Boston, MA - The 12-day citywide design festival, Boston Design Week, returns for its sixth year March 27 – April 7, 2019 and again features a wide array of programs and events across the design spectrum. Many of this year’s events fall under four main tracks: “Designing Boston,” “Design and Social Impact,” “Professional Focus,” and “Bauhaus100.” All programs, events and exhibitions are Open to the Public and most are Free of charge, with RSVP. The full calendar of events is now online at www.BostonDesignWeek.com.
Boston Design Week launches Wednesday, March 27th with five kick-off events in five different locations. Join Landry and Arcari in the Back Bay for a buzz-building interior design social media influencers panel, or visit Artists for Humanity in Fort Point as they host their March “Open Studios,” where you can network with local professionals, witness live art-making and be inspired by their creative studios. 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 28th. System 7 and Wolfers Inc. 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 hosts a lecture regarding the current trends in Modern New England home and interior design aesthetic. Or if you’re in the Back Bay, join Gallery NAGA for a panel talk discussing the role of art in elevating the feel of a room.
Both sustainable and high fashion will be on the festival’s roster. The School of Fashion Design will host an Open House at their Back Bay location. Serenella presents 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 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.
Two of many events being held in the Back Bay, the Boston Architectural College and BUTZ + KLUG host events related to our “Design and Social Impact” track. Geared towards the future, the Boston Architectural College hosts 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 focuses on the “Aesthetics of Sustainability” and the importance of making human experience the focus of architectural design.
The Boston Design Center and the Innovation + Design Building host a number of events throughout the week. On Wednesday, April 3rd, three events to watch include: IFDA New England will host a lecture about the versatility of applications of Design Thinking, specifically with regards to business growth. Later, designSkim’s panel of women in design entrepreneurship discusses how to use the many online platforms to develop your business. Welcome New York Times best-selling author, Erin Gates as she discusses her new book, Elements of Family Style, full of her signature honest advice on how to cultivate a stylish and tasteful home amid the wonderful chaos of family life. Come experience "Women in Luxury," a unique panel on the success stories, keys to creative confidence, and skills and strategies of some of design's most successful women.
On April 4th, join Boston Design Week organizers for a Special Boston Design Week Event where we host the recipient of the 2019 Boston Design Week Lifetime Achievement Award: Roger Thomas, EVP of Design for Wynn Design and Development. Mr. Thomas is best known for his iconic interiors at the Bellagio, the Mirage, Wynn Las Vegas, and numerous others. His current project is the Encore Boston Harbor, scheduled to open in June 2019. Come and hear his views on luxury design and the challenges he sees ahead while he shows his recent work for Wynn Palace Cotai, a $4.5 billion luxe design opportunity.
In the Innovation and Design building you can find technology-related events from Neoscape and Autodesk. Neoscape leads an immersive workshop titled “Show Don’t Tell- New Ways to Use Immersive Experiences.” The workshop will focus on how innovations in technology are transforming the way we tell stories. If you’re more into the technical side of design, Autodesk is hosting an evening of networking and exploration at the Innovation and Design building to discuss and challenge the narrow definition of design.
Thirty-one organizations, colleges, museums, and the City of Boston serve 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, Scandinavian Cultural Center, MFA Boston, and others.
Design Week culminates with the Boston Design Week Design Awards. The April 5th event will be held at Artist for Humanity’s stunning new gallery at the EpiCenter. Multiple awards are to be announced, including the Mentor of the Year, the Newcomer of the Year, and the Social Impact Award. The 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Roger Thomas, Executive Vice President of Design, Wynn Design and Development, and Principal, The Roger Thomas Collection. Attendees will enjoy fine food, live music, wine & beer, special displays, and “Dancing with the Designers.”
All Boston Design Week programs are open to the public, and most are free of charge, but many do require an RSVP to attend. For more information or to receive the Boston Design Week newsletter and calendar of events, visit www.BostonDesignWeek.com. Follow along on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bostondesignweek , Twitter @BosDesignWeek, or Instagram @BostonDesignWeek.
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