Boston Design Market at the BDC

14 Min.

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Ready yourselves….Boston Design Market is almost here! Boston Design Market is the capstone event at the Boston Design Center. For two days, Boston Design Market brings more than 2,500 designers, architects, consumers, decorators, and students together to celebrate the best in interior design and furnishings. The event features keynote events, pop-up vendors, panel discussions, special guests, product launches, demonstrations, workshops, and more.

There are so many wonderful events happening during the Design Market, you could spend all day each day and still not run out of gorgeous things to see and interesting things to learn. But, in case you don’t have two full days to spend planning/dreaming about your next home project, here are the JF picks for Boston Design Market 2016.


1. Obviously, you should start your Design Market excursion by popping into Jewett Farms + Co. in suite 626 on the 6th floor. We will have sweet treats and be sampling Miele espresso to fortify you for the excitement ahead. We will also be offering our gorgeous handcrafted cutting boards at a very special BDC only price and we are collaborating with designers Barbara Bahr-Sheehan and Meredith Tomlin-Hillard from M-B Home once again with a fun window display. Also, enter to win two weekend passes for the Boston Home Decor Show coming up in November.


2. Boston Made & Friends Pop-up Market− BDC Suite 142
Boston Made & Friends Pop-up Market will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.on 10/5 and 10/6 and includes a special group of New England lifestyle and home goods makers and designers. Products include kitchen wares: handmade knives, ceramics, table linens and hand-carved spoons; home-decor: hand-died throw pillows, cloth goods, contemporary quilts and florals; gifts and lifestyle goods.


3. Explore the Market Stalls and Meet the Dealers− MARKET STALLS 2nd Floor.
At 3pm on 10/5 and 10/6 The Market Stalls invites you to explore its curated collection of high-quality antiques and meet the professionals that have sourced these rare finds from around the globe. Enjoy wine while you introduce yourself to the space, hear the stories surrounding these beautiful pieces, and tour three centuries of furniture, lighting, art, and curiosities.


4. Love It or Lose It: A Trends Forecasting Game Show− BDC
Co-hosts: New England Home and ID Boston magazines
Seminar Room, 5th Floor, Suite 548 RSVP
At 4pm on Wednesday October 5th An all-star panel of key designers, media, and design influencers participate in the BDC’s first ever trend- forecasting game show, “Love It Or Lose It.” Kyle Hoepner of New England Home and Chesie Breen of ID Boston will combine their editorial acumen to identify trends, presenting them to the panel in rapid succession. Each contestant will respond by flashing a double-sided placard reading “Love It” on one side and “Lose It” on the other. The fun begins when the votes are divided and contestants must defend their choice.
Alicia Adams – Alicia Adams Alpaca
Nina Campbell – World-renowned interior designer with a new fabric collection at Osborne & Little
Steven Favreau – Founder of Favreau Design and Stage Struck
Leslie Fine – Interior designer presented by M-Geough
Eric Haydel – Interior designer and ASID New England Chapter President
Lisa Pierpont – Editor-in-Chief of Boston Common
Rebecca Vizard – Antique textile designer and founder of B. Viz Design
Scot Mecham Wood – San Francisco designer and author of Adventures of Tartan Scot


5. Meet the Artists of New England Sculptors Association− NESA
Co-hosts: Boston Design Center
Galley West Annex, Suite 202
From 9am – 5pm 10/5 and 10/6 Meet the artists who created the contemporary sculptures in the exciting new exhibit, “Industrial Chic,” a collaboration between New England Sculptors Association and the BDC. Discuss the thoughts and designs artists use to visualize their works. Discover more about the wide variety of materials they use from elegant marble to funky found objects. Exchange ideas about the best ways to integrate sculpture into home, corporate, and garden settings.


6. Industrial Chic, A Collaborative Sculpture Exhibit with NESA− BDC
Co-hosts: New England Sculptors Association
BDC Courtyard, Entry Plazas along Drydock Avenue, and Galley West Annex (Suite 202)
“Industrial Chic,” a collaborative exhibit from the Boston Design Center and New England Sculptors Association, features captivating sculptures with soaring lines, sharp angles, and neon-bright colors at the entry courtyard of the BDC and entry plazas along Drydock Avenue. In the Galley West Annex, visitors can view an impressive array of sculptures with themes ranging from a contemplation of the human condition to the reimagining of found objects to create innovative new structures. Opens October 5 and runs through November 30, 2016.


7. Hutton Wilkinson presents Grand Decorating for the Way We Live Now− BDC
Co-hosts: Patterson Flynn Martin and Schumacher
Seminar Room, 5th Floor, Suite 548 RSVP
Grand Decorating for the Way We Live Now
At 10:30 am on Thursday October 6th. Hutton Wilkinson is one of the design world’s reigning masters of high style decorating. He first trained with and then became the business partner of the legendary Tony Duquette, and his gloriously maximalist interiors are revered for their refinement and relaxed, welcoming tone. Whimsy, drama, bold gestures, and precise details infuse everything he creates—from one-of-a-kind rooms to show-stopping jewelry to fabulous events to his new collection of rugs for Patterson Flynn Martin. Join him as he discusses how his passionate, exuberant approach to design is just right for the way we live today.
Reception at Patterson Flynn Martin/Schumacher, 5th Floor, Suite 529, to immediately follow the presentation.


8. From Alpaca designs to India Hicks handbags – there are also independent pop-ups throughout the BDC including B VIZ Design, Imports from Marrakesh and the Petite Eat Boutique. The pop-ups will be open both Wednesday 10/5 and Thursday 10/6.


The Boston Design Market website is your guide map to two days full of design immersion! Have fun – pace yourselves and if you need a pick me up along the way, we’ll be ready with chocolate and espresso to keep you going.

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