Our Guide to Boston Design Week

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With Boston Design Week kicking off, we wanted to highlight a few of our favorite events going on throughout the city and the best little spots around them if you’re looking for dinner afterward, or great latte beforehand. We compiled free events (none of which are sold out at time of publishing) that are perfect for both the design-intrigued or a design-expert.

Our own event Then & Now is April 3rd from 6-9 pm, but we’ll get more into that in a bit!

Our guide to boston design week

Building your Happy Home: Trust and Fear in Construction

Photographer: Greg Premru Photography

April 1st

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

A packed panel including our friends at LDa, who you may remember from their incredible Milton project we featured, is aiming to debunk some of the common mental roadblocks when it comes to tackling renovations, beyond just the technical components, this presentation and discussion is posed to uncover some truths about design and construction that will be helpful to homeowners or anyone working in the design field.

Where: Scavolini Showroom
Boston Design Center 1 Design Center Place, Ste. 634
Boston, Massachusetts

Bites or brews: Our friends at Flour have a location right on Drydock Ave, so we’d scoop up their homemade raspberry seltzer and a quick treat if we were you.

Decades Vintage: A Night of Conversation, Book Signing and Pop-up Shop with Cameron Silver

April 2nd

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Serenella (the iconic Newbury St boutique) is hosting an event with Cameron Silver, author of Decades: A Century of Fashion. Cameron was named one of Time Magazine’s 25 most influential names and forces in Fashion and is the owner of Decades, the legendary L.A. boutique.

What more could you want than to sip wine, listen to Cameron’s insight, and shop a specially curated selection of designer goods, featuring Valentino, Chanel, YSL, Alexander McQueen, and Versace!

Where: Marc Hall Design
91 Wareham Street, Boston, MA 02118

Bites or Brews: For some of the best falafel in the city and a frequented lunch place for us, Pita is right around the corner. Or for some late night dinner, Gaslight never disappoints.

Then & Now 

April 3rd

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

This year we really wanted to illustrate how authentic and original design lasts and spans decades because of its craftsmanship and ingenuity. We’ll be exploring the timelessness of iconic designs by comparing vintage pieces to their modern-day counterparts from designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, and Lucian Ercolani. It will be an immersive, visual experience of their legacies (with plenty of sips and snacks).

RSVP with us here to let us know you’re coming!

Where: Lekker Showroom (1313 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118)

Bites and Brews: Myers and Chang, all day, every day. Black Pepper Shanghai noodles are calling your name …

Design Takes on Cancer

April 4th

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

In WeWork’s very cool space in the West End, the Biden Cancer Initiative, Institute for Human Centered Design, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute will take a close look at living experience for people with cancer – at home, at work, and in their general day-to-day. The focus will be to discuss practical problem-solving and catalyzing design innovation that responds to the physical and sensory onslaught of those in cancer treatment and recovery.

Those passionate about functional design and taking design beyond aesthetics, don’t miss this invaluable conversation.

Where: WeWork
200 Portland Street, 5th Fl
Boston, MA 02114

Bites and Brews: We’d head over to Boston Public Market and get a smorgasbord of donuts from Red Apple Farm, a smoothie from Mother Juice, and a bowl from Bon Me.

Frederick Olmsted Tours

April 6th

Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

If you’ve ever reveled in urban parks throughout the US you have Olmsted to thank. He’s responsible for the landscape design of Central Park, the entire Emerald Necklace, Stanford University, and the US Capitol … just to name a few of his incredible projects. Olmsted is considered the father of landscape architecture and on the 6th you can explore his home and office, along with endless original archival material illustrating his firms work.

Where: 99 Warren Street, Brookline, MA 02445

Bites and Brews: Our South End neighbor Orinoco has an outpost in Brookline Village if you want to make a night out of it with mouthwatering Venezuelan food.

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