March 2015

Celebrate Boston Design Week with Us


Boston Design Week is a 10-day, city-wide festival that seeks to increase awareness and appreciation of design, foster recognition of the vital role design plays in our lives, and bring new audiences to design industries and organizations. The Boston Design Center at the Innovation and Design Building is pleased to once again sponsor Boston Design Week. 

For the full list of scheduled events, visit

Mix and mingle with industry peers and partners at one or more of these exciting events.

IDB Ideas: What It Means to Be a Maker in the Digital Age

Engage in thoughtful conversation with innovation community leaders from in- and outside the IDB

March 19 | 6:00 p.m. | MassChallenge | 23 Drydock Avenue, 6th Floor

Design Showdown with Design New England

Design students battle for a career jumpstart in a Shark Tank-style competition

March 20 | 6:00 p.m. | Boston Design Center | Fifth Floor Seminar Room

Designing the Next Generation: The Give and Take of Mentoring

Panel discussion on the power of mentorship hosted by M-Geogh

March 23 | 2:30 p.m. | Boston Design Center | Fifth Floor Seminar Room

Decorating: The Way I See It with Markham Roberts

Designer Markham Roberts gives an exclusive presentation on his design process

March 24 | 11:00 a.m. | Boston Design Center | Fifth Floor Seminar Room

Boston Design Center Open House

After enjoying the Markham Roberts presentation, peruse new products at the Boston Design Center showrooms. 

March 24 | 1:00 p.m. | Boston Design Center

Best Places to Live Launch with Boston Home Magazine

Boston magazine brings home design aficionados together for a panel on home renovation

March 25 | 6:00 p.m. | Boston Design Center | Second Floor Galley West

Why Stories Matter

Neoscape examines traditional elements of storytelling and explores how they can shape marketing campaigns

March 26 | 3:00 p.m. | Neoscape | 23 Drydock Avenue, 5th Floor

Making: The (Hands-on) Opening of the Makers Guild at the IDB

Share your appreciation for the art of making and learn what the high-end maker community is all about

March 27 | 5:30 p.m. | IDB Makers Guild | 25 Drydock Avenue, 2nd Floor

February 2015

Jamestown Announces Four New Showrooms to the BDC


We're excited to have four new showrooms in the building, including Christopher PeacockJewett Farms + Co., Downsview Kitchens, and JD Staron GalleriesHigh-Profile featured each of these exciting additions to the BDC. Read more here

February 2015

Steve Nobel visits the BDC


On Wednesday, February 11, Steve Nobel presents "Meta-Marketing: Pricing, Contracting, and Other Compelling Advantages." Join us at 11:00 a.m. for Steve's national perspective on the power of loyalty, relationships, and referrals as sustainable forces throughout the interior design market. 

Steve will also be at the Design Center on Thursday, February 12, for ASID's Accelerate Studio on business strategies. This exclusive all-day workshop was created with residential designers and small business owners in mind. It will feature six Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC)-approved sessions that focus on topics to help interior designers build successful, sustainable businesses. Attendees can participate in the full-day program or choose sessions a la carte. All session attendees will receive a free workbook to guide them through the "cycle of success" process. 

For more information on "Meta-Marketing" and ASID Accelerate Studio, visit our events calendar

February 2015

New BDC design seminar series videos


Looking for some design inspiration? The Boston Design Center just uploaded a new collection of videos from our talk with Chuck Chewning on the renovation of the Gritti Palace in Venice, and all of our keynote seminars from Boston Design Market 2014. You can view all of them in our Video Gallery

November 2014

Barry Dixon to give talk at the BDC


Join us on Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. with Barry Dixon Inc. for a seminar on "Color and Material Culture," presented with C2 Paint. A reception will be held at the Ailanthus showroom following the talk. For more info and to RSVP, visit our events calendar.

November 2014

ArtLifting Exhibit at the IDB


The newest IDB exhibit is here: MassChallenge 2014 grad ArtLifting is now in suite 144 at the Boston Design Center. ArtLifting showcases incredible artwork from local homeless and disabled artists. Stop by weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more about ArtLifting and its mission here.

November 2014

Boston Magazine names Grange's ArtLifting exhibit "Art Sale to Visit Before 2015"


Boston Magazine named Grange Furniture Inc's ArtLifting exhibit the "Art Sale to Visit Before 2015." 35 incredible pieces from local homeless and disabled are on display in Grange's Boston showroom until the end of the year. Read more here

November 2014

Announcing the Pin to Win contest grand prize winner


Congratulations to the grand prize winner of our Boston Design Market Pin to Win contest, Barbara Hirsch. Her beautiful Trends 2015 pin board was selected by Editor-in-Chief of ID Boston Magazine, Chesie Breen. Hirsch won the Delano Wood Chair from Duralee and also was selected randomly beforehand for the Allstone book prize. Hirsch is a local interior designer and a familiar face at the BDC; you can view her winning board here.

October 2014

Boston Design Market digital timeline


As Boston Design Market winds down on the last day, we are so excited to share a digital timeline of the week. Thank you all for celebrating with us, and we hope you enjoy our favorite memories from Boston Design Market. 

September 2014

RSVP now: Boston Design Market 2014


The Boston Design Center is proud to share its reimagined capstone event, Boston Design Market;

Experience two full-days of design immersion on October 1 and 2, 2014

Special appearances by Nina Campbell, interior designer and author of “Interiors” and David Kleinberg, interior designer and author of “Traditional Now,” alongside Hearst Design Group's Editorial Director, Newell Turner.  An intimate reception and author signing will follow in the Janus et Cie showroom

Panel discussions with national and local design thought leaders, including Alex Papachristidis, interior designer and author of “Timeless Elegance”; Jane Scott Hodges, founder of Leontine Linens; Gary McBournie, interior designer and author of “Living Color”; Charlotte Barnes, owner of Charlotte Barnes Design and Decoration LLC; and more

Discover Trends 2015 with Chesie Breen, Editor-in-Chief of ID Boston Magazine, and the launch of ID Boston Issue Two

Explore 100 in-showroom events, book signings, product launches, open houses, and more

Tour our premiere designer trunk show from September 29 to October 3, 2014

Dine at our premiere pop-up luncheon, a one-of-a-kind dining experience in the second floor west wing tea room space. Capers Catering will be bringing progressive food concepts, curated especially for Boston Design Market. To attend this lunch event, you must purchase tickets from the Eventbrite page. These tickets will allow you to attend the pop-up luncheon for the days you purchase. After you purchase the ticket(s), you will be redirected to Sched, where you can choose to dine at noon or 1 p.m. each day.

To register, RSVP through our Eventbrite page and start building your digital schedule here.