Boston Design Week Festival

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 10:00am

Boston, MA 02108

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Schedule of Events

10:00am - ASID Presents a Conversation with Today's Design Leaders

Join ASID New England for an interactive conversation with today's design leaders. We'll feature leaders from throughout New England, representing multiple areas of the interior design community, including design, construction, publishing, and industry partners. In a fast-paced Q&A format, our leaders will address a variety of questions, from design philosophies to trends, and from client partnerships to the evolving interior design industry. And, you'll have the opportunity to submit YOUR design questions during registration.

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) advances the interior design profession and communicates the impact of design on the human experience.

We collaborate with others to promote the value of interior design. We prepare our members to excel in a dynamic and evolving profession. We generate, collect and disseminate applied knowledge.

The New England Chapter of ASID represents more than 500 interior designers and industry partners from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

MODERATOR: Eric Haydel, Allied ASID, M-Geough and Eric Haydel Designs

Jaci Conry, Boston Design Guide
Bob Ernst, FBN Construction
Bobby Ernst, Jr., FBN Construction
Tracy Mowschenson, Allied ASID, IIDA, Tracy Interiors
Ryanne Sanderson, NCIDQ, KnollTextiles


11:00am - The Future of Fenway

Presented by WS Development

WS Development has partnered with Fenway Sports Group Real Estate (FSGRE) and '47 Brand to redevelop multiple sites in the Fenway neighborhood currently owned by FSGRE and the D'Angelo family, owners of the Red Sox Team Store on Jersey Street and '47 Brand.

The new joint venture will redevelop several sites totaling approximately 5 acres located on Jersey Street, Brookline Avenue, Van Ness Street, and Lansdowne Street while respecting the historic fabric and character of the area around Fenway Park.

Join Yanni Tsipis, Senior Vice President of Development at WS Development, for a virtual conversation about how the partnership came to be and the vision and philosophy behind the evolution of this part of the Fenway neighborhood.

Yanni Tsipis is Senior Vice President of Development at WS Development in Boston and oversees the company's Seaport project, a 7.7 million square foot mixed-use development currently underway in Boston's Seaport District and the newly announced Fenway Project. Prior to his tenure at WS, Yanni spent nearly 15 years at Colliers International after completing undergraduate and graduate studies at MIT in civil engineering and planning. At Colliers, Yanni focused his work on managing large-scale urban development and historic rehabilitation projects. His project experience at Colliers included multiple commercial, multifamily residential, hotel, and other project types, and spanned over $2 billion of development projects, all in the City of Boston. Yanni lives in Westwood and has written four books about the history of the city's transportation infrastructure. He serves on numerous non-profit boards and is a past member of the Boston Landmarks Commission.


1:00pm - 2:30pm - Designing With Light

Presented by Currey & Company

Lighting serves a dual purpose in design: function and aesthetics. In this highly visual CEU, you'll learn the three technical functions of lighting – Vision, Safety and Utility – and how to incorporate them into inspiring home and hospitality designs. This "enlightening" session will walk you room by room with advice and examples on how to effectively incorporate ambient, task and accent lighting to create beautiful and functional spaces.

This CEU session will walk designers through a comprehensive lighting design strategy, including technical best practices, room-by-room considerations, and how to blend ambient, task and accent lighting to create beautiful and functional home and public spaces.

Jenny Heinzen York has spent her entire career in the home furnishings industry, with an extensive editorial and marketing background. Currently vice president of marketing for Currey & Company, she also spent 20 years with Home Accents Today and Furniture Today, 10 of those as editor in chief of HAT. More recently, she managed the Home and Design marketing strategy for AmericasMart Atlanta, before moving to Currey & Company to lead the marketing and business development team.

This CEU is presented by Currey & Company, manufacturer of fine lighting, furniture and home décor, and our Boston Design Center partner Wolfers Lighting, located in the Structure 7 Experience Center, BDC Suite 130W.

3:00pm - ESSENTIAL: A Panel Discussion about Public Health, Public Space, and the Design of Boston's Big Parks

Presented by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects

Now, more than ever, parks are essential public infrastructure. Supporting physical and mental health, enhancing human and ecological resilience, offering places to protest and spaces to heal, parks have played vital roles during this past pandemic year – and will in the years to come. Rather fortuitously, Boston is currently renovating its three largest open spaces: Boston Common, Franklin Park, and Moakley Park. Join the landscape architects and public health experts designing these projects in a discussion about the past, present, and future of open space in Boston and beyond.

With degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Julia Africa is the public health consultant for the Franklin Park Action Plan. Prior to this, she led the Nature, Health, and the Built Environment program at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C- CHANGE).

Gary Hilderbrand, FASLA is a founding principal of Reed Hilderbrand Associates, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he has taught since 1990. Reed Hilderbrand is leading the design process for the Franklin Park Action Plan.

Chris Reed, FASLA, is Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture and Co-Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and founding director of Stoss Landscape Urbanism. Stoss is leading the redesign of Moakley Park.

Cheri Ruane, FASLA, is vice president and landscape architecture practice leader at Weston & Sampson. She has previously worked for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and is past president of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. Weston & Sampson is leading the master plan process for Boston Common.


4:00pm - Landscapes Made for a Living World

Presented by Kyle Hoepner

As we become more and more aware of the impact human activities can have on our world's environment, landscape professionals have been increasingly inspired to create beautiful designs that also coexist well with their surrounding ecosystems. One result has been a growing use of native species in landscape design, plus gardens specifically made to attract and sustain birds, pollinating insects, and other local wildlife. In this panel, some of the Northeast's most prominent professionals will examine the current state of the art and where they see things headed.

-Matthew Cunningham, principal, Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, Stoneham, Mass.
-Kathryn Herman, principal, Kathryn Herman Design, New Canaan, Conn.
-Keith LeBlanc, principal, LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, Boston
-Margie Ruddick, principal, Margie Ruddick Landscape, White Plains, N.Y., and author of Wild by Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes

Moderator: Kyle Hoepner, design journalist and consultant

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5:00pm - The Evolving Family: Creating Your Own Remodeled Retreat

Presented by Feinmann, Inc.

We are spending more time than ever in our homes which is leading to new ways of remodeling: from creating spaces that improve family connection, to designing bathroom retreats where you can indulge and relax, to finding ways to bring the outdoors in. Join Feinmann, Inc. – Designers | Builders to explore these trends and more on remodeling for the evolving family, including:

Kitchens – No longer just a place to cook and eat, kitchens have become epicenter of the home – a place where family and friends congregate. See how Feinmann has implemented dynamic design into their clients' kitchens.

Open Floor Plans – Opening up site lines for family living is more than just a trend. See how Feinmann is tearing down walls of traditional floor plans so clients can enjoy the new convenience of open concept living.

Bathrooms – Bathrooms are no longer a place where you just get ready in the morning. See examples of bathroom luxury Feinmann has created to deliver a place to pamper and escape – from beautiful modern and transitional designs with functionality that wows.

Sunroom and Porches – Sunroom and Porches – Bringing the outdoors in has never been more prevalent then ever. See the latest trends in creating indoor retreats that are an extension of the home.

6:00pm - Greenery in the Scenery

Presented by IFDA New England

In the finale to our virtual spring series, April Showers Bring May Flowers, join IFDA New England for a dynamic discussion among expert stylist Karin Lidbeck, seasoned photographer Greg Premru, and artistic florist Jennifer Figge as they dive into the art of staging interiors with all things green. Panelists will explore the poignant impact of fresh material when photographing interiors - from trends happening now, forecasting the next wave, as well was the tried-and-true classics that will never steer you wrong.

Karin Lidbeck: Karin's experience as a interior photo stylist includes years of work for all the national magazines, such as Traditional home, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living, Country Home, House Beautiful and Boston's New England Home magazine. She also brings her styling skills to many other diverse markets with numerous clients in interior design, architecture, the furnishings and lifestyle markets and catalogs. As a contributing editor To the Better Homes & Gardens magazine group she has designed and produced over 60 features focusing on Floral styling for BH&Gs "Country Gardens Magazine and " Garden Design "magazine.

Greg Premru: Greg is a photographer who specializes in Residential and Commercial Interiors and Architecture. His work captures an upscale lifestyle that you want to be a part of. It is clean and fresh utilizing sophisticated color palettes that create a distinctive mood and ambiance.

Jennifer Figge: An avid gardener, Jennifer is passionate about floral and garden design. Her floral training was through European Master Certification program (EMC), taught by International Floral Designer Tomas de Bruyne. Currently she is focused on Floral Styling, working with Interior Photographers to create the perfect "shot" with the right mix of botanicals. Constantly inspired by art and nature, when she is not designing for others, you can find her foraging, exploring new ideas, and working in her own garden.


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