Aficionados of all things aesthetic should mark their calendars for an upcoming festival that will focus on Boston’s eclectic design and art scene.
Boston Design Week 2021 starts on Tuesday 28 September and offers three weeks with more than 50 public events showcasing exquisite works in architecture and interior design. Some of Boston Design Week’s activities include live “plein air” painting in the public garden, art and historical design tours, previews of auctions, galas and more.
The theme for this season’s festival is “Fall Into Art and Design.” Its mission is to increase public awareness and understanding of the role that design plays in modern life, and open new audiences to a wide range of design industries and organizations.
“We want Boston Design Week to be known as a portal to all art and design,” said Tony Fusco, who, along with partner Robert Four, has co-produced Boston Design Week since its 2014 launch.
Boston Design Week typically takes place in the spring of each year. Fusco said organizers launched this special fall season of 2021 to support the city’s diverse design community through what remains a difficult time for designers, “from the smallest design nonprofit to large design shows and businesses,” he said.
The organizers spread the festival over three weeks, until October 16, to give attendees plenty of opportunities to get involved.
“For the first time since March 2020, some of the events are personal, but a number of them are virtual so people can enjoy them everywhere, and many, like the design trips, are outdoors,” Fusco said. “While this is smaller than our annual Spring Design Week, which can have as many as 80 to 100 programs, we are excited about diversity and about celebrating both historic and modern design.”
A few highlights from Boston Design Week 2021
Se et Plein Air Painting in the public garden, 29 September: Boston gallery owner Judith Reilly, who runs an art gallery at the Four Seasons Hotel on Boylston Street, has invited artists Stan Moeller and Heidi Lorenz for making demonstrations of aerial painting for a day in the public garden. This style of outdoor painting became a strong feature of French Impressionism. This event is free and does not require RSVP.
Meet local teen artists at Artists for Humanity at 100 W. 2nd St, September 29: Join 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 excited to partner 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 art and design to inspire us all with our visionary resident artist Lavaughan Jenkins, ”said Susan Rodgerson, the founding executive / artistic director of Artists for Humanity.
Visit the Victorian Gibson House on Beacon Street, October 7 and 14: One tour focuses on the life of the service “Upstairs Downstairs,” while another tour delves into the lesser-known gay subculture of the early 20th century in Boston through the eyes of the home’s last owner, Charlie Gibson. These tours require an RSVP with $ 15 admission.
Check out 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 tells Boston.com that the neighborhood is fast becoming a destination for interior design professionals. The October 7 event is reserved for designers, architects and developers, but there will be no need for an appointment in the regular showroom. timer.
“Innovative brands and luxury designers, along with Minotti, have established an address along the city’s Stuart Street, which some call Boston’s ‘Rodeo Drive’ for interior design,” said Trifone. “The Minotti Showroom gives Bostonians the opportunity to experience the brand’s international lifestyle.”
Celebrate the ‘Opening of our doors’ 20th anniversary in 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 biggest day of free cultural experiences. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
Visit bostondesignweek.com for a full schedule of events.
Background for Boston Design Week
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 this fall’s Boston Design Week is that it gives the public access to six other design festivals from Rhode Island, Atlanta and Mexico City via the event’s website bostondesignweek.com.
Boston Design Week is produced by Fusco & Four / Ventures, a PR and marketing company specializing in art and design. Fusco and his partner Robert Four have been promoting art in Boston for over 40 years.
Most events are free, but many require RSVP. Anyone interested in participating can sign up bostondesignweek.com.
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