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The Boston Design Center will present Boston Design Market on Wednesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the center located in Boston’s Seaport District. Boston Design Market is the capstone event at the Boston Design Center, the region’s preeminent luxury furnishings destination. For two days, Boston Design Market brings more than 2,500 designers, architects, luxury consumers, decorators and students together to celebrate the best in interior design and furnishings. The event features keynote presentations, pop-up vendors, panel discussions, special guests, product launches, demonstrations, workshops and more. The event is complimentary and open to the public.

“Boston Design Market is an unparalleled experience for designers, students and the general public,” explains Kristan McLaughlin of the Boston Design Center, “It is a complimentary two day open house here at the Boston Design Center featuring the world’s top minds discussing trends, materials, advances and the future of design. It is simply an event not to be missed by anyone interested in design and innovation.”


Wednesday, October 11, 2017:

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Boston Design Market Keynote Speaker: Gil Schafer

Award-winning architect and author of the new book A Place to Call Home, Gil Schafer believes the most successful houses are the ones that celebrate living – houses with timeless charm that are imbued with memory and a distinct sense of place. It’s this dialogue between past and present that enables him to interpret traditional principles for a multiplicity of architectural styles within contemporary ways of living.

Join Schafer as he opens the doors to his world of comfortable classicism, sharing some of the firm’s most recent, and exciting projects from around the country and walking through the inner workings of his distinctive approach – from concrete techniques to the more emotional and intuitive aspects of his process – showing how he brings his projects to life and fills them with soul.


4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Innovators in Design Panel Discussion + Reception

Moderator: Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief of New England Home

The Boston Design Center, as part of the Innovation & Design Building in Boston’s innovation hub is interested in how businesses will embrace the proliferation of technology to advance and thrive. The panel is comprised of business stakeholders who have recognized the need for change and subsequently built solutions that will ensure they remain relevant.

Immediately following the Keynote Presentation, attendees are invited to Waterworks‘ debut event in their new Boston showroom.

Panelists Include:

Peter Sallick, CEO & Creative Director, Waterworks & CEO, Dering Hall, Inc.

Lee Rotenberg, co-founder, IvyMark

Timur Yumusaklar, CEO, F. Schumacher & Co., & CEO, Patterson Flynn Martin

Tamara Rosenthal, Senior VP of Marketing, Viyet


Wednesday Breakout Sessions:

  • Showroom hosted events throughout day.
  • Continuing Education courses available through ASID New England.
  • Boston Design Market pop-ups will be open to shop. 10% of proceeds go to Boston non-profit Heading Home, the event’s 2017 benefitting partner.


Thursday, October 12, 2017:

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Trends Forecasting: Boston Design Market

This year’s trends panel moves away from the traditional meaning of “trends” and becomes a lively presentation by four commentators on trend forecasting. How does one actually anticipate what is going to be considered on trend in the future? What are some innovative tools that can help you stay ahead of the curve? We will explore this topic across a few mediums: Interior design, cuisine, and culture as examined in each issue of ID Boston Magazine.


Panelists Include:

Jesse Lazarus, EVP of Business & Innovation, Kravet

Suzi Hlavacek, Art Consultant, Boston Art

Christine Liu, Executive Editor of Website Content, America’s Test Kitchen



4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Giving Back – A Panel Discussion

Moderator: Gail Ravgiala, Editor, Design New England Magazine

As part of the Boston Design Center’s commitment to salute the brands in our industry that strive to make a difference either globally, locally, or in their workplace culture, Giving Back salutes those selfless members of our community and encourages self-reflection about how we can ensure the growth of our business also means the growth of our footprint on others.

Panelists Include:

Catherine Connolly, CEO and Owner, Merida

Jakub Staron, CEO, J.D. Staron

Olivia Lord, Marketing Manager Jewett Farms + Co.

Philip Bershad, President, Phillip Jeffries


Thursday Breakout Sessions:

  • Showroom hosted events throughout day.
  • Continuing Education courses available through ASID New England.
  • Boston Design Market pop-ups will be open to shop. 10% of proceeds go to Boston non-profit Heading Home, the event’s 2017 benefitting partner.

Heading Home Partnership

Boston Design Center is thrilled to partner with Heading Home for 3 days of dine + design during Boston Design Market. Our design community has come together and will be showcasing custom designed tablescape and barcart designs in Suite 500 of the Boston Design Center.


Thursday, October 12, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Cocktail Party Kickoff + New England Design Hall of Fame 2017 Inductee Announcement

Friday, October 13, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

View the designs (open to public)

Saturday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Heading Home to Dinner Gala


Tickets for all events available at Proceeds from all events as well as Boston Design Market pop-ups to Heading Home, a non-profit organization that re-houses and provides a supported pathway to self-sufficiency for young families.