The Second Annual Boston Design Week takes place from March 19 to 29, with events taking place throughout the city and its suburbs. Beginning with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 10th-annual awards gala at the Moakley Courthouse on Thursday, March 19, the city will host more than 80 design events, competitions, exhibitions and speakers over the 10-day festival.
Most events are free of charge; all are open to the public. However, many may have limited space available and require a reservation.
The festival strives to draw attention to the fact that “good design has the power…to make our lives better, and impart a profound sense of well-being.”
Boston Design Week partners with 25 non-profit organizations, including ASID, Boston Society of Architects (BSA), Design Museum Boston, International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. These organizations, and others, will offer programs, exhibitions, workshops and open houses.
Some highlights include Celebrating Art & Design In & Around Sudbury on Saturday, March 21, where local designers will present their work. Celebrity designer Steven Favreau will present Refresh: Design Intervention at Ink Block on Sunday, March 22, a live makeover event in Boston’s South End. Sunday, March 29 will feature the Concluding Design Week Forum, Made In the Future, with Matt Weiss of IDEO at The Cyclorama. Weiss will discuss how new innovations have altered processes of design, manufacture and distribution, and what is on the horizon.
Boston Design Week also features showroom events in the Back Bay Design District, the Boston Print Fair and AD20/21: Art & Design of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Back Bay Design District Events run from March 19 to March 29 and include open houses and speakers in showrooms in Park Square and Newbury Street. Participating Showrooms include Christofle, Landry & Arcari, Marcoz Antiques, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Poggenpohl Boston. AD20/21 and The Boston Print Fair runs from March 26 to 29. The eighth-annual show and sale features 50 exhibitors of contemporary fine art, jewelry, contemporary studio furniture and more.
It all begins with the Gala Preview on March 26, which will celebrate Boston Design Week. Also at the Gala Preview: the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to architecture critic Robert Campbell.
A complete list of events and RSVP information can be found online.