Ivy at Boston Design Market

A Boston Design Market Guide for Interior Designers


IvyMark is a proud partner of the Boston Design Market this year, hosted at the Boston Design Center. Looking for some guidance on how to make the most out of BDM? Review this guide with contributed tips by BDM insiders. Be sure to RSVP for the Innovators in Design Panel on Wednesday, October 11 at 4:00 PM EDT to catch IvyMark Co-Founder, Lee Rotenberg, live!

Photography courtesy of @bostondesigncenter


You can follow directions to get to the Boston Design Center here. Rather than spending time finding a parking spot, splurge the $20 for valet.


Don’t miss the following keynote speakers, including the Innovators in Design Panel with IvyMark Co-Founder Lee Rotenberg.

Wednesday, October 11

Gil Schafer: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT. RSVP here.

Award-winning architect and author of the new book “A Place to Call Home,” Gil Schafer believes the most successful houses are the ones that celebrate living—houses with timeless charm that are imbued with memory and a distinct sense of place.Join Schafer as he opens the doors to his world of comfortable classicism, sharing some of the firm’s most recent, and exciting, projects from around the country. Schafer will walk us through the inner workings of his distinctive approach—from concrete techniques to the more emotional and intuitive aspects of his process—showing how he brings his projects to life and fills them with soul.

Innovators in Design Panel: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT. RSVP here. 

This panel is comprised of business stakeholders who have recognized the need for change and subsequently built solutions that will ensure their continued relevance. Moderated by Kyle Hoepner (Editor-in-Chief of New England Home). Panelists include Peter Sallick (CEO & Creative Director of Waterworks & CEO of Dering Hall, Inc.), Lee Rotenberg (Co-Founder of IvyMark), Timur Yumusaklar (CEO of F. Schumacher & Co. & Patterson Flynn Martin).

Thursday, October 12

Trends Forecasting: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT. RSVP here

This year’s trends panel moves away from the traditional meaning of “trends” and becomes a lively presentation by four commentators on trend forecasting. How does one actually anticipate what is going to be considered on trend in the future? What are some innovative tools that can help you stay ahead of the curve? This topic will be explored across Interior Design, cuisine, and culture as examined in each issue of ID Boston Magazine. Panelists will include Jesse Lazarus (EVP of Business & Innovation at Kravet), Suzi Hlavacek (Art Consultant of Boston Art) and Christine Liu (Executive Editor of Website Content at America’s Test Kitchen).

Giving Back: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT. RSVP here

As part of the Boston Design Center’s commitment to salute the brands in our industry that strive to make a difference either globally, locally, or in their workplace culture, Giving Back salutes those selfless members of our community and encourages self-reflection about how we can ensure the growth of our business also means the growth of our footprint on other. The panel will be moderated by Gail Ravgiala (Editor of Design New England Magazine). Panelists include Catherine Connolly (CEO and Owner of Merida), Jakub Staron (Owner and Designer of J.D. Staron), Olivia Lord (Marketing Manager of Jewett Farms + Co.),  and Philip Bershad (President of Phillip Jeffries). Heading Home, a non-profit organization that re-houses and provides a supported pathway to self-sufficiency for young families in the Boston area, has partnered with New England Home Magazine and Boston Design Center to put together a fabulous 3 day extravaganza of fun, food and design. In addition to the Giving Back Panel, attend Boston’s very first Dine by Design Event! RSVP here.


Come to learn and expand your expertise! Register for the programs you plan to attend here.

Wednesday, October 11

9:30 AM – Paint Technology: Chemistry and Performance (Paint 101) – presented by Benjamin Moore and hosted by Robert Allen

1:00 PM – Color: Pigment to Perception – presented and hosted by Farrow and Ball

3:00 PM – One Hour Shower – presented by Moen and hosted by Century Furniture

Thursday, October 12

9:30 AM – Dyed in the Wool – presented by Leah Augustine Phillips and hosted by Carlisle

1:00 PM – Ward Bennett: Giant of Minimalism – presented by Geiger + Herman Miller and hosted by Creative Office Pavilion

3:00 PM – Creativity at Work: Blur the Edges – presented by Steelcase and hosted by Duralee


Map out which showrooms you’d like to hit ahead of time. With over 1,200 luxury product lines of fabric, furniture, lighting, antiques, fine art, wall and floor coverings, kitchen and bath design and contract services, the Boston Design Center showrooms have the most extensive and innovative choices for customized interior furnishings in New England. Review a full list of BDC showrooms here.


At 10:00 AM EDT on Wednesday and Thursday, a number of pop-up shops from artisans and makers will be making a splash. 10% of proceeds from all purchases will be donated to Heading Home.

In Suite 144, next to Au Bon Pain, Masterpiece Gallery is teaming up with Dowel Furniture.

In Suite 204, Galerie d’Orsay is showing pieces from its collection of art, featuring works by preeminent old masters, impressionist and modern artists, and internationally renowned living artists.

In Suites 208 and 212, behind GRANGE and Galerie D’Orsay, Boston Art will install large-scale, contemporary pieces from their collection. They are also hosting the Trends Forecasting reception in this location on October 12 at 11:30 a.m.

In Galley West (Suite 200), BDC is hosting: Camden Hydes, Choix Home, immerLit, India Hicks, Jill, Rosenwald Studio, Lladro, Sara Campbell, Shepherd’s Run Jewelry, Sweetgum Textiles, and Trident Booksellers

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