When guests stepped off the elevator and on to the sixth floor of the Boston Design Center on August 9, they were greeted with Matty and the Pushups’ upbeat setlist that spanned the decades. It was a fitting compilation to celebrate the Second Annual Summer Soiree’s Decades of Design theme.
Inside Jewett Farms + Co, the staff embraced the 1950s. They wore retro cat-eye glasses and tied their hair up in polka dot bows. The window display advertised a root beer float station and if you walked through the showroom, past the array of earthy-toned vignettes that display their cabinetry, soapstone and flooring, you came upon a station of pink drinks called, Gin & Sin.
Flower petals formed a peace sign above a Wolf range inside Christopher Peacock’s showroom. Staff members donned flower crowns and flowing dresses, and someone dug out a vintage Woodstock poster. A poster of Audrey Hepburn was up too, a nod to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which hit movie theaters in 1961.
Downsview Kitchens decided to boogie down for the 1970s and decked out their showroom in disco balls, gold and glitter. The chocolate fondue fountain attracted attention in the space that shows off their custom kitchen and cabinet designs. Naturally, the tequila sunrise station, which was set up on a kitchen island, stole the show.
Other showrooms participated in the fun, too. The Boston Shade Company and System 7 adopted a flapper theme from the 1920s. Tile Showcase took on the post-war 1940s with a Hawaiian tiki bar theme. Scavolini totally loved the 1990s and taped up Saved By the Bell and Spice Girls posters around their space. Discover Tile and Stone broke out the jello shots and staff members teased their hair for the 1980s.
As Matty and the Pushups played a Stevie Wonder cover, a group gathered to watch, reminding attendees that the evening was also about music. Zumix was the charitable partner, an organization that empowers youth to use music to make strong positive change in their lives, their communities and the world.
Many attendees decided to go all out reminiscing about all the finer styles of the past. 7 Tide sponsored a photo booth so guests could take home a memory of the evening. The entire evening was a reminder that it is a lot of fun to look back on and celebrate the styles and designs that came before.