“Immerse yourself in art and design” with Boston Design Week


A special fall offer of more than 50 public art and design events kicks off Tuesday. Here’s how to experience Boston Design Week 2021 this fall.

United Shoe Machinery Building (now The Landmark), on High Street in Boston, one of the stages of the Art Deco virtual tour. Courtesy

Aficionados of all things aesthetic should mark their calendars for an upcoming festival that will spotlight Boston’s eclectic design and art scene.

Boston Design Week 2021 kicks off Tuesday, September 28, offering three weeks of over 50 public events showcasing exquisite works in architecture and interior design. Some of the Boston Design Week activities include live painting in the Public Garden, historic art and design tours, auction previews, galas, and more.

The theme of this season’s festival is “Falling into Art and Design”. Its mission is to raise awareness and appreciate the role of design in modern life and to open up new audiences to a wide range of design industries and organizations.

“We want Boston Design Week to be known as a portal to all things art and design,” said Tony Fusco, who, with his partner Robert Four, has co-produced Boston Design Week since its launch in 2014.

Boston Design Week is usually held in the spring of each year. Fusco said organizers launched this special fall 2021 season to support the city’s diverse design community through what continues to be a difficult time for designers, “from the smallest nonprofit design to the big venues. exhibition and design companies, ”he said.

Organizers have spread the festival over three weeks, until October 16, to give participants plenty of opportunities to get involved.

“For the first time since March 2020, some of the events are in person, but a number of them are virtual so people can enjoy them from anywhere, and many, like the tours, take place at outside, ”Fusco said. “Although this is smaller than our annual Spring Design Week, which can have up to 80 to 100 programs, we are excited about diversity and celebrating both historic and contemporary design. “

Teenage artists gather at Artists for Humanity for one of their Open Studio events. – Courtesy

Some highlights from Boston Design Week 2021

See an outdoor painting at the Jardin Public, September 29: Boston gallery owner Judith Reilly, who runs an art gallery at the Four Seasons Hotel on Boylston Street, invited artists Stan Moeller and Heidi Lorenz to do outdoor painting demonstrations for a day in the Public Garden. This style of open-air painting became a strong feature of French Impressionism. This event is free and does not require an RSVP.

Support local teen artists at Artists for Humanity at 100 W. 2nd St, September 29: Attend AFH Open Studio X with teenage designers and painters at Artists For Humanity, a program that employs enterprising teens from Boston neighborhoods to create distinctive art and design services for individuals and businesses. This event is free but requires an RSVP.

“We are thrilled to be partnering again this year with Boston Design Week – our 30th anniversary – a year to celebrate the voices and creative energy of hundreds of talented Boston teens and the power of the arts and design to us. inspire all – alongside our visionary resident artist Lavaughan Jenkins, ”said Susan Rodgerson, Founder and Artistic Director of Artists for Humanity.

Visit the Gibson Victorian House on Beacon Street, October 7 and 14: One tour focuses on the ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ lives of the servants, while another tour looks at the lesser-known gay subculture of early 20th century Boston through the eyes of the house’s last owner, Charlie Gibson. . These tours require an RSVP with an entry of $ 15.

Discover Minotti Boston on Stuart Street, October 7: One of the highlights of Boston Design Week is the opening of the new Minotti Boston Italian furniture showroom in the heart of the Theater District. Showroom manager John Trifone told Boston.com the neighborhood is quickly becoming a destination for interior design professionals. The October 7 event is reserved for designers, architects and developers, but no appointments will be necessary during the regular showroom. hours.

“Innovative brands and luxury designers, along with Minotti, have established an address along the city’s Stuart Street that some call Boston’s ‘Rodeo Drive’ for interiors,” Trifone said. “The Minotti Showroom allows Bostonians to experience the brand’s international lifestyle. “

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of “Opening Our Doors” in the Fenway cultural district, October 9: This festival showcases Boston’s diverse arts and culture scene with interactive performances, activations, art, music, dance, crafts, spoken word. Now in its 20th anniversary, “Opening Our Doors” is Boston’s longest and most important day of free cultural experiences. This event is free and open to the public. No registration necessary.

Visit bostondesignweek.com for a full calendar of events.

The Gibson House Music Room from 1857 in Back Bay. – Photo by John Woolf

Boston Design Week Background

Boston Design Week is part of World Design Weeks, an international coalition of more than 30 design festivals around the world. A new aspect of Boston Design Week this fall is that it gives the public access to six other design festivals in Rhode Island, Atlanta and Mexico City, through the event website bostondesignweek.com.

Boston Design Week is produced by Fusco & Four / Ventures, a public relations and marketing company specializing in art and design. Fusco and his partner Robert Four have been promoting the arts in Boston for over 40 years.

Most events are free, but many require an RSVP. Anyone interested in participating can register on bostondesignweek.com.

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