Exploring the design industry- Boston Design Week 2016.

boston design week

Have you ever stopped and thought about how much design is a part of our lives? Everything we use, wear, touch, and see has been designed in some way, shape, or form. A few years ago, Boston Design Week sprung up to give local members of the Boston design industry and design enthusiasts an avenue to explore and appreciate good design through landscape, graphics, industrial, and interiors and architecture. This year, it is running March 30th through April 10th.

This is such a fun time in the city with events such as presentations from renowned architectural firms to walking tours of the arts district. Days are filled with wonderful ways to get involved. Even design schools hold events and lectures with a panel of experts to discuss relevant design issues such as sustainable design and the future of the design industry. Of course, the Boston Design Center has their own roster of events for the week. One event that I am particularly excited to attend is "The Art of the Approach" with designer Miles Redd. He is acclaimed for his perfect blend of pattern and texture for a seductive and glamorous space.

Here are some of my favorite spaces designed by Miles Redd and what I take away from each image to inspire some of my design concepts.

miles redd eat in kitchen

Design take away- don't be afraid to blend anything with a classic white kitchen. Antiques, wrought iron, you name it, is all fair game. I love the layout of this space- the kitchen is open to rest of the floor, and the utility areas are tucked behind the statement range and hood.

miles redd kitchen

Design take away- go bold or go home. If you love a color, use it in floor to ceiling cabinetry and window casings to avoid a broken up look.

miles redd living room

Design take away- select one color and use it to carry pattern through the concept.

miles redd bedroom

Design take away- pull subtle colors from a statement pattern, and an open canopy bed always looks good!