our 40,000 sq ft facility before or after the talk to see our 160 studio spaces and 12 fabrication areas. The evening will include two tours at 6:00pm and 8:00pm as well as a talk at 7-8pm.

Location: Artisan’s Asylum

Dance With the Designers: 7:00pm - 10:00pm                                                    

Kickoff Boston Design Week in style on the dance floor! Join us for a fun evening of dancing and mingling with designers and FODs (friends of designers) at Landry & Arcari's Boston showroom.

DJ Ryan Brown will be mixing at the table. You don't want to miss this event!

Location: Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting

Thursday March 31, 2016:

Design for the Environment – Sustainable Fair: 12:00pm - 2:30pm 

The design community, along with society as a whole, has become aware that a new, more "bio-friendly" approach to design must be taken if we are to stop polluting our earth, wasting energy and resources, and jeopardizing the health of all species. We invite you to join our community of industry partners exhibiting their sustainable/green products and services at our Sustainable Fair. Event is free and open to the public.

Location: New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University

Recontextualizing Objects Opening Reception: 5:00pm - 8:00pm                                                           

Recontextualizing Objects is an exhibition of product sets whose inspiration was sourced from pieces found in the Boston Design Center. Northeastern University students scouted BDC showrooms for source objects for their product designs. Once selected, these objects were 3D scanned, creating a 3D file that was manipulated to make entirely new products. See the original objects, iterations of the new product sets, and the final results at this exhibition of what’s now possible in design.

Historically, human experience of the physical world has been one of object permanence. Now, with 3D technologies disrupting the traditional design process, bringing a new age of object plasticity and malleability. Instead of learning the intricacies of 3D design software, anyone can now easily create a 3D file with a smartphone. Photographs of an object quickly become a 3D file via a technology called photogrammetry, causing designers to rethink the physical world as it is captured, morphed, traded, re-contextualized, and sold.

Location: Boston Design Center

One at a Time: Slow Fashion in a Fast World: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

What is the meaning of handmade clothing in a world that moves at the speed of 4G? Why should we value heirlooms when knockoffs can be had at a fraction of the price?

Local celebrity designer Amy Nguyen headlines a group of Fort Point artists passionate about sustainable, long-lasting fashion.

Come see their handmade designs, and hear Amy explain the ethos, process, and purpose behind her bespoke textiles

Location:  Made in Fort Point

Night Out: Open House and Short Talks: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Visit Diseño, L’Attitude Gallery, Mohr & McPherson, and Giardini di Sole between 5:30 and 8:30pm to catch four rotating talks, each repeating on the hour at 6, 7, and 8pm.

Betty Bothereau of L’Attitude Gallery shares her expertise on selection and installation of outdoor sculptures with two sculptors on hand for questions.

Libby Morris of Giardini di Sole introduces the remarkable volcanic Flowstone to the marketplace. Libby discusses Flowstone’s intense extraction and glazing process and the stone’s many décor and architectural applications.

Mohr & McPherson tours the shop, pointing out how to discover authenticity and giving tips on shopping the World’s markets.

Diseño’s Frank Campanale shares discoveries from his most recent travels through Latin America, including innovative ways interior designers are using sustainably sourced hides.

Location: SOWA Art & Design District

11th Annual Annual Awards Gala: 7:00pm - 12:00am                                                         

This yearly Awards Gala represents the highest level of excellence in our Interior Design Community, honoring those that work to advance the profession while effectively communicating the impart of interior design and it's ability to enhance spatial experiences for all.

Please Join us in celebrating achievements of the New England design community, at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute. The overall site plan for the Institute has been designed to work in harmony with the UMass Boston campus, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the Columbia Point waterfront. The facility has been designed and will be operated with sustainability in mind. We hope this location will inspire you, and emphasize a small part of what makes New England special.

Location: The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Columbia Point,
Tickets: Member: $165, Non Member: $185

Closet Couture – Organizing Your Closet with Style: 6:00pm

Join us at the new Molteni&C furniture showroom in SOWA district with Kara Butterfield, Interior Stylist and Editor-At-Large of Boston Home magazine. With the Molteni&C closet as her beautiful backdrop, Kara will share the latest in closet organizing design, the art of successful organizing and pro styling tips that you can implement to create a custom designed closet for the way you live. Let your closet be the first room in the house that you show guests!

Enjoy light refreshments and be in the draw to win fantastic prizes. The event is free.

Location: Molteni&C

Engage: Boston Designs for Good: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Oh, baby, we do! Ever since McKim, Mead, and White emblazoned “Free to all” above the entrance to the nation’s first urban public library, Boston architecture and its architects have embraced design for the greater good. Join today’s top designers for a lively slideshow and survey of Boston’s recent humanitarian design projects, along with innovative approaches to engaging the audiences they serve.

Location: Boston Society of Architects

The Anthropology of Design: The Interplay of Exotic Furniture and Tibetan Carpets: 6:00pm - 8:00pm                                                       

Join us for a reception celebrating the spring launch of our American Exotics furniture collection. Dwight Sargent, Pompanoosuc Mills founder and lead designer, will be on hand to discuss how we are integrating rare and stunning American Exotic woods into our beautiful handcrafted Vermont furniture. This exceptional line of furniture is made with specialty woods from sustainable sources here in North America, such as unusual species of maple, bastogne walnut and reclaimed redwood. As with all our furniture, each piece is signed by the maker.

Also presenting will be Kesang Tashi, CEO and founder of InnerAsia Rugs and chief designer of his company. Tashi is a pioneer of carpets produced in his Tibetan homeland. He will speak on the Anthropology of Design and share his enthusiasm as to how cross-cultural fertilization continues to energize and help us embrace universal symbolism and fresh color, which stimulate and enrich our lives like never before.

Location: Pompanoosuc Mills

The No Name Office: 6:30pm - 8:30pm                                                    

A good brand will be created over time. This is where it gets tricky, especially, in the world of start-up companies who by definition are required to move in an almost counterintuitive way of branding - most are required to break/invent a mold while maintaining a facade of 'respectability' as they are accounted for the funding they have recently secured. Now imagine what it is to design these spaces? Join us to hear our stories and experiences.

Location: NoBox Studio at Watch Factory

Design to Make a Difference: 6:30pm

Science shows that brain’s foundation is formed in the early years; about 700 new neural connections are formed every second in the first few years of a child's life. Nearly 200,000 kids are enrolled in early education programs in Massachusetts. A large part of any child's social and emotional development occurs when they're with educators they know and can trust.

Before a child can learn, he must feel safe and free to make his needs known. When he develops a strong emotional bond with his teacher, he has the best opportunity to explore and learn in his environment. But when teachers leave, that foundation is disrupted. Children can feel a sense of loss, and can suffer emotionally and behaviorally as a result.

Woodworking Women: 7:00pm - 9:00pm                                                   

An artist's talk and roundtable discussion

Women woodworkers are a force on the faculty of the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts. They also work as fine cabinetmakers, spoon carvers, expert turners, public artists, preservation carpenters and construction supervisors. See their work and talk about their artistry, their experiences in the field, and their roles as teachers, handing down skills to both adults and children. Women have been an important presence throughout the school’s 340-year history.

The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. We offer classes and workshops at our Jamaica Plain schoolhouse in woodworking, sewing and fiber arts, painting, drawing, photography and other crafts. Our School Partnership Program sends our faculty to teach children throughout Boston in schools, libraries, housing developments and community centers.

Location: Loring-Geenough House

Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island (Screening): 7:00pm

Join the SCC as we screen "Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island" as part of Boston Design Week. The film documents, Bergen, Norway-based Saunders Architecture, Fogo Island project in which Saunders skillfully designs buildings that pay homage to the traditional white timber houses that dot the Norwegian fjords in the body ultra-modern architecture. The final result achieves a dramatic balance of new (strange) and familiar. Through the flowing, visual narrative viewers of Strange and Familiar will be captivated by the process of this award-winning contemporary Norwegian firm.

The Scandinavian Cultural Center is a destination and resource for the exploration of traditional and contemporary Nordic culture and complementary cultural experiences. Housing The Scandinavian Library, a café and a uniquely Scandinavian performance and exhibition venue, the Nordic Hall, the SCC hosts a monthly Nordic Film Series, a weekly Kaffestugan (Swedish for café), and a variety of programs including concerts, lectures, exhibitions, artist talks and special events, including its highly popular Smörgåsbord Nordic Food Festival. The Center shares space with the Scandinavian Living Center and continues over 100 years of history as a meeting space for Scandinavians and those interested in Nordic culture.

Location: Scandinavian Cultural Center

Friday April 1st, 2016:

Tour of North Bennet Street School: 10:00am

Check out America's first trade school first hand, and learn more about NBSS's unique education in craftsmanship. Featuring a tour of full-time program spaces in Bookbinding, Cabinet and Furniture Making, Jewelry Making and Repair, Preservation Carpentry, and more.

Location: North Bennet Street School

Boston Design Center's Showroom Stroll and Sample Sale: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Enjoy discounted prices on luxurious home furnishings at the Boston Design Center’s annual Showroom Stroll and Sample Sale. Open to the public year-round for browsing, the BDC cordially welcomes design enthusiasts to this rare opportunity to directly purchase high-end home wares from selected showrooms. Guests are welcome to take advantage of the BDC’s Designer on Call program to assist with purchasing decisions.

While strolling the Design Center, experience the debut of Vintage Vignettes. Rustic charm meets modern sophistication in this building-wide display of antiques mixed with new decor. An exciting collaboration between Designer on Call, selected showrooms, and the Market Stalls, feature windows throughout the building will showcase the variety of fine home furnishings available at the Boston Design Center.

Location: Boston Design Center

Just Add Cooking…and a Downsview Kitchen!: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Downsview Kitchens of Boston invites you to spend the afternoon exploring their beautiful new showroom while Chef Holly Pierce of “Just Add Cooking” treats your taste buds to locally inspired dishes and wine. What better way to spend your afternoon than combining Downsview's new displays with Just Add Cooking's healthy and delicious food delivery service. Do not miss this event!

Just Add Cooking is the only Boston based meal kit service, that delivers locally sourced ingredients with recipes to customers doors to create healthy meals in under 30 minutes. To learn more visit www.justaddcooking.com

Downsview Kitchens has been producing fine cabinetry for all rooms of the home for almost 50 yrs. We have hundreds of possible color and finish combinations that can be used to create truly unique designs from ultra modern to traditional styles.  We display our Kitchens, Bathrooms and Closets in our showroom in the Boston Design Center where our talented designers work with clients to make designs and dreams come to life.

Location: Boston Design Center

 Film Screening: Moshe Safdie, The Power of Architecture: 6:00pm

This portrait film celebrates the life and work of world-renowned Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie FAIA. From the Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem to the master plan for the city of Modi’in to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, this personal documentary delves into some of Safdie’s most famous design projects and explores what makes each one unique. This film accompanies the exhibition "Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safide," on display at BSA Space through May 2016.

Location: Boston Society of Architects

Saturday  April 2 , 2016:

LED Applications for Kitchen and Bath: 9:30am - 11:00am

Kitchen and bath remodels can be some of the most challenging projects that homeowners take on. In this informative and hands‐on seminar, Wolfers’ Susan Arnold will define what considerations to use when planning the lighting portion of your project—such as impact of LED color temperatures and how they might coordinate with your paint and fabrics—and the benefits of transitioning to LED. Through exploration of our lighting labs, you will learn about recessed, decorative, under cabinet and accent lighting. Dimming, shade and control options will also be discussed. Susan Arnold is an ALA certified Lighting Consultant and has conducted seminars for both homeowners and trade clients. She has been the lighting consultant for many area projects, and recently seen on "This Old House". Wolfers’ interactive lighting labs let you experience all your lighting options in live settings throughout the showroom.

Location: Wolfers Lighting

Boston Design Center's Showroom Stroll and Sample Sale: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Enjoy discounted prices on luxurious home furnishings at the Boston Design Center’s annual Showroom Stroll and Sample Sale. Open to the public year-round for browsing, the BDC cordially welcomes design enthusiasts to this rare opportunity to directly purchase high-end home wares from selected showrooms. Guests are welcome to take advantage of the BDC’s Designer on Call program to assist with purchasing decisions.

While strolling the Design Center, experience the debut of Vintage Vignettes. Rustic charm meets modern sophistication in this building-wide display of antiques mixed with new decor. An exciting collaboration between Designer on Call, selected showrooms, and the Market Stalls, feature windows throughout the building will showcase the variety of fine home furnishings available at the Boston Design Center.

Location: Boston Design Center

 Art & Placemaking in Communities of Color: 10:00am - 2:00pm

A Community Workshop Sponsored by Mattapan Cultural Arts Development, Powerful Pathways Consulting,  and the Boston Society of Architects

Boston is a city that is emerging as a force for design. But is the design scene as equitable as it could be? What are some strategies to engage under-served communities and people of color? Arts and placemaking is a great entryway for talking about the role of design in urban neighborhoods.

Join the Mattapan Cultural Arts Development, Powerful Pathways Consulting and the BSA for an interactive community conversation on arts, design and placemaking. We'll explore how design thinking can be applied in making inclusive communities and demonstrate how one of the current projects MCAD is doing engages the neighborhood in creative, civic activity and advocacy.

Location: Mattapan Center for Life

The New Conscious Culture: Design Your World Consciously: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in conjunction with Design Veritas will ask you to consider the following concepts when contemplating Design for your home: Sustainable – Mindful – Simple – Creative – Empowering. Design Veritas, led by Navneet Magon Anand, is an advocate for the new conscious culture. Visit the showroom where these simple concepts will be highlighted for you to consider.

With Mitchell Gold’s American made, earth friendly collection the concepts of sustainability, mindfulness, simplification, creativity and empowerment will be brought to life. Navneet, a researcher, designer, architect and artist, will be in the showroom and available to discuss this new approach to living in today’s times.

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is a renowned 26-year-old lifestyle furniture brand best known for comfortable, stylish and value-conscious slipcovered and upholstered furniture, case goods, lighting, accessories, bed linens and a carefully edited collection of wall art designed to provide comfort – for everyone.

Location:  Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

New Product Introductions: 11:00am

Join The Shade Store to view their latest product introductions, including Cordless Roman Shades and Drapery Hardware. The new Cordless Roman Shades are available in Flat and Cascade styles, while the new Drapery Hardware comes in three collections with eight different finishes. Every window treatment is handcrafted in the U.S.A. by a skilled artisan, hung and tested for quality assurance and ships free in 10 days or less.

Location: The Shade Store

Boston’s Avenue of the Arts: A Walking Tour of the City’s Premier Arts District: 11:00am - 12:30pm

Huntington Avenue is in the midst of a transformation. Home to the city’s  top cultural and academic institutions, Boston’s “Avenue of the Arts” is becoming more dense, more vibrant, and more diverse. Join Martin Zogran, Principal urban designer Sasaki Associates and Kelly Brilliant, Executive Director of the Fenway Alliance, on a walking tour of the Avenue of the Arts. Martin and Kelly, who recently led a master planning effort for the Avenue, will discuss its past and plans for future growth during the 90-minute adventure.

Location: Sasaki Associates Symphony Hall

Insights from an Award-Winning Design/Build Team​: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Come spend two hours with Peter Feinmann, and his award-winning team of designers and builders. Listen as they share their insights and expertise about planning and running custom renovation projects that are beautiful and functional. Meet the team responsible for driving the vision and ethos for Feinmann and for crafting a company that puts the client at its center. Our team creates imaginative, skillful solutions to your design challenges with outstanding craftsmanship, attention to detail and a proven process. If you are seeking unique solutions to your needs, prefer working with a trustworthy, reputable company, and have the resources and motivation to invest in your home, learn what Feinmann has to offer during our Boston Design Week workshop.

Location: Feinmann, Inc

Monday April 4, 2016:

Johnson Building Renovations Tour​: 3:00pm

Tour Phase Two of the Central Library Renovation underway at the Boston Public Library’s location in Copley Square. Totaling approximately 110,000 square feet, the renovation includes updates to the Johnson building’s lower level, first floor, mezzanine, and the building exterior. Join architecture firm William Rawn Associates and members of the Boston Public Library and City of Boston’s Property and Construction Management team for this inside look at the construction in progress.

Enjoy a sneak peek of the newly introduced architectural elements that have modernized noted architect Philip Johnson’s 1970s design, and the significant structural work being executed that is redefining the space by strengthening connections to the adjacent historic McKim building and the Johnson building’s front entrance on Boylston Street. Tour attendees are also welcome to explore the new Children’s Library and Teen Central, part of Phase One of the Central Library Renovation, completed in February 2015. Slated for completion in summer 2016, the updated Johnson building will provide cutting edge library services - reshaping and redefining the patron experience at a 21st century urban public library.

Location: Boston Public Library At Deferrari Hall

 Want to Change the World Through Design?: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

People used to think of Interior design as an extra, if you could afford it.

No longer. The fate of our planet may well depend on how we humans interact with our environment and the spaces and places we create. Far from furnishing extras, designers today are literally in the hot seat, exploring solutions to the major challenges we face today.

Our Panel of Experts welcome your input:
-How to weigh the pros and cons of a design career
-How to practice the R words: recycle, refurbish, restore – can you think of more?
-How to design for health. How much toxic gas comes off upholstery anyway?
-How to design for everybody. Universal design doesn’t necessarily mean installing ugly grab bars in the bath…but what does it mean?

The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University has been dedicated to providing its students with excellent instruction, professional courses of study, small classes, and personalized attention for over 90 years.  We benefit from not only being part of a tight-knit community of artists and designers but also from the resources a large, urban university like Suffolk has to offer.

Location: New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University

Challenge the Makers at Open Studios: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join Fort Point Cabinetmakers, Blanche P. Field, and Boston Furniture Collaborative for a creative design challenge during their annual open studios party. Bring your thorniest design problem and a panel of designers, makers, artists, and educators will offer ideas, thoughts, and solutions to your particular design challenge.

The Makers’ Guild members include thought leaders in design, space, and lighting solutions. This is your opportunity to ask questions, get custom-made advice, and develop a plan for executing that difficult-to-complete project! Bring an object, photos, clippings, articles – anything that will illustrate the particular design challenge you are wrestling with – and sit across the table from people who have decades of experience solving those exact problems. Share a beer with your friends while seeing some of the best customized work being done anywhere.

-Fort Point Cabinetmakers – Master-crafted furniture from traditional to contemporary
-Blanche P. Field – Lighting and custom shades, all hand made at the Makers Guild space
-Boston Furniture Collaborative – Custom designed and master-crafted furniture of all genres
-North Bennet Street School – View student work from the school –the oldest craft school in America.

Location: IDB Maker’s Guild

Tuesday April 5, 2016:

HxRefactored Conference:

April 5: 7:00am - 6:30pm
April 6: 7:00am - 5:45pm

HxRefactored is a revolutionary conference that focuses on improving health experiences through technology and design. Gathering more than 600 cross-disciplinary thinkers and practitioners and through an inspired mix of thought-provoking talks, workshops, and discussions, HxRefactored applies design, science, evidence, and theory to re-imagine the entire health journey, and find new ways to actually deliver that vision.

This is a premiere event for designers and developers in health. For those who aren't in the health space, there are a number of add-on, low cost workshops available on topics including, but not limited to: Design Studio: Building Design Consensus into your Process; Designing Healthcare Business Models and Ventures; Designing Motivational Interventions for Health Behavior Change: A Self-Determination Theory Approach, Experience Strategy-Storytelling, Journey Mapping, and Service Design; New Definitions of "Patient Engagement."

Location: The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel

Art from Construction – Turning Off Cut Materials into Art: 10:00am - 4:00pm

In the world of construction and cabinetry the pile of off cut materials start to add up, bucking the trend of our increasingly ‘throw-away’ society, Jewett Farms + Co. has joined forces with Maine artist Dave Allen to create art from construction materials that would otherwise have been discarded. Come to the new Jewett Farms + Co. showroom in the Boston Design Center to watch the installation of Dave’s art pieces made from reclaimed timbers and soapstone remnants.

Using materials that traditionally have a utilitarian purpose brings another element to these artistic works and adds a design element that is quite unique to a space. “Art like this can have a positive effect on the world, if only more people were exposed to it. It didn't take too many conversations like these for me to realize that creating Art in this manner could have a powerful and meaningful influence on the world” Dave Allen, Stone Point Studio.

Location: Boston Design Center

LED 101: A Wolfers Home Lighting Seminar: 11:00am - 12:30pm

There is no doubt LED lighting is changing the way we light our homes. With so many manufacturers offering LED decorative, task, recessed, and other options available to today’s homeowner, a unique opportunity exists for precise choices in lighting your home. But there is so much to know in making these informed decisions. What are the best applications of LED for your space? How do you select the right LED bulbs? What color temperature works in your space? Led by Wolfers’ own Susan Arnold, recently seen on This Old House, this seminar will discuss the pros and cons of LED household bulbs versus LED fixtures, dimming and controlling LED, the impact of color temperature on a room and more. View cutting‐ edge lighting products for your home in real‐life settings in our Allston showroom.

Location: Wolfers Lighting

B/A/D Talks: Building A House? Get the best from your B/A/D Team: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Produced by United Marble Fabricators,

Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers, and New England Home

How should a homeowner assemble, manage, and participate with a team of professionals to produce a new home or remodel an existing one?  Our next B/A/D Talk panel explores this issue from the various points of view provided by a Builder/Architect/Designer, and Homeowner.

As part of Boston Design Week this talk is open to the public and tailored to address the role of the homeowner in building projects of all sizes.

Panelists exploring this topic are homeowner Christinia Van Houten, interior designer Andrea Birkerts, architect John Meyer, and builder Bob Ernst, guided by moderator Kyle Hoepner, editor of New England Home.

The B/A/D Talks are a community effort to encourage engagement and conversation among New England's builders, architects, and designers. Panelists for each event are leaders both in our industry and beyond, and talks are moderated by Kyle Hoepner, editor-in-chief of New England Home. The aim is to provide transformational, inspirational, engaging conversations accompanied by delicious appetizers and beverages.

Location: Samuel Adams Brewery

Affordable Classics for the New Collector: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Gallery owner Jim Lapides will present a talk on poster collecting and the pitfalls that new collectors can avoid. Stop by to explore the space and learn why poster collecting remains one of the best fields for new collectors. This special evening kicks off "Decorating with Posters: Affordable Classics for the New Collector", a show and sale of vintage posters for under $2,500 that will run until May 5. The show features beautiful examples from several styles, subjects, and eras to indicate the incredible breadth of opportunities for any budding collector or home decorator.

Location: International Poster Gallery

City Living – How to Downsize Successfully: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Boston Design Guide hosts an open-panel discussion at IL Décor in Boston with homeowners who’ve traded in the suburbs for the city. Members of the panel will share experiences, offer insights and give advice on downsizing.

In addition to the homeowners, there will be members from the Boston design community on the panel to answer any design/construction questions.  The evening will consit of a cocktail hour, followed by the panel, with time after for networking.

Boston Design Guide is New England’s first and foremost publication dedicated to the home. Conceived and launched by editor and publisher Melanie Perillo in 1997, Boston Design Guide has become a trusted and comprehensive resource that reflects the “best of the best” in the home industry. Only elite companies and resources are showcased in this elegant and long-standing publication that features page after page of home products and professionals known for their commitment to quality and high-end aesthetic.

Location: IL Decor Modern Furniture

Cooking with Chef Kurt von Kahle: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Luxury cabinet maker Poggenpohl and Gaggenau, the pioneer in appliance innovation for 333 years, invite you to savor a glass of wine and enjoy light refreshments during a live cooking demonstration in Boston’s foremost kitchen design studio. Experience the cuisine of Chef Kurt von Kahle, New England’s leading kitchen appliance consultant. He will create culinary delights while using the Gaggenau CX491 full surface induction cooktop and Gaggenau wall oven in Poggenpohl’s new P`7350 Design by Studio F.A. Porsche kitchen. Chef Kurt has appeared on The Chef’s Kitchen, and hosts a YouTube video series of cooking tips and demonstrations via Kurt’s Kitchen Channel.

Mingle and explore traditional craftsmanship with the precision of modern technology. Discover the newest in European kitchen cabinets, appliances and counters in Boston’s leading trendsetting studio on Newbury Street. The design and installation team at Poggenpohl serve each client and project with their award winning customer service. Their pursuit of perfection can be seen in editorials of the leading design magazines.

Location: Poggenpohl Kitchen Design Studio

Perfect Pairings: Thinking Outside the Box for the Ultimate Bathroom: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Presented by CUMAR Marble and Granite and Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, in partnership with ASID-New England. Speakers a Stone Specialist at CUMAR Marble and Granite, Mindy Sevinor-Feinberg, Showroom Brand Manager at Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, Eric Haydel, President of ASID – New England and a special presentation from Ellie Eisenberger from Chameleon Concepts.

Planning a bathroom or powder room renovation? Building a new home but perplexed by the choices for your master bath?  Experts in bath design share tips on how to think outside the box to create your dream bathroom. These professionals will discuss how to properly pair products together, including stone choices, vanities and fixtures as well as design esthetic, in order to create the ultimate bathroom. The speakers will also give tips on what to consider when dealing with specific bathroom layouts and space issues as well as tips on color and fixture trends and new technology. Attendees are encouraged to come with questions as this presents the perfect opportunity to solve your bathroom woes! "Perfect Pairings" of Wine and Cheese will be served.

Location: Designer Bath & Salem Plumbing Supply

Form (Finally) Meets Function- Rethinking City Hall: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Greg Galer of Boston Preservation Alliance will address the historic significance of this frequently divisive Boston icon. Michael LeBlanc of Utile will speak about the analysis of the existing building and possible innovative concepts as it relates to civic space, and how to balance retaining City Hall’s iconic character with improving functionality for Bostonians in the 21st century. We’ll encourage attendees to contribute ideas and questions about what’s in store.

Location: Boston City Hall

Design For Good: To Go: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Taking a cue from the humble ice cream truck, many socially conscious organizations have taken their services to the streets by operating out of trucks. By creating more accessible services, they have been able to connect with their audiences more directly and expand their reach.

In this discussion we'll explore the lessons a few of these organizations have learned from designing experiences that brought them closer to their communities. Can a city increase engagement by putting City Hall into a truck? Can you help more people by putting healthcare on wheels? What advantages and opportunities do community-minded organizations discover when they become portable?

This conversation will feature the Boston City Hall To Go, The Family Van, and other organizations offering mobile services in the city.

Who should attend:
-Socially-minded individuals
-Bostonians who care about their community & its future
-Designers interested in creating experiences with communities in mind
-Food truck fiends eager to see other applications for the concept

Location: Microsoft Nerd Center
AIGA Member: $9
Non-Member: $13
Student: $5

SEGD Sneak Preview: Autodesk's New Build Space: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join SEGD (Society of Experiential Graphic Design) on a sneak preview tour of Autodesk’s advanced workshop for research and prototyping digital fabrication methods and construction automation for the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry. This workshop is called the BUILD Space, for Building Innovation Learning and Design, and will support researchers in residence from industry, practice and academia as well as community education and "making". The BUILD Space will officially open this spring.

The tour will highlight the BUILD Space’s areas for large project assembly and design robotics, large CNC equipment of various kinds, areas for hot metal, glass and ceramic work, and for composites and finishing.

As part of The Society of Experiential Graphic Design’s mission to educate, connect, and inspire our global community we invite you to learn how this new maker space will provide a public forum for innovation right here in the Innovation District of Boston.

Location: Autodesk

Center for Workplace Innovation Announcement Event: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Design Museum Boston and Jamestown are excited to announce the launch of the Center for Workplace Innovation, a platform for sharing the latest thinking in workplace design and innovation through articles, videos, interviews, and multimedia content — coupled with an annual Workplace Innovation Summit signature event, pulling together the thought leaders of the industry for keynote presentations, demonstrations, and workshops. Join workplace industry professionals, design leaders, our partners as we announce the Center and honor two local workplace innovators for this kick off event.

Location: Boston Design Center

Wednesday April 6, 2016:

The Art of the Approach with Miles Redd: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Ever since he launched his own firm in 1998, Miles Redd’s interiors have epitomized effortless, exuberant chic.

Redd shares his approach to using colors, textures, and fabrics to craft rooms that are both dazzling and supremely livable, and always infused with his signature passion for grand decorating, high fashion, and timeless glamour.

Location: Boston Design Center

The Heritage of Handcraft as an Inspiration to Marimekko Print Design: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Join  Marimekko Artwork Studio Manager, Petri Juslin, for an in-depth look at how hand printing influenced pattern design in the 1950s and 1960s, and how this heritage is carried out by present designers. Mr. Juslin will bring his 30 years of experience to an interactive discussion looking at past and current prints, and how he works with print designers to find solutions that will transfer art to functional fabrics, without compromising design.

Marimekko is a Finnish textile and clothing design company renowned for its original prints and colors. The company designs and manufactures high-quality interior decoration items ranging from furnishing fabrics to tableware as well as clothing, bags and other accessories. When Marimekko was founded in 1951, its unparalleled printed fabrics gave it a strong and unique identity. Marimekko products are sold in approximately 40 countries.

Q&A with Marimekko Artwork Studio Manager Petri Juslin: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Invited guests and ticket holders can join Marimekko Artwork Studio Manager, Petri Juslin, for an in-depth look at how hand printing influenced pattern design in the 1950s and 1960s, and how this heritage is carried out by present designers. Mr. Juslin will be joining us from the Marimekko studio in Helsinki, Finland, where he has spent the last 30 years working with more than 150 print designers to find design and printing solutions for over 1000 prints. All guests must be 21 or over. A reception of cocktails and light hors d’ oeuvres will follow the presentation and allow for one on one time with Mr. Juslin.

Location: Marimekko

The Art of Handcraft: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

San Francisco-based CONRAD Imports were first to offer custom handwoven Roman shades to the U.S. market, starting in 1956.  They continue to provide innovation and beauty to the interior design community, with an ever-growing range of custom capabilities and options to suit any window.

From the outset, their mission has been to create simple, elegant window coverings using the finest natural fibers.  Every shade is unique, the result of its fiber content and the talents of the weavers who produce it.  Durable, sustainable materials such as arrowroot, flax, ramie and vetiver root undergo a compelling transformation from their fields of origin to weaver looms and on to their final window destination.

At each step of the process, gifted hands and trained eyes produce unusual shade fabrics renowned for their quiet beauty, durability and longevity.  CONRAD’s skilled weavers draw on generations of knowledge – in partnership with fiber sources across Asia, they select each season’s best harvests and carefully prepare them for the loom.

Location: Boston Design Center

Commercial Urban Farming and Design : Jessie Banhazl of Green City Growers: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Ver-Tex invites you for an exploration of how New England's design professionals are tackling commercial urban farming within city limits. Green City Grower’s Jessie Banhazl will introduce cutting edge trends and materials used in commercial urban design during an interactive workshop, followed by Q&A.

For seven years, Green City Growers has been educating designers, consumers and students to the ins and outs of successfully implementing urban agriculture. As a regional leader in urban farming, Green City Growers has provided the expertise and ongoing maintenance to make projects like Fenway Farms for the Boston Red Sox, and a 1/2 acre rooftop farm for Whole Foods Market Lynnfield a reality. Urban farming is taking off in some of the most densely populated places around Greater Boston in interesting and unexpected ways. This lecture will highlight the ever-changing landscape of growing technologies that is making this possible and how to apply these techniques in your community.
Location:  Ver-Tex

 The CotY Awards (Contractor of the Year): 5:30pm - 9:30pm

The Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards showcases the work of the finest professional remodelers in our region.

EM NARI members compete for Contractor of the Year awards across 20 categories. In 2016, EM NARI received a record number of project entries.  Entries are carefully evaluated by a panel of independent judges with industry expertise.

The CotY Awards competition culminates with the Evening of Excellence where the year’s winners are announced. In 2016, the CotY Event will be emceed by author, radio personality and “Professor of Trivia,” Mr. Morgan White Jr. Be sure to join EM NARI for this entertaining evening and celebrate with our CotY Award winners. 

Location: Clarke Kitchen and Design Showroom

 American Modern Design from 1920s to 1940s: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

A special tour for Boston Design Week 2016! Join curator Nonie Gadsden, Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, to explore American modern design in the galleries of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Learn about some of the leading designers of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s such as Paul Frankl, Donald Deskey, Kem Weber, Gilbert Rohde, Russel Wright, and Charles and Ray Eames.

During your visit you will spend time in the dazzling John Axelrod gallery (American Modern: 1920s and 30s) featuring the American Modern style in all media. The Art Deco style achieved prominence of the world's stage following the Paris exposition of 1925, when American artists and designers rapidly capitalized on its popularity by combining the elegance of the jazz era and the sleek minimalism of the machine age.

The 1940s and 50s gallery highlights American decorative arts displaying a variety of abstract forms, often embracing new materials and methods afforded by industrial production. This gallery explores themes such as geometric or biomorphic abstraction in a variety of media, juxtaposing unique, studio works of art with manufactured designs.

Design Behind-the-Scenes: 6:00pm - 6:45pm, 7:00pm - 7:45pm 

Join Meghan Melvin,  Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Curator of Design,  Emily Zilber,  Ronald C. & Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, and Emily Stoehrer, Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry,  for a lively discussion of modern and contemporary design and craft in the Museum’s collections.

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at a selection of American and European design objects and drawings in the Morse Study Room. A wide range of American and European artists and artisans will be featured, including works by Wendell Castle, Bill Daley, and Judy McKie.

Modern and contemporary jewelry will be a particular focus of the presentation, including highlights from the Daphne Farago Collection. Among the featured artists will be Robert Ebendorf and Manfred Bischoff, along with examples from the MFA’s archives of jewelry designs from the 1950s.

Gain a deeper understanding of the differences between the artists’ creative processes and learn more about the Museum’s holistic approach to collecting and documenting work by contemporary artists and designers. Free.

Meet at the Morse Study Room

Location: Museum of Fine Arts

Architecture, Beauty, and Thermodynamics: A Conversation with Inaki Abalos: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

 Iñaki Ábalos, chair of the department of architecture at Harvard University, is a founding member of Ábalos + Sentkiewicz, an accomplished architecture practice with offices in Madrid, Boston, and Shanghai. Ábalos will discuss issues of architecture and the environment in his recent award-winning work.

Location: Boston Society of Architects

IDB Ideas: The Future of Making Things: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

IDB Ideas is a speaker series that focuses on the intersection of design, technology, and innovation in a variety of fields. Co-hosted by the Innovation and Design Building and Autodesk, this edition reviews the way disruptive technologies are changing how we design, plan, build, and manufacture. Engage in thoughtful conversation with:

-Paul Kassabian, SGH Engineering
-Janos Stone, Co-Founder of Kwambio and faculty of Art + Design at Northeastern University
-Skylar Tibbits, Director of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab
-Haik Tokatlyan, Jaywalk Studio
-Rachel Vroman, Harvard University

Networking and refreshments will follow the panel discussion. Tour the new Autodesk office and BUILD Space including new installations by Jaywalk Studio and check out a private showing of Recontextualizing Objects, an exhibition of Northeastern University student design work.

Location: Autodesk

 A Client’s View on Home Renovation: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Join us for a client-moderated panel discussion answering all of your home renovation questions and sharing enlightening and often humorous stories from all perspectives involved.

Moderated by homeowner Julia Farwell-Clay, this panel of experts will include: architect, Andrew Sidford of Andrew Sidford Architects; home technology specialist; Joseph Kolchinsky of OneVision Resources; custom builder, Allison Iantosca of F.H. Perry; interior designer, Jill Litner Kaplan of Jill Litner Kaplan Interiors ; and landscape designer, Roger Cook of "This Old House".   

Location: The Atrium

Thursday April 7, 2016:

LED Applications for Kitchen and Bath: 11:00am - 12:30pm

Kitchen and bath remodels can be some of the most challenging projects that homeowners take on. In this informative and hands‐on seminar, Wolfers’ Susan Arnold will define what considerations to use when planning the lighting portion of your project—such as impact of LED color temperatures and how they might coordinate with your paint and fabrics—and the benefits of transitioning to LED. Through exploration of our lighting labs, you will learn about recessed, decorative, under cabinet and accent lighting. Dimming, shade and control options will also be discussed. Susan Arnold is an ALA certified Lighting Consultant and has conducted seminars for both homeowners and trade clients. She has been the lighting consultant for many area projects, and recently seen on "This Old House". Wolfers’ interactive lighting labs let you experience all your lighting options in live settings throughout the showroom.

Location: Wolfers Lighting

How to Recognize Quality in Cabinetry Construction and Materials: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Fine cabinetry is a blending of craftsmanship and quality materials. If one of the two is not up to par then the entire design suffers. Jewett Farms + Co. founder Matthew Lord is giving a discussion on the craftsmanship of cabinetry construction and how to make the right material choices. Join him at the Jewett Farms + Co. showroom in the Boston Design Center and tour their new space after the talk.

The elements that turn a good kitchen design into a long-lasting and functional space are both the materials it is built from and the way they are constructed. Materials matter – but they can also be the most daunting part of the design process. Matthew Lord will the discuss the importance of materials, how to make the right choices and what to look for in the construction of your cabinetry.

This seminar will take participants through the build process of the JF cabinetshop, showing the level of detail required for true craftsmanship and will also cover a range of different materials and finishes. This seminar is a must-see for anyone looking to enhance their design skills with a deeper understanding of cabinetry construction.

Location: Boston Design Center

The Neoscape Design Challenge: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

As a creative agency, we spend our days trying to solve client challenges in ways that are innovative, different, and exciting while accommodating project parameters (budget, schedule, etc.). Designers in our studio—and in general—have to be nimble and adjust creatively to the needs and whims of clients. We also must be creative about limitations and use them to our advantage. In this Boston Design Week session, we’ll explore different ways to remain flexible, yet focused, during the creative process. What happens when the project changes mid-way through the assignment? How do you adjust for new stakeholders weighing in on work that’s already been done? How do you take into account newly imposed conditions once a creative concept has already been approved? The Neoscape Design Challenge will provide a hands-on opportunity to think creatively under constraints to develop design solutions that the client loves.

3:00-4:30 pm workshop session followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Location: Neoscape                                            

Execution Isn’t Everything: The Importance of Experiential Event Branding: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Tips and tricks for enhancing client/ customer relationships, building bridges to brand touch-points, and nailing the attendee/ customer experience. Learn the pitfalls and power of experiential branding when it comes to your event and retail space by side-stepping land mines, and leverage every touchpoint for a successful experience. Industry experts Bob Russo, Director of Creative Services at VDA Productions, and Kevin Hart, President, Creative Director at H|B Agency, will teach you to memorably connect with your target audiences before, during, and after you're launch.

Location: VDA Productions

An Evening with Elle Decor Editor in Chief Michael Boodro:  5:30pm - 7:30pm

Celebrate Boston Design Week on April 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 with a special evening at Room & Board with Elle Decor Editor in Chief, Michael Boodro. Join Michael and fellow design enthusiasts for a lively conversation about American craftsmanship in the artisan design industry and the growing appreciation for creating handcrafted products. Explore Room & Board’s new assortment of beautifully designed American-made furniture and accessories while you enjoy light refreshments and enter to win a $500 gift card.

Location: Room & Board

AD20/21 & Boston Print Fair Gala Preview: 5:30pm - 9:00pm 

The AD20/21 Gala Preview to support and celebrate Boston Design Week is the event of the year, bringing together the entire Boston design community! 

Enjoy delicious food, wine and festive music, and be among the first to explore the dazzling array of art and design at the show. Complimentary catalog, all special programs and re-admission throughout the weekend. Valet parking available.

The 2016 AD20/21 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Boston Globe Antiques Columnist Virginia Bohlin at 6:00 pm at the Gala.  Previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include designers Vladimir Kagan, Dakota Jackson, Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Vicente Wolf, collector John P. Axelrod, preservationist Susan Park, and architecture critic Robert Campbell.

Now in its ninth year, AD20/21: Art & Design of the 20th & 21st Centuries brings together 50 select exhibitors offering modern to contemporary fine art, photography, jewelry, furniture, decorative arts, sculpture, fine prints and drawings and more at the only show of its kind in New England.

Location: The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts
$250 - 5:30 VIP Admission and Award Program
$100 - 6:30 Gala Preview Party
$50 -  7:30 Just Desserts

Accelerate Startup Challenge PitchRound + Team Showcase: 5:30pm - 8:30pm 

Accelerate Startup Challenge is a program where interdisciplinary student teams take ideas from concept to reality. Our PitchRound is where these teams will pitch for seed funding in front of a panel of judges from the Boston innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. After deliberating, the judges will announce the teams that will receive funding. The event also includes food, networking and a showcase of Accelerate teams.

Location:  Wentworth Institute of Technology

European Furniture and Decorative Arts Lecture: 6:00pm

Wednesday, April 6, 12:00 – 5:00PM
Thursday, April 7, 12:00 – 8:00 PM

Thursday, April 7, at 6:00PM

Friday, April 8, at 10:00AM

Founded over four decades ago, Skinner offers more than 60 auctions annually. 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.

Drawing on the expertise of its specialists and its personalized service, Skinner works with individuals, institutions, and estate settlement professionals to attract outstanding items from across New England, the United States, and the world. Important sales include a Qing Dynasty vase that set the record for Chinese art sold in the U.S.; works by Fitz Henry Lane and Aldro Thompson Hibbard; folk art portraiture; and Kashmir textiles. Skinner regularly sees strong results for items ranging from fine Italian violins to fine gemstones and pearl jewelry.

Location:  Skinner, Inc.

Unite on Design in Education: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Our quarterly panel discussion will be focused on how design can be integrated into our education system. Our panel includes world-class leaders from the field, touching on the importance of design in administration, architecture, curriculum and innovation in how we educate. The event kicks off with a discussion between thought leaders on different sides of the intersection, with Q&A and networking to follow. This event is free for Design Museum Boston members and $15 for Non-Members

Location: Perkins + Will

Open House Lecture: Lewis Jones and Giles Smith of Assemble: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Assemble is a multidisciplinary collective working across architecture, design, and art. Founded in 2010 to undertake a single self-built project, Assemble has since delivered a diverse, award-winning body of work while retaining a democratic and co-operative working method that enables built, social and research-based work at a variety of scales. The firm’s members are committed to the practice of both making things and making things happen. Its work has ranged from child-run adventure playgrounds in East Glasgow to open-access workshops in North East London, with a number of scales, types and communities between. In 2015 Assemble was nominated for the Turner Prize, which its members used as a platform to launch Granby Workshop, a new social enterprise for Granby, Liverpool, which makes hand-made products for homes.

Location: Harvard Graduate School of Design, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall

Living Architecture: Talk with Elodie Nourrigat: 7:00pm

Committed to the dissemination of architectural culture and to offering visibility to young architects, award-winning French architect Elodie Nourrigat co-founded the Festival des Architectures Vives (Festival of Living Architecture) in 2006. The annual event invites young creators from all over the world to imagine and build urban and often ephemeral projects in the courtyards of private mansions and in public spaces throughout the cities of Montpellier and La Grande Motte in the South of France.

For ten days, the community has the opportunity to discover or rediscover the historical landmarks of these old towns and to engage with various contemporary installations, connected by special walking paths. Created by several teams of architects, the installations highlight the work of a younger generation that is inventing and exploring new design practices.

Elodie Nourrigat will share the strategies she has used to forge meaningful connections for visitors between the contemporary installations of young architects and the city’s rich architectural heritage.

Admission is $10 for French Cultural Center members and students and $15 for general public.

Location: French Cultural Center

Experience Design: A New Mindset: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Traditional roles of designers are rapidly shifting due to heightened expectations. People don’t buy products, services or physical spaces – they want integrated and meaningful experiences that captivate and engage. As designers, this requires an ability to think beyond classical disciplines and truly embrace the totality of people’s interaction. But to fully realize and sustain this shift, we need to fully embrace Experience Design as a mindset.

Experience Design is a contemporary approach to innovation and design that places emphasis on the quality of the total experience. Traditional design practices have primarily focused on the utility of one particular touchpoint, with the holistic experience becoming a secondary consideration. By placing people at the center of the challenge, and seeing the world from their perspective, Experience Design accentuates the continuity of an experience that can delight and create a lasting impression.

Come join the conversation as we discuss ways to envision and design experiences through a deeper understanding of people’s needs, the context of their challenges, and opportunities to create more meaningful solutions.

Tom Burchard, Vice President of Experience Design at Altitude_Inc

Location: BSA Space
AIGA Member: $9
Non-Member: $15
Student: $6

Friday April 8, 2016:

AD20/21 Show and The Boston Print Fair Weekend Show & Sale:

Friday 1pm – 8pm, Saturday 11am – 8pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm

Select exhibitors offering modern to contemporary fine art, photography, jewelry, Mid-Century furnishings and contemporary studio furniture, decorative arts, sculpture, fine prints, drawings and more at the only show and sale of its kind in New England... affordable works to museum-quality masterpieces!

The Boston Print Fair section of the show features dealers in American, European and Asian fine prints, drawings, and other original works on paper.

The Cyclorama provides the ideal venue for this exciting show. Built in 1884 to house an enormous panorama painting (a "cyclorama") of the Battle of Gettysburg, the large circular rotunda and adjacent salons encourage visitors to both linger and wander throughout the show. The historic structure is the heart of the Boston Center for the Arts complex, which boasts four theatres, a gallery, the Boston Ballet School, 50 artist studios and other facilities. There are more than a dozen "hot" restaurants and nightspots within a five-minute walk.

Location: The Cyclorama at Boston Center For The Arts
Weekend Admission $15, Under 12 Free

Making Communities Through Culture: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Reception at 5:00pm with a panel at 6:00pm.

From pop-up galleries to the well-established institutions of the city, come and explore opportunities and challenges in creating an arts and culture scene for the city of Boston.  Join panelists including Allyson Esposito, Arts and Culture Director of the Boston Foundation; Kelly Brilliant, Executive Director of the Fenway Alliance; Martin Zogran, Principal and urban planner at Sasaki Associates, and other cultural planning leaders to discuss how the evolving landscape of arts and culture is transforming Boston’s communities. Complimentary AD20/21 show  admission. 

Boston is home to two officially-designated “Cultural Districts,” with additional designations expected in the coming year. What makes these and other communities culturally vibrant? How do they express their unique cultural assets? What role do urban design professionals, art curators, presenting institutions, and funders play in the cultural life of a community?

Location: The Cyclorama at Boston Center For The Arts

Bulthaup Boston Open House: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Please join bulthaup and Gaggenau for an evening of wine, music, and the sumptuous food from renowned celebrity chef. Boston Design Week 2016 heralds new kitchen displays in our Boylston Street studio. Come raise a glass with us to good design, good food, and to our flourishing city of Boston, New England’s design destination! bulthaup is architecture, innovation, and precision; qualities you experience the moment you walk in our showroom door.

bulthaup’s signature kitchens are well known for their clean lines, ergonomic layout and precision German engineering and manufacturing – all of which are fundamental to creating timeless living spaces meant for cooking, communicating and enjoying life. What resonates with architects, designers and homeowners is that bulthaup kitchens feel just as inviting and comfortable on the first day of installation as they do throughout the lifetime of the home. bulthaup systems suit any aesthetic or environment and strike a perfect balance between the home’s architecture and the way one lives. Proprietary seamless interior components, premium wood veneers layered with aluminum and precision hardware are a few of the details that reflect the high level of craftsmanship associated with the bulthaup signature.

Location: Bulthaup Boston

Saturday April 9, 2016:

Open Studio: 10:00am - 1:00pm 

Design that Matters (DtM) is a nonprofit design studio that collaborates with leading social entrepreneurs and hundreds of volunteers to solve problems in global health for the poor in developing countries. DtM is recognized as an international leader in human-centered design. Visit our Open Studio to learn more about social impact design, DtM’s work in countries like Haiti, Uganda and Myanmar, and how products we’ve designed in Salem are now treating newborns in rural hospitals all over the world.

Location: Design that Matters

The Craft Economy: Sustaining Livelihoods and Neighborhoods: 2:00pm

Fabio Fernández, Executive Director of the Society of Arts and Crafts, leads a lively conversation with three members of Boston’s arts community. In this panel, we discuss the role that artists and entrepreneurs, non-profits and the City of Boston work together to foster the creative economy. Full-time craftsperson and foodie Jeremy Ogusky shares his experiences of being a potter, the rewarding relationships he has crafted with local restaurants, and the spirit of entrepreneurship that makes it all possible. Lorraine Johnson speaks to the mission of Artists for Humanity, which trains, employs, and mentors under-served teens through part-time employment in creating commissioned art projects. Sitting on the Board of Directors at Fort Point Arts Community, Jen Mecca is deeply involved with the City of Boston’s Boston Creates initiative and discusses the responsibilities of community leaders in ensuring support and advocacy for the arts.

Together, panelists and moderator will explore the workings of the creative economy, drawing from real-life examples that shed light on the challenges, successes, and values of the creative community today.

Jeremy Ogusky, Craftsperson
Lorrraine Johnson, Director of Programs Operations, Artists for Humanity
Jen Mecca, Board of Directors, Fort Point Arts Community
Moderated by Fabio Fernández 

Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

From 1960 to 1976, concrete was used by some of the world's most influential architects in the transformation of Boston including Marcel Breuer, Eduardo Catalano, Henry N. Cobb, Araldo Cossutta, Kallmann and McKinnell, Le Corbusier, I. M. Pei, Paul Rudolph, Josep Lluís Sert, and The Architects Collaborative—creating a vision for the city’s widespread revitalization under the banner of the “New Boston.”   Come and explore what some have coined “Brutalist” architecture, and the compelling story of a legacy Boston is just beginning to appreciate.  Complimentary AD20/21 show admission.  A book signing with the authors will follow.

Location: Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts

 Le bestiaire by Ionna Vautrin: Kids Workshop: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Using the creatures in Le bestiaire as inspiration, children will imagine their own creature on a blank costume. Devised by graphic designer Amélie Doistau and illustrator Tomoë Sugira, this design laboratory is inspired by the forms, colors and patterns of existing animals. Once all the animal reveries are down on paper, the carnival can begin: the beasts are unleashed! They roar, sing, meow, growl... They fly, swim, run, jump and pounce...

Imagined by French designer Ionna Vautrin, Le bestiaire is a collection of costumes that celebrates the animal kingdom, rousing the imaginations of young and old alike. An eclectic team of French artists applied their illustrative fantasies to create an imaginary zoo of abstract, unexpected and hyper realistic animals, from the very tame to the extremely wild.

Location: French Cultural Center
Kids & Adults, French Cultural Center Members: $10
Kids & Adults, General: $15

MassArt’s 27 Annual Benefit Art Auction: 6:30pm

Please join us for the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s 27th MassArt Auction. Proceeds of this spectacular night, featuring a live and silent auction, cocktails, and more, provide vital scholarship aid and academic program support for our deserving students. MassArt is the nation’s only independent public college of art and design and is dedicated to providing an exceptional and affordable education for the next generation of artists and designers. 

Location: Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Bakalar and Paine Galleries

Sunday April 10, 2016:

Historic Design: 10:00am - 4:00pm

In this one-day open house opportunity, immerse yourself in all things textile. Tour our exhibits, which are currently closed to the general public. Visit special exhibit Nature by Design, which highlights one of the earliest sources of design inspiration. Additionally, gain insight into fashion satire at the turn of the century with a lecture by Lasell professor Jill Carey at 2 p.m.

Exclusively for Boston Design Week guests, join us at 10:20 a.m. for a behind-the-scenes look at historic textile sample books with curator Karen Herbaugh. ATHM’s textile samples number in the millions, including woolen, worsted, cotton, silk, and synthetic textiles produced by hundreds of American manufacturers. This tour is first come, first served, and limited to 20 people. Please meet at the reception desk if you would like to join us.

Location: American Textile History Museum

Designing the Modern Green Home: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Circle Furniture in Boston is pleased to host a panel of green design experts including Brendan Shea, owner of Recover Green Roofs LLC, for a fascinating look at advanced eco-friendly “living” designs and their positive impact on more efficient, socially responsible residences.  Brendan is a designer and builder of “green roofs”, one of the more famous of which is the 7,000 square foot “rooftop farm” inside Fenway Park which provides 4,000 lbs. of organic produce annually.  However, the application of green roof concepts is not limited to century-old baseball stadiums.  Increasingly, private homes, commercial and institutional properties are adopting “green roof” designs, which can include vegetated roofs, rooftop farms, and even “living walls”, a novel approach to interior design which involves entire walls made of natural plantings.

 Additional guest speakers will provide tips on how to incorporate sustainable design for your interior space as well. Here’s a chance to learn about an innovative and unique “green” design approach that enhances efficiency and enjoyment while reducing adverse environmental impact. Refreshments will be served. $10 (All proceeds go t our charity partner, "A Bed for Every Child").

Location: Circle Furniture

Date: March 30 - April 10, 2016


 Massachusetts College Of Art, 621 Huntington street, Boston, MA 02115

Circle Furniture, 31 St James Ave, Boston, MA 02116

Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Bulthaup Boston, 200 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough Sreet, Boston, MA 02116

Skinner Auctioneers, 63 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

Wentworth Institute of Technology, 550 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Room and Board, 375 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115

VDA Productions, 63 Inner Belt Rd, Somerville, MA 02143

Boston Center For The Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

Perkins+Will, 225 Franklin Street, Boston, MA 02110

Neoscape, 23 Drydock Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

Ver-Tex, 263 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210

Microsoft Nerd Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

Autodesk, 23 Drydock Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

Marimekko Boston, 140 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

Clarke Luxury Showroom, 393 Fortune Blvd., Milford, MA 01757

Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Pompanoosuc Mills, 419 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Boston Design Center, 1 Design Center Place, Boston, MA 02210

Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210

Wolfers Lighting, 103 N Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02134
Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201

International Poster Gallery, 205 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

IL Decor Modern Furniture, 10 St James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Molteni and C, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Samuel Adams Brewery, 30 Germania St, Boston, MA 02130

Watch Factory, 183-241 Crescent Street, Waltham, MA 02453

Poggenpohl Kitchen Design Studio, 135 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing, 97 River Street, Beverly, MA 01915

SOWA Art & Design District, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Made In Fort Point, 315 A Street, Boston, MA 02210

BoConcept, 999 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Venegas and Company, 477 Harrison Ave, 2A, Boston, MA 02118

Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125

Boston Design Center, 1 Design Center Place, Boston, MA 02210

Boston Society Of Architects, 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

New England School of Art and Design, 10 Saint James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Artisan's Asylum Inc, 10 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA 02143

United Way, 145 Broadway Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

North Bennet Street School, 150 North Street, Boston, MA 02109

Wolfers Lighting, 103 N Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02134

Loring Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Mattapan Center For Life, 555 River Street, Mattapan, MA 02126

 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 142 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

Suffolk University Gallery, 75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116

Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Sasaki Associates, 64 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA 02471

Feinmann Inc, 27 Muzzey St, Lexington, MA 02421

The Shade Store, 116 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

Landry and Arcari Oriental Rugs and Carpeting, 333 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

IDB Makers Guild, 25 Drydock Avenue, Boston, MA 02110

Scandinavian Cultural Center, 206 Waltham Street, West Newton, MA 02465

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