Boston Design Week Pt. 1


Those of you in the Boston area should be aware that we're right in the middle of Boston Design Week! It began on March 20th, with daily events through the 30th, and if you take a look through the events they have planned, there seems to be something for everyone. To save you some time, we looked through the rest of the week to see what's coming up that is a maybe- or a must-see (though it was tough to choose!) and put them here for your benefit. Though we missed the beginning of the week, we'll suggest some things coming up in the next few days, and later this week we'll suggest a few more. If you attend anything, let us know! We'd love to hear if our recommendations were solid. In chronological order:

1) Industrial Revulation: Re-purposing - Residential, Restaurants, Retail...& Refreshments!

Restoration Resources - Please RSVP
6:00-8:00pm // March 24 // 1946 Washington St.


Join Brendan Haley of B Haley Designs at Restoration Resources in Boston's historical South End for light refreshments, while participating in this creative workshop and presentation to create your own Industrial Revulation on the spot! Brainstorm with Brendan and fellow workshop attendees on several ways to creatively re-purpose a salvaged piece. Formulate the steps to bring your piece from a simple idea into reality.

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2) How Boston Designers Changed the World

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
6:00-7:00pm // March 24 // Tower Auditorium, 621 Huntington Ave.

This fascinating 35-minute lecture illustrated with historical images and objects demonstrates that Boston-based designers instigated major changes in sustainable transportation, civil rights, apparel, tools, communication, science, filmmaking, military equipment, corporate identity, education, illustration, and the preservation of globally significant cultural treasures. Some of the design work covered: GM's first electric car, color of frozen French fries, U.S. combat helmet, political cartoons leading to the 19th Amendment, Paul Revere Monument, Wizard-of-Oz special effects, and wrap-around sunglasses. Discussion to follow.

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3) A Touch of Hue

Circle Furniture - Please RSVP
6:00-8:00pm // March 25 // 31 St. James Ave.


Come join us for A Touch of Hue, celebrating color! Guest speaker Lisa Teague, founder of Quiet Home Paints, will talk about the importance of color and how to manipulate the eye through the use of color. Enjoy cocktails and delicious nibbles at our Boston showroom. Lisa Teague has over 25 years of industry experience working with color and designing beautiful spaces. Her work can be seen in various publications including Elle Decor, Country Living, and NH Home.

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4) About the Process: The Production and Design Process of the TV series, This Old House

Boston Architectural College & This Old House
6:00-7:30pm // March 25 // "The Beehive" in the BAC Hall // 951 Boylston St.


Join Deborah Hood, Series Senior Producer, and Christine Tuttle, Interior Designer on the 2014 This Old House project. Millions of viewers turn to This Old House for expert advice on home improvement and remodeling. Go behind the scenes at this program through a short video followed by a lively and engaging Question & Answer period. Through its popular PBS series, This Old House follows remodeling projects of houses over a number of weeks. Along with the This Old House magazine and website, the series connects you with the latest information, tips and tools. Reception to follow.

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5) Art and Design as a Practical Social Action

Boston APP/Lab - Please RSVP
6:30-8:00pm // March 25 // Boston Society of Architects // 290 Congress St. #200

Continuing its mission to provide a laboratory, or "maker's space," for new strategies, process, and collaborations to invigorate art in Greater Boston's public spaces, this session will hone in on art and design as key elements of the Boston region's innovation economy; and an equally critical component of both enterprise and community-building. The session will itself represent a collaboration with Artists for humanity, as we examine AFH's model for integrating art, design, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

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6) From Finland with Love: Marimekko in America, Past & Present

Scandanavian Cultural Center - Please RSVP to
7:00-8:30pm // March 25 // 206 Waltham St., West Newton, MA

In the summer of 1959, Marimekko designs were introduced to the American market through an exhibition at Design Research (D/R), the innovative Cambridge home furnishings store founded by architect Benjamin Thompson. Marimekko fabrics and their dresses, dubbed a “uniform for intellectuals,” went on to enjoy phenomenal success in the U.S. (especially in the Boston area) over the next 20 years. Now, having recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, Marimekko is once again bursting onto the American scene, introducing new designers while continuing to make use of its rich archive of “classic” designs. In this informal program Susan Ward will discuss the history of Marimekko, D/R, and the local context, from the 1950s to the present.

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