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:

Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez

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.

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