Get Ready for This Year’s Boston Design Market

Prepare to celebrate the Design Center's 30th anniversary, check out the Boston Made + Friends pop-up, and more.

Boston Made pop-up

Assorted goods available at the Boston Made + Friends pop-up / Photos courtesy of Boston Made

Every year, the design experts at the Boston Design Center come together for a celebration of the best in furnishings and interior deisgn. This year marks the Design Center’s 30th anniversary, which means an aesthetically pleasing two-day extravaganza is in store.

More than 2,500 designers, architects, decorators, students, and members of the public will gather at the Design Center on October 5th and 6th to immerse themselves in a flurry of keynote events, panel discussions, product launches, classes from the American Society of Interior Designers, and best of all, pop-up vendors.

In addition to wandering the Design Center’s halls and admiring its many showrooms and shops, visitors can stop by a new pop-up called Boston Made + Friends. Boston Made is a newly formed organization that curates an intimate market of locally made, high-quality, design-focused goods. Its pop-up market, located on the first floor of the Design Center, will offer table linens, ceramics, hand-dyed throw pillows, quilts, handmade knives, and a myriad of other lifestyle goods from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days of the Design Market.

Wondering what to check out for renovation inspiration? See a full list of happenings here, and take notes on what not to miss below.

Love It Or Lose It
In the Design Center’s first-ever trend forecasting game show, participants can flash either a “Love It” or “Lose It” card as a panel of design influencers presents trends in rapid succession.
Wednesday, October 5, 4 p.m. Seminar Room, 5th Floor, Suite 548.

Designing with Wallpaper: How to Maximize Impact and Creative Opportunities
This continuing education unit will present the lowdown on everything wallpaper-related, including its history, technology, printing methods, and more. The course will also introduce creative applications for wallpaper in interior spaces.
Wednesday, October 5, 12 p.m., Suite 434, register with

Hutton Wilkinson Presents: Grand Decorating for the Way We Live Now
A master of high-style decorating, Hutton Wilkinson will discuss his approach to design and why it’s perfect for today’s life.
Thursday, October 6, 10:30 a.m. Seminar Room, 5th Floor, Suite 548.

Creating Healthy Environments with New Paint Technology with Marion Beaulieu
This course will explore the evolution of sustainability in buildings, teaching visitors how paint ingredients like waterborne colorants and resins make for responsible materials.
Thursday, October 6, 1 p.m., Suite 215.

The Evolution of Books in Life and Design
In our screen-filled lives, printed books are experiencing a newfound magic. In this discussion, see how Colorado-based Juniper Books curates, designs, and styles bookshelves into works of art.
Thursday, October 6, 2 p.m., GRANGE, Suite 210.

The Boston Design Market will take place on October 5 and 6 at the Boston Design Center, 1 Design Center Place. See the complete schedule at