One of the great things about Boston Design Week is that all of the programs, events and exhibitions are open to the public and most are free of charge with an RSVP.
Boston Design Week is back for its sixth big year, filled with a wide array of programs and events that cover a wide spectrum of everything you need to know about the latest trends.
One of the great things about Boston Design Week is that all of the programs, events and exhibitions are open to the public and most are free of charge with an RSVP. Another great detail is that this event actually runs much longer than a week – it’s really a 12-day citywide festival that begins on March 27 and goes through April 7.
This year’s festival is divided into four main tracks: “Designing Boston,” “Design and Social Impact,” “Professional Focus” and “Bauhaus100.”
Boston Design Week will kick-off on Wednesday, March 27 with five exciting events in five different locations. Among these opening day offerings, you can join a panel discussion in the Back Bay with some of New England’s buzz-building interior designer social media influencers moderated by Kevin O’Connor from This Old House. Visit the open studios at “Artists for Humanity” in Fort Point where you can witness live art-making, be inspired by creative teens and other artists and network with local professionals. And journey over to the South End to discuss the concept of “sustainable luxury” with ARTEFACT Home. All kick-off events are free.
Three events related to interior design will take place on Thursday, March 28. System 7 and Wolfers will be hosting an event at the Boston Design Center for those interested in the advantages of human-centric lighting. In the Seaport, 7 Tide will present current trends in modern New England home and interior design aesthetic. Join Gallery NAGA in the Back Bay for a lively discussion on the role of art in elevating the feel of a room.
Both sustainable and high fashion is on the festival’s roster throughout the week. The School of Fashion Design will host a fabulous open house at their Back Bay location. Serenella will present a trunk show and book signing with author Cameron Silver, taking place at Marc Hall Design in the South End.
In the Fenway, MassArt’s Fashion Design and Industrial Design departments will host Stuart Weitzman as he discusses his footwear design experience – from designing for and running his father’s footwear company, to becoming the founder of his unique shoe company.
Among the many programs being held in the Back Bay, the Boston Architectural College and BUTZ + KLUG will be hosting two events related to the “Design and Social Impact” track.
Geared towards the future, the Boston Architectural College will present a lecture on “Undesign the Redline” – addressing the systemic issues with redlining districts and how their design influences systemic inequalities in housing, education, income and more.
BUTZ & KLUG will focus on the “Aesthetics of Sustainability” and the importance of making human experience the focus of architectural design.
Four events to attend on Wednesday, April 3, include a lecture hosted by IFDA New England about the versatility of applications of Design Thinking, specifically with regards to business growth.
Later, designSkim’s panel of women in design entrepreneurship will discuss how to use the many online platforms to develop your business. New York Times best-selling author Erin Gates will share her signature honest advice on how to cultivate a stylish and tasteful home amid the wonderful chaos of family life as depicted in her new book, Elements of Family Style. Everyone is welcome to attend a panel of remarkable women who will share their career success stories, keys to creative confidence plus skills and strategies to succeed as well as issues facing women in design.
On April 4, Boston Design Week presents Roger Thomas, Executive Vice President of Design for Wynn Design and Development, best known for his iconic interiors at the Bellagio, the Mirage, Wynn Las Vegas and numerous well-known places. His current project is the Encore Boston Harbor, scheduled to open this June. Thomas will talk about his views on luxury design and the challenges he sees ahead while he showcases his recent work for Wynn Palace Cotai, a $4.5 billion luxe design treasure.
In the Innovation and Design building, people will find technology-related events from Neoscape and Autodesk. Neoscape will lead an immersive workshop titled, “Show Don’t Tell – New Ways to Use Immersive Experiences.” This workshop will focus on how innovations in technology are transforming the way we tell stories. For those more into the technical side of design, Autodesk is hosting an evening of networking and exploration to discuss and challenge the narrow definition of design.
Thirty-one organizations, colleges, museums and the City of Boston are serving as Non-Profit Partners for Boston Design Week. These include AIGA Boston Chapter, ASID New England, the Boston Preservation Alliance, Design Museum Boston, Designers Lighting Forum, Fenway Alliance, Institute for Human Centered Design, Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, the Scandinavian Cultural Center and the MFA Boston, among others.
Design Week culminates with the Boston Design Week Design Awards. The April 5th event will be held at Artist for Humanity’s beautiful EpiCenter gallery where multiple awards will be announced. In addition to the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award being presented to Roger Thomas, there will also be awards presented to the Mentor of the Year, the Newcomer of the Year and the Social Impact Award. Attendees will enjoy fine food, live music, wine and beer, special displays and "Dancing with the Designers."
For more information or to receive the Boston Design Week newsletter and complete calendar of events, visit www.BostonDesignWeek.com. Follow along on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bostondesignweek, Twitter @BosDesignWeek, or Instagram @BostonDesignWeek.