Annual Tradition at Boston Design Center

Friday, 02 December 2016 18:33

Continuing from last week's inside view of Boston Design Market, this year's market added additional pop-up shops spread throughout the design center. Between presentations and classes, attendees had the leisurely pleasure of strolling through and viewing many handmade creations at their best.

Boston-Made and Friends Pop-Up Market felt like one was strolling through an open air market. This pop-up was set up on the first floor, with the door open and the fresh Boston Harbor breezes filtering through the space -- the feel of walking through your local farmers market was in the air. Handmade treasures of pillows, table linens, knives, florals and carved wooden spoons, to mention a few, were available for purchase.


The New England Sculptors Association was an exhibit not to be missed. Founded in 1948, NESA is one of the leading art organizations in the country to advance the understanding and appreciation of sculpture. Executive Director Marilyn Ewer was on hand to provide a guided tour around the unique sculpture exhibit. A few of my favorites are worth mentioning. Halo is a piece designed and created by Jane Estella of Found Object Sculpture. It's a unique creation comprised of a driftwood base with a circular piece of found industrial metal. Visit Estella's work at Another charming artist on hand was Douglas Gray. Gray's sculptures interested me as he told the story of how his inspiration came to him creating The Rope.

He always works in steel and iron, and is outdoors as he relies on shadows to achieve a positive and negative balance in his work. As Gray gets older, he notes that the lines in his work become softer. In Doug's words, "I create the design and balance, God does the finish." Learn more at

Artist and designer Irina Gorbman of Art That Heals, was located in a wonderfully sunlit showroom on the third floor of the design center.

With the rays of sunlight pouring through the building's oversized windows, Gorbman's vibrant artwork effortlessly drew in marketgoers. Not only were her paintings spectacular in color, her fashion designs on exhibit were colorfully wild and whimsical. Gorbman noted that her fashion designs were also on exhibit at this year's Boston Fashion Week. For the home, Gorbman has also transformed her artwork into the wallcovering. Not only could one purchase her paintings, they can be coordinated with wallcovering in an adjacent room for flow of design and balance in a space. More of Gorbman's work can be seen at

Shoe buckles and sterling silver accessories were on display in a pop up by JW Reilly. Judith Reilly created designs of sterling silver shoe buckles after finding a pair of antique ones in her grandmother's dresser drawer. Reilly's designs are not only stunning, but exclusively made by New England craftsmen using the same hand-hammered technique invented centuries ago. Visit to see more of her creations.

So many wonderful artists and designers had pop up shops available to view their handmade designs. Here is a list of others that had the opportunity to showcase their goods:

  • Alicia Adams Alpaca (fine Alpaca products)
  • Viz Design (from Rebecca Vizard antique textiles, pillows and accessories)
  • The Carnival Collection (rugs designed exclusively for Dover Rug by interior designer Eric Haydel)
  • India Hicks (shoulder bags, lotions, candles and fragrances)
  • Kyu by Kesi (ready-to-wear accessories)
  • Lux, Bond & Green (luxury jeweler, Hermes and more)
  • Rodan + Fields (premium skincare)
  • Studio KS (fine linens and tabletop accessories)
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