By Margo Roberts
For 12 insightful, inquisitive, and anticipatory days, Boston’s citywide design festival will attract creative types along with decorators and homeowners for what is the most comprehensive design event of its kind.
This year, the string of events and programs will stretch across town from April 4–April 15, and will again feature forward-thinking programs and top-notch events across the design spectrum.
This year’s theme, “Now, New, Next!” highlights current, new, and future design in all of the creative arenas.
Following last year’s success, Boston Design Week expects to host more than 70 participants, offer 80-plus events, and host in the vicinity of 12,000 guests. This one-of-a-kind effort spans 13 neighborhoods and 14 individual cities and towns that make up the Greater Boston community.
This year’s program of events launches on Wednesday, April 4 with the opening of five exciting kickoff venues—in five different locations.
Room & Board will open up their doors at their Back Bay showroom; the Museum of Fine Arts is hosting the Fenway experience; and to the west, the new MetroWest Design Center in Ashland—with 10 participating showrooms—is inviting attendees to explore their offerings.
On Thursday, April 5, the MITX DesignTech Summit presents leading industry experts to discuss design thinking and principles. The Society of Arts and Crafts hosts MassArt professor Ezra Shales as he launches his book and ceramics.
Friday, April 6, BDW teams up with SoWa to present “First Friday” with dozens of design studios, galleries, and individual artists opening their doors for the evening. Here is an exquisite opportunity to turn socializing, shopping, and dinner into one joyous experience.
Saturday, April 7, the Scandinavian Cultural Center screens Big Time, a film that follows star architect Bjarke Ingels as he struggles to complete his most challenging projects yet: the New York skyscraper W57 and 2 World Trade Center.
Then, Jason Chase, the first artist in the world to use Singularity Black—the blackest paint in the world—will debut his new projects April 14. This review is only a small sample of the calendar; additional BDW events can be found in a wide variety of organizations, schools, and museums which serve as non-profit partners for this annual event.
Design Week culminates with ever-famous AD20/21 HOME & Boston Print Fair. The four-day show and sale begin with an April 12 Gala Preview and Opening Night to benefit the American Society of Interior Designers New England Chapter (ASIDNE) Scholarship Fund. Gala attendees will enjoy fine food, live music, wine, and beer, and be the first to see and shop the show. For information or reservations, visit AD2021Home.com.
This year’s exhibitors include contemporary print dealers and publishers Stewart & Stewart (MI). Martha Richardson (MA) returns with a selection of high-end American art and sculpture, and Robert Klein Gallery (MA) will participate for the first time with a variety of 19th- and 20th-century photos as well as contemporary work.
Custom furniture exhibitors joining the show are City Joinery (MA), Steven Postma, and Hopes Woodshop. Other furniture exhibitors include Thos. Moser (MA & ME) and Dowel Furniture (NY) which will introduce a new line of furniture by Boston designer Duncan Hughes.
New for 2018 is Gold Sponsor Duxiana, showcasing high-end bedding and mid-century modern furnishings from Glen Leroux Antiques (MA) and Mod20 (MA).
For information regarding Gala tickets or dates and time of the show, go to AD2021Home.com.
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 bostondesignweek.com.