Annual Boston Design Week opens March 25

The 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez: a master furniture maker and President Emeritus of the North Bennet Street School.

It’s time to find out the latest trends in design. The seventh annual Boston Design Week returns March 25 – April 5.

This 12-day citywide festival offers more than 80 events. All Boston Design Week programs, events and exhibitions are open to the public and most are free with RSVP.

Festival organizers expect more than 15,000 attendees from the Boston area and beyond to attend.

The full calendar of events goes live on March 1st at

This year’s programs offer people design insight through the lens of architecture and urban planning, design with social impact including climate change and sustainability, professional development and artisanal design - all of which are program tracks that can be followed on the festival’s website.

This year, Boston Design Week has been selected to host The World Design Weeks Forum, a special conference within the 12-day festival. Representatives of Design Weeks and design festivals in The Netherlands, Mumbai, San Francisco, Kansas City and more will come together for the forum.

Boston Design Week launches on Wednesday, March 25 with four kick-off events in the Back Bay, Seaport, Brighton and South Boston. Landry and Arcari Rugs and Carpeting gathers New England’s most established design firm principals for a panel discussion about their paths to success in design.

Experience the mission of Artists for Humanity at their open studios in South Boston. This is a chance to tour the creative studios and view fine art crafted by the innovative youth of Boston.

Darius Arya, an archaeologist and host of PBS’s “Ancient Invisible Cities, will speak on the design of ancient cities such as Rome and Venice as well as Boston in the 21st century at WGBH Studios in Brighton.

Design Week extends beyond Boston into neighboring towns and cities. Events take place at Splash and the Scandinavian Cultural Center in Newton. Other events in neighboring cities and towns include Sigma Design Center (Wakefield), Artisan’s Asylum (Somerville), Digital Silver (Belmont), and Roma and York (at Lucia Lighting in Lynn), among others. Cabot House (Framingham) will host an event at their flagship store in Framingham with noted New York designers Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller of Carrier and Company, launching their new line of furniture for Century Furniture.

Guests will find a wide array of events at the Boston Design Center in the Seaport district. Join Boston Design Week in celebrating the opening of three new showrooms at the Design Center. Among the events, Brown Jordan, a luxury outdoor furnishings company, is bringing Chief Brand Curator Stephen Elton and special guests for a panel discussion. People can also accompany Holly Hunt founders Christian and Heidi Batteau as they debut their space and highlight the art of Assemblage wallcovering. Attendees can also discover the artistry behind custom Italian-crafted kitchen and bath design at Scavolini.

The Word Design Week Forum will help lay the groundwork for increasing international participation in Design Week in the future. Join design innovators and educators as they share their experiences and discuss the contributions of design to the world and our lives.

The heart of programing for this year’s World Design Week Forum falls on April 2 – April 3 and all events are open to the public.

Both delegates and the public are invited to sign up for a private tour of the PTC future-forward Corporate Experience Center (CXC). Margulies Perruzzi, the architectural firm that designed the CTC, hosts the tour. Guest will be able to engage with virtual reality demonstrations within the technology-rich space and discuss the design process along the tour.

This is also a time to recognize leadership and talent within the design community at the Boston Design Week Awards, co-sponsored by Artists for Humanity. The 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez: a master furniture maker and President Emeritus of the North Bennet Street School.

The Producers Choice Award will be presented to The Society of Arts and Crafts. Nominations are open until March 15 for three other awards: Mentor of the Year, co-sponsored by the Over My Shoulder Foundation; Innovator of the Year and the Social Impact Award.

Selected nominees are invited to attend the event at the Artist for Humanity Epicenter in Boston from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3rd. For tickets and information visit

A multitude of colleges and universities are participating in this year's festival. Scout, Northeastern University’s entirely student-led design studio, is hosting “Interventions: Trailblazers,” an all-day conference consisting of lectures, panels and workshops within thought leaders from the design community.

Suffolk University is presenting the Sustainable Design Fair that features representatives from organizations championing sustainable materials and products.

Other academic institutions participating in this year’s event include the Wentworth Institute of Technology, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston Architectural College, MIT List Visual Arts Center, North Bennet Street School and Lesley Art +Design.

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