Boston Design Week 2021 Design Awards
FRiday, May 7, 2021 - 6:00-7:30pm on Zoom
Suggested contribution to support Boston Design Week:
$10, Individual , $20 Couple or Household. Free admission available.
Join us at the 2021 Boston Design Week Awards!
The Awards are the culminating event of Boston Design Week.
Award co-presenters: Tony Fusco, Co-Producer of Boston Design Week and
Allison Iantosca, Owner and President of F.H. Perry Builder
Guest appearance by Grammy-winning recording artist Patti Austin,
one of the founders of the Over My Shoulder Foundation.
The 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to:
Master Furniture Maker and President Emeritus of North Bennet Street School
The Producers' Choice Award will be presented to:
The Society of Arts and Crafts
Other Awards to be announced and presented at the event include Newcomer of the Year, the Social Impact Award, and the Mentor of the Year,
co-sponsored by The Over My Shoulder Foundation;
See the List of Nominees for these awards below.
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
2020 - Awards were postponed.
March 25-April 5
_______________________________Nominees for the 2021 Boston Design Week Awards ___________________________
Newcomer of the Year
Chris Baker, CEO and Founder, Kure Creative
Dylan Leavitt, Founder and President, Studio Dylan
Angela Luna, Founder/Owner, Adiff
Social Impact Award
Abacus Architects and Planners
Hatched: Breaking Through the Silence, Esplanade Association
Angela Luna, Founder/Owner, Adiff
Beth McLaughlin, Chief Curator, Fuller Craft Museum
Mentor of the Year
Dartagnan Brown, Founder and CEO, Embarc Studio
Sandro Carella, Professor of Interior Design, Suffolk University
Paula Daher, Principal, Daher Interior Design
Jeanne Finnerty, Owner, Finnerty Design
Michael J. Lee, Owner, Michael J. Lee Photography
Jamey Pope, Furniture Maker, Teacher, North Bennet Street School
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 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, affordability, sustainability or other.
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.