Boston Design Week 2019

If you’re in Boston or the area, did you know we’re smack in the middle of Boston Design Week 2019? Design Week is the brainchild of Tony Fusco of Fusco and Four, who also produce several art, design and antiques shows in Boston.

The 6th Annual Boston Design Week 2019, which runs from March 27th – April 7th, features design and architecture events throughout the region for homeowners, design enthusiasts and industry professionals alike.

On the opening night, I attended the event at Boston Symphony Hall called “Behind the Scenes of Resilient Waterfront Design” presented by Morehouse MacDonald & Associates.

Tony Fusco Kevin Lagasse Troy Sober John MacDonald Amy Mizner Elizabeth Cameron Gary Rousseau Boston Design Week 2018
Tony Fusco, speaking; l-r:  Kevin Lagasse (The Lagasse Group Builders); Troy Sober (Gregory Lombardi Design, landscapers);  John MacDonald (Morehouse MacDonald Architects);  Amy Mizner (Benoit Mizner & Simon & Co., Real Estate);  Elizabeth Cameron (Eliz. Cameron Interiors and Morehouse MacDonald);  Gary Rousseau (Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers).

This esteemed panel of experts are all tops in their respective fields and shared the issues we are facing when building waterfront properties in a world where storms are stronger and no one really knows what things will look like 30-50 years from now.  Preparation is key and my takeaway is if you want to build on the water, and you want to enjoy your investment for years to come, the building and design process is not the place to cut corners. Redundancy was one of the key words – make sure you have back up systems for your backup systems. Even seemingly small things such as the weight of patio umbrellas and throw pillows on outdoor furniture have to be considered if a storm shows up unexpectedly.

It all sounds very dour, but it was a really upbeat panel discussion which included a slideshow of work done by these amazing professionals.

Following the panel, we were treated to a tour of Symphony Hall. I wrote about the history of this amazing concert hall back in 2009. You can read all about it here.

Boston Symphony Hall ceiling 1 Boston Design Week 2019

I took the photo above and below from the floor of the hall.

Boston Symphony Hall Ceiling 2 Boston Design Week 2019

In addition to the wonderful guided tour, we were treated to a demonstration of the organ. Click here to listen.

After the organ demo, we did a backstage tour and got to look through the doors that open to the stage – with strong admonitions not to step foot onto the stage.

Boston Symphony Hall View from center stage Boston Design Week 2019

And here I am with my friend, also an interior designer, Kathie Chrisicos -still not stepping on the stage – I promise!

Linda Merrill Kathie Chrisicos Boston Design Week 2019

This week, I’m attending a luncheon and learn at kitchen and bath showroom Snow and Jones for a presentation with Kohler called “Hospitality Around the World” which will focus on hospitality (hotel and restaurant) bathrooms around the world and to learn about global trends, design business practices and bathroom design preferences.

On Thursday, I’ll be attending a talk at the Boston Design Center given by AD100 interior designer Roger Thomas, who is the recipient of the Boston Design Week Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019. Roger is the designer behind the interiors of the Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas and Wynn Macau casinos and is doing the soon to open Encore Boston Harbor. On Friday night, I’ll be attending the Boston Design Week 2019 Awards at the Artists for Humanities new EpiCenter, a wonderful looking event space – which I’m excited to see! Roger Thomas will receive his Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Over My Shoulder Foundation will announce their Mentor of the Year. Other awards to be given out are the Newcomer of the Year sponsored by Autodesk; and the Social Impact Award and Producer’s Choice: Outstanding 2019 Design Week Event will also be announced.

I don’t know how many events are happening ( you can check them all out on their website) but it’s the biggest event to date. Boston Design Week 2019 is also part of World Design Weeks, an international collaboration representing 30+ Design Weeks around the world.

So, if you’re local and you love design and architecture (you wouldn’t be reading this if you don’t!) I encourage you to sign up and attend an event or two this week. Or check out World Design Weeks to see if there is a Design Week happening in your neck of the woods. And get on their mailing list for next years events.


xoxo Linda

2 thoughts on “Boston Design Week 2019”

  1. Hello Linda, What a delight that Symphony Hall is. When I lived in Boston, I regrettably never got there even once. (I lived out in Waban without a car and transportation would have been a problem.) However, in Ohio I was a frequent visitor to beautiful Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra.

    They have similar design weeks or events in Taipei, and there is much of novelty and interest to see, but somehow I have gotten off of their mailing lists, so haven’t attended for a while. If you could give your far-flung readers more glimpses of Boston Design Week, we would be thrilled!

    • Hi Jim – apologies for the slow response! Too bad you were never able to make it to Symphony Hall, but having lived in and around Boston without a car myself, I know what it’s like!


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