Home Design Events, Fall 2013

Where to go and what to read for your fall design fix.


Photograph by Martyn Thompson (Working Space: An Insight into the Creative Heart)

A Room of One’s Own

Photographer Martyn Thompson takes readers inside the private studios of artists and designers in his stylish book, Working Space: An Insight into the Creative Heart. Interior design inspirations abound.

Out 10/1, Hardie Grant Books, $50.


Photograph by Stewart Clements (September Light, by Roger Chudzik, 2011, forged and fabricated steel)

The Carpenters

From traditional cabinetry to contemporary creations, “Made in Massachusetts: Studio Furniture of the Bay State” presents a range of local artists’ work.

10/12–2/9/2014, Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton, 508-588-6000, fullercraft.org.


Photograph by Jessica Backhaus (World #43, 2011)

European Union

German-born photographer Jessica Backhaus brings her color-soaked images to Robert Klein Gallery this fall. At once playful and purposeful, her work has also been shown at the National Portrait Gallery, in London, and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, in Berlin.

10/5–11/30, 38 Newbury St., 4th Fl., Boston, 617-267-7997, robertkleingallery.com.


Photograph Courtesy of Gallery Naga (Architectural Elements, by John Cederquist, mixed woods, aniline dyes, and epoxy resin)

Arts and Crafts

This September, Gallery Naga showcases the work of furniture maker John Cederquist and Somerville photographer Mary Kocol. Cederquist received an Award of Distinction from the Furniture Society in 2010 for his mind-bending structures. Kocol, whose work is in the collections at the MFA and MoMA, presents “Ice Garden,” a study of flowers encased in ice.

9/3–9/28, Gallery Naga, 67 Newbury St., Boston, 617-267-9060, gallerynaga.com.


Photographs by Maggie Taylor (The Moth House, pigmented digital print); Jerry Uelsmann (Untitled, 1983, gelatin silver print)

Alternate Angles

Husband-and-wife photographers Maggie Taylor and Jerry Uelsmann unveil their first joint Boston exhibition at Lanoue Fine Art this September. Both artists offer a dreamlike take on reality: Uelsmann’s surreal black-and-white images are made by montaging negatives, while Taylor’s haunting imagery is created by digitally layering tintypes and antique toys over hand-drawn scenes.

9/14—10/12, Lanoue Fine Art, 125 Newbury St., Boston, 617-262-4400, lanouefineart.com.

“She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World”

This MFA exhibit, which features approximately 100 photos from 12 female photographers, explores modern Middle Eastern identity in a time of political turmoil.

8/27–1/12/2014, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-267-9300, mfa.org.

Lalla Essaydi

The Howard Yezerski Gallery presents the work of Moroccan-born Lalla Essaydi, who graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts in 2003. 

9/6–10/22, 460 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-262-0550, howardyezerskigallery.com.

Elizabeth Livingston 

Painter (and Boston University graduate) Elizabeth Livingston shows off her vibrant, hyperrealistic portraits at the Alpha Gallery this fall.

9/7—10/2, 37 Newbury St., Boston, 617-536-4465, alphagallery.com.

Bill Thompson

Ipswich native Bill Thompson brings his minimalist art—made with heavily pigmented acrylic urethane—to the Barbara Krakow Gallery in September.

9/10–10/19, 10 Newbury St., Boston, 617-262-4490, barbarakrakowgallery.com.

Dior Impressions: The Inspiration and Influence of Impressionism at the House of Dior 

This elegant book, which explores the relationship between couture and fine art, showcases Impressionist paintings by Monet and Renoir alongside Dior’s classic designs.

Out 9/17, Rizzoli, $45.

The Hand of the Small-Town Builder: Summer Houses in Northern New England, 1876–1930

Photographer and author W. Tad Pfeffer explores home building in this historical look at simple summer dwellings.

Out 9/30, David R. Godine/Black Sparrow Books, $40.

François Halard

This stylish tome features the homes of designers including Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, shot by the celebrated interior design and architectural photographer.

Out 10/29, Rizzoli, $75.

Robert C. Jackson

The engineer turned pastor turned painter is known for his bright, contemporary, and strange still lifes, which are on display at the Arden Gallery this November.

11/5–11/30, 129 Newbury St., Boston, 617-247-0610, ardengallery.com.