Boston Design Week starts today, and this 10-day event is a whirlwind of all things aesthetic. From architecture, to landscape, to art and interior design, to jewelry and environmental design, all aspects of things that are creatable is covered.
The entire series of events (the full calendar can be found here) is slightly difficult to navigate, so we went ahead and plucked a few of the most interesting and innovative events that highlight local artists and other awesome ways the city is incorporating design into its fabrication in a variety of ways.
March 21, 7 to 10 p.m. and March 28, 1 to 5 p.m.; Artisan’s Asylum
Ever wanted to make something you designed yourself? Learn to weld or use woodworking tools, make jewelry, make furniture, make a robot? Have you heard about the Artisan’s Asylum, but haven’t had a chance to stop by? Well now’s your chance to check it out! Come see our shops in action, meet cool local makers, artists, and entrepreneurs, and find out what the buzz is all about.
March 21, 8 p.m. to midnight; Brighton Music Hall
Music and style collide on the Brighton Music Hall stage at the 11th Annual Rock the Village, presented by Allston Village Main Streets. Highlights of the evening include a fashion show featuring local designers and three local music acts, as well as the Future Main Street designer trunk sale. Experience the art, music, and fashion of Boston’s youngest neighborhood. Please RSVP. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
March 22, 7 to 9 p.m.; Room 68
Kick off Boston Design week with Room 68 and some of their favorite local designers. The store will be filled with new designs from near and far. Select Boston designers will speak about their local roots and latest projects. Room 68 owners, Eric Portnoy and Brent Refsland will also talk about the process of building a design store and the exciting launch of their new location in Provincetown, opening this May.
March 24, 6 to 6:35 p.m.; Mass College of Art and Design
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. Don’t miss it!
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.
March 26, 2 to 6 p.m.; Newbury School of Fashion Design
In celebration of its 80th anniversary and the first annual Boston Design Week, the School of Fashion Design presents INSIDE FASHION. Guests are invited to visit the school for an insider’s look into the world of fashion design. Jay Calderin, Founder of Boston Fashion Week, author, and instructor at SFD will be joined by a team comprised of current School of Fashion Design students and recent graduates to share their understanding and appreciation of the process of designing fashion.
March 26, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Environments at Work
Explore the world of chocolate, wine and design by attending a design your own chocolates & wine pairing workshop guided by a master chocolatier.
It’s sure to be a treat!
In this workshop, each participant will create and take away their own designed box of chocolates and hopefully a new appreciation for the art of chocolate.
March 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; M-Geough Showroom #410 at the Boston Design Center
Our design pros are members of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA). These experts are members of the only all-industry association whose members provide services and products to the furnishings and design industry. IFDA New England’s members are individuals and companies professionally engaged in the design, production, distribution, promotion, communication or education in furnishings and design and/or related industries. IFDA began in 1947 in New York City and has grown into 16 chapters across the US and in Japan; IFDA New England is the largest chapter, with over 130 professional, associate and student members. Member events are hosted throughout the year, providing educational content, as well as networking and social opportunities to connect with other members. Please RSVP.
March 27, 6 to 8 p.m.; BSA Space
Architectural photography chronicles transformation in the urban environment. As Boston grows and changes, photography becomes one of the historical documentations of what once existed, illustrating the process, scale, and cultural changes to the built fabric. In the digital age, the audience for photos is limitless.
March 28, 6 to 8 p.m.; The Society of Arts and Crafts
On Friday, March 28th from 6-8pm the SAC’s exhibit gallery will be open to one and all for a special reception featuring the work of Jessica Calderwood. Floral Fictions: Recent Work by Jessica Calderwood is one of four exhibitions held annually promoting work of established and emerging artists dedicated to interesting and fine craftsmanship. Located at 175 Newbury St. the Society of Arts and Crafts is nestled in the gallery district of Boston’s historic Back Bay.
March 29; 5 to 8 p.m.; Exclusive Jewels
Make sure you learn about Tinguely Bijoux by Marsha Tinguely Perreault while she is fresh to the jewelry scene. Based in Boston but her pieces will not stay here for long. Please RSVP