Boston Design Week 2020 Design Awards
POSTPONED- To Be Rescheduled
Nominations Continue to be Open Until Further Notice - Nominate Someone Today!
Join us at the 2020 Boston Design Week Awards, co-sponsored by Artists For Humanity
in the stunning new gallery at the AFH EpiCenter. The Awards are the culminating event of Boston Design Week and we expect 300+ invited guests, general public, Design Week participants and sponsors, media, and the BDW Leadership Committee. Enjoy a catered event, special sponsor displays and music and dancing.
Cocktail attire | 21+ only.
Tickets: $250 5:30pm VIP Reception, $50 6:30pm Awards and celebration.
The 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to:
Master Furniture Maker and President Emeritus of North Bennet Street School
The Producer's Choice Award will be presented to:
The Society of Arts and Crafts
Other Awards to be announced and presented at the event include Mentor of the Year,
co-sponsored by The Over My Shoulder Foundation; Newcomer of the Year, and
the Social Impact Award.
Special Guest Awards Presenter: Taniya Nayak
Photo by Magdalena M.
March 25-April 5
Miguel Gómez‐Ibáñez is the only graduate of North Bennet Street School is ever have served as President. During his tenure, NBSS completed a $28 million development project that moved the school from its historic home of 132 years on North Bennet Street to a new 60,000 SF facility in Boston’s North End. After completing the building project in 2015 free of debt, the school successfully completed a $20 million capital campaign to establish an endowment to support student scholarships.
Prior to attending North Bennet Street School’s Cabinet and Furniture making program, he was the founding principal of a Boston architectural practice specializing in historic preservation and design for people with special needs. He combined the 20 years experience as an architect with his North Bennet Street School training as a cabinet maker to become a nationally recognized designer and maker of studio furniture. His work has been featured in House and Garden, Good Housekeeping, American Craft, Fine Woodworking and others, and has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. He is the author of numerous articles and essays on furniture and design. He is a past president of The Furniture Society and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the American Craft Council.
The Boston Design Week Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an outstanding individual in the world of design
whose work has spanned both the 20th & 21st centuries.
Past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include:
2009 - Vladimir Kagan, Designer and Architect
2010 - Dakota Jackson, Furniture Designer
2011 - Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Designers
2012 - Vicente Wolf, Interior Designer
2013 - John P. Axelrod, Collector and Philanthropist
2014 - Susan Park, Preservationist
2015 - Robert Campbell, Architecture Critic
2016 - Virginia Bohlin, Antiques Columnist, Boston Globe
2017 - Jonathan Leo Fairbanks, Decorative Arts Curator
Emeritus, MFA Boston
2018 - Maurice N. Finegold, Finegold Alexander Architects
2019 - Roger Thomas, EVP, Wynn Design and Development
Nominations Are Now Open - Nominate Someone Today! Submit Your Nominations here.
• All Nominations must be submitted electronically.
• Anyone can submit as many nominations in each category as they choose, and self-nominations are allowed.
• Only complete nomination forms will be considered.
• The winners will be announced and the Awards will be presented at the Boston Design Week 2020 Awards, to be scehduled. The nominee must be present to receive the Award, but all finalists will be notified and receive complimentary admission to the Awards for and a guest.
• The Award finalists and recipients must agree to allow Boston Design Week to publish and promote the information about their award.
• The Awards carry no monetary value, and the decisions of Boston Design Week and its advisors are final.
The Mentor of the Year Award is given to an outstanding role model in any design field who encourages involvement in professional opportunities and provides exemplary guidance or training in their discipline to students, staff members, colleagues or the public. The Mentor of the Year Award is co-sponsored by The Over My Shoulder Foundation.
The Newcomer of the Year Award is given to an outstanding individual (or individuals) in any design field, who has launched a new product, design process, design business or other innovation within the past 5 years. The Newcomer of the Year Award is co-sponsored by Autodesk.
The Social Impact Award is given to an outstanding individual, project, development, innovation or business in any design field that has contributed a design solution large or small to any urgent issue facing our world: societal, environmental, economic, health and wellness, poverty and hunger, affordability, sustainability or other.
Our 2019 award recipients were:
Mentor of the Year
Jay Calderin, Founder of Boston Fashion Week
Newcomer of the Year
Joel Kamm, Founder and CEO of Flexetail
Community Spirit Award
John Trifone, Showroom Manager at Holly Hunt