Boston Design Week 2021 Design Awards

FRiday, May 7, 2021

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 was presented to:

Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez

Master Furniture Maker and President Emeritus of North Bennet Street School

The Producers' Choice Award was presented to:

The Society of Arts and Crafts


CONGRATULATIONS! To our Boston Design Week Awards Recipients.

Watch the video here:

"Newcomer of the Year" - Angela Luna, ADIFF

"Social Impact Award" - Charles River Esplanade, "Hatched"

"Mentor of the Year"- Michael J. Lee, Michael J. Lee Photography

See the List of Nominees for these awards below.

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March 25-April 5

Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech

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.

2021 - Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, Furniture Maker

_______________________________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.

_______________________________2021 Boston Design Week Leadership Committee ___________________________

Patti Austin,

Grammy-Award Winning Performer,

Over My Shoulder Foundation


John P. Axelrod and Darwin Cordoba


Nancy E. Berry, Editor

Northshore Magazine


Kelly Brilliant, Executive Director,

Fenway Alliance


Nina Brogna

National Account Director, Boston Home


Jay Calderin,

School Of Fashion Design Boston


Nick Capasso, Director

Fitchburg Art Museum


Dawn Carroll, Founder,

Over My Shoulder Foundation


Greg Cerio

Editor in Chief, The Magazine Antiques


Jennifer Clapp

Studio Lead for Interiors + Senior Associate, Hacin + Associates


Larissa Cook,

Vice President, FBN Construction


David and Nancy Colella,

The Colonnade Hotel


Jaci Conry,

Editor, Boston Design Guide


Carlotta Cubi,



Genevieve Day, Assistant Director

Fenway Alliance


Julia H. Donahue,

Baystate Financial


Michelle DuBois

Director, Winston Art Group


Kathy Bush Dutton,

Publisher, New England Home

Bob Ernst,

President, FBN Construction

Peter Hastings Falk, Editor and Chief Curator, Discoveries in American Art


Fabio J. Fernández, Adjunct Professor, Massachusetts College of Art and Design


Colleene Fesko

Fine Art Consultant


John Kelsey and Sally Wilson

Wilson Kelsey Design


Michelle Millar Fisher, Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, MFA


Rita A. Fucillo,

Art New England


Nonie Gadsden,

Curator of Decorative Arts & Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Greg Galer, Executive Director

Boston Preservation Alliance


David J Hacin and Tim Grafft, FAIA

Hacin + Associates


Eric Haydel, Principal-Creative Director, Eric Haydel Design


Lee Hershberg

Design Edge Boston


Kyle Hoepner, Writer, editor, stylist and image consultant


Allison Iantosca,

Owner/President, F.H. Perry Builders


Diane and David Jensen

Jensen Fine Arts


Joyce Kulhawik & Andrew Cohen


Dean Lahikainen

Curator of American Decorative Art, Peabody Essex Museum


Theodore C. Landsmark

Denise Lebica

Director, Fuller Craft Museum

Meghan Melvin

Sharf Curator of Design, MFA Boston

Jim and Susan M-Geough


Marilee Boyd Meyer


Kevin McCaskill

Executive Director, Madison Park Technical Vocational HS


Tim Montgomery

Publisher, New Venture Media


Betty Moore

Publisher, Builder + Architect


Janet Oberto


Shannon Pastuszak, Publisher, Modern Luxury Interiors Boston


Melanie Perillo

Publisher, Boston Design Guide


Jason Talbot

Deputy Director, Artists for Humanity


Andrea Timpano

Editor, Boston Home


Eric Rhoads

Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine


John Smiroldo,

Antiques and Fine Art Magazine


Charles Spada

Owner, Charles Spada


Don Sparacin,

Publisher, The Magazine Antiques


Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director,

Griffin Museum of Photography


Bill Trifone, William Trifone, Inc.


Sarah Turner, President, North Bennet Street School

Rebecca Velazquez,

SOCO\New England Monthly


David and Christine Zimmerman,

Boston Spirit Magazine

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