Design Days of Fall in the Seaport: 7 Tide’s Oktoberfest & Boston Design Market

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Design Days of Fall in the Seaport: 7 Tide’s Oktoberfest & Boston Design Market

October has been a very busy month for design in the Seaport! Just this week, our teams have participated in 7 Tide’s Oktoberfest celebration, Boston Design Market, the 2017 PRISM Awards and the annual IIDA Fashion Show.

At 7 Tide’s Oktoberfest, an authentic Bavarian band dressed in lederhosen filled the showrooms with traditional music, as interior designers, kitchen designers and architects filled up on German fare and—of course—mugs of beer. The celebration kicked off after a day of AIA-accredited CEU classes, which included Fenestration in Contemporary Residential Applications by Marvin Windows and Doors, Specifying Luxury Kitchens in Small Spaces by Sub-Zero and Wolf and Design Basics for Sintered Compact Surfacing by Marble and Granite Inc. The series was part of 7 Tide’s Learn and Lounge program, which will continue to run throughout the year.

 

 

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Over at the Boston Design Market, the day began with architect Gil Schafer, who delivered a thoughtful talk about creating a house for clients that feels like home. Schafer walked the audience through projects in California, Maine, New York and South Carolina, all very different ways of living and therefore Schafer designed distinct homes. “You live differently in different places because the place influences you to do so,” said Schafer. He breaks down his comfortable classicism in his latest book, “A Place to Call Home.” Schafer always asks his clients—what do you think of when you think of home? “Home is as much a state of mind as it is a physical structure,” he said.

 

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Down the hall at Kravet, “Design New England” kicked off its Fourth Annual Design Showdown, a student competition in which young designers present a project in a “Shark Tank”-style format. Throughout the process, they can reach out to  experienced Angel Designers (professionals in the field) for help and advice. The purpose of the event is to welcome and inspire the next generation of designers.

 

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The showdown was fitting since the theme of this year’s Market centered around Innovation & The Future of the Boston Design Center. Other workshops fit this theme, such as “Trends Forecasting,” at which Jesse Lazarus, EVP of Business & Innovation for Kravet, Suzi Hlavacek, Art Consultant for Boston Art, and Christine Liu, Executive Editor of Website Content for America’s Test Kitchen discussed how to anticipate and be ready for the next big thing.

 

On the Boston Design Center’s second floor was a well curated Pop-Up Collection of Artisans and Makers, including Choix Home, India Hicks, immerLit, Camden Hydes, Jill Rosenwald Studio, Lladro, Sara Campbell, Sheperd’s Run Jewelry, Sweetgum Textiles, and Trident Booksellers.