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On March 19, Boston kicked off its second annual Design Week. The city-wide festival celebrates all aspects of design, including interior design, architecture, and landscape design. Produced by Fusco & Four Ventures LLC, Boston Design Week boasts over eighty events ranging from book signings and panel discussions to exhibitions and open houses. The goal of the festival is to increase public awareness and appreciation of design, foster recognition of the vital role that design plays in our lives, and bring new audiences to an array of design industries and organizations. While the flurry of related events can be daunting, we’ve selected a handful of not-to-be-missed Boston Design Week happenings.

Visit to read more about Boston Design Week events featuring leading interior designers.

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From lavish gowns to little black dresses to practical sportswear to a creepy-crawly necklace, fashion is the subject of a comprehensive art show and chic adventure at the Legion of Honor.

“High Style” covers the evolution of modern women’s clothing design through displays of 65 dressed mannequins and 35 accessories from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dating from 1910 to 1980, these pieces include seminal designs by luminaries from the French couture houses and by celebrated and lesser-known American artists. Special presentations salute Britain-born American designer Charles James and some of American fashion design’s leading women.

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A Piero Fornasetti Retrospective Opens in Paris

Few design objects are as immediately recognizable as Piero Fornasetti’s (1913-1988) ceramic plates. They are boldly graphic and deliciously surreal, boasting an array of trompe l'oeil motifs that range from fish and flowers to the face of Lina Cavalieri -- a nineteenth-century opera singer. But Fornasetti did not stop at ceramics. Between the 1940s and the 1980s, the Milanese artist and designer created over 13,000 works. He churned out furniture, fabrics, and a swathe of decorative objects -- from trays and paperweights to screens and umbrella stands -- emblazoned with his distinct and irreverent designs.

Fornasetti is the subject of a major retrospective currently on view at the Louvre’s Les Arts Décoratifs, in Paris. To read more about the Piero Fornasetti exhibit, visit

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Mary Foley and Michael Cox, principals of the New York-based firm Foley & Cox Interiors, have been designing sumptuous spaces, both domestically and abroad, for over fifteen years. From stately residential projects to yachts and private aircraft interiors, Foley & Cox creates distinctive spaces that are incredibly elegant yet approachable. Recognized for its style and versatility, the firm believes that working closely with clients -- taking cues from their perceptions, preferences, and passions -- is the key to creating comfortably luxurious living environments. Because these bespoke interiors are infused with the client’s own personality, tastes, and style, they instantly become the most personal of places -- home.

Mary and Michael both possess a wealth of knowledge when it comes to furniture design, customized color palettes, and interior architecture.

Visit InCollect to learn more about Foley & Cox's favorite fine art, decorative objects, and

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On Saturday, March 21, 2015, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will offer fine art, furniture, and decorative objects from Lars Bolander’s private collection. One of Sweden’s foremost interior designers, Bolander is also a leading design figure stateside. Influenced by his diverse background, Scandinavian heritage, and extensive travels, Bolander has developed a singular style that celebrates simplicity as well as theatricality. From mountaintop cottages to Caribbean homes, Bolander’s designs deftly blend ideas and geographic styles, making him a favorite among international clientele.

Bolander’s fascination with design, particularly furniture, was solidified during his early education at the Stockholm School of Art and continued to flourish under the tutelage of the legendary Swedish designer Carl Malmsten.

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On Tuesday, March 11, 2015, Thomas P. Campbell, the Director and CEO of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced that David Chipperfield Architects (DCA) has been selected to redesign the institution’s Southwest Wing for modern and contemporary art. The British firm will also potentially redesign the neighboring galleries for the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, as well as additional operational spaces.

The Met’s selection process included an international design competition led by a committee of the museum’s Board of Trustees. According to a press release from the Met, Campbell said, “We based the final selection of an architect on three criteria: vision, experience, and compatibility. David Chipperfield’s global architectural experience and sensibility, along with his commitment to the collaborative aspect of creating architecture, make him a perfect partner on this milestone project.”

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For almost a century, Milanese jeweler Buccellatihas kept the art of the Italian Renaissance at the core of their design philosophy, but with the opening of their Madison Avenue flagship on March 12, the house’s designers have found themselves dipping into a new creative pool: Impressionism.

Entitled "Timeless Blue," a capsule of one-of-a-kind jewels has been created in response to masterpieces by French, American and Russian masters Claude Monet, Pierre Bonnard, Winslow Homer, Mikhail Larionov and Odilon Redon.

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During their 30-plus years in the design world, William and Phyllis Taylor, the husband-and-wife team behind the Miami Beach-based firm Taylor & Taylor, have cultivated a lush, tropical aesthetic that has become their signature style. William, a fifth-generation Floridian, creates architecture that forges strong connections between nature and the built environment, while Phyllis, a native New Yorker, designs interiors that complement and respond to the coastal climate and vibrant landscape.

The couple believes that Florida is not only a state but a state of mind. Inspired by the land’s indigenous elements, such as  light, pattern, and texture, the Taylors’ interpretation of Classic Florida Design is defined by a casual approach to living and an aesthetic that is at once refined and exuberant.

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The Rhode Island School of Design has received $2.5 million from David Rockefeller to endow a curatorial position at the school’s museum and to support a new gallery.

RISD announced Monday that Rockefeller’s pledge would fund and expand the museum’s collection of decorative arts and design.

RISD says the majority of the money will go toward a position to lead the department of decorative arts and design.

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On Friday, March 13, 2015, the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) -- the most distinguished art and antiques show in the world -- will open to the public. Held in Maastricht, a picturesque medieval city in the southernmost part of the Netherlands, this year’s fair will feature 275 leading galleries from twenty countries.

In addition to the traditional areas of Old Master paintings and antique furniture, TEFAF presents a wide variety of modern and contemporary art, jewelry, and twentieth-century design, which is featured in a small yet mighty section titled TEFAF Design.

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