Apr 08, 2024

Boston Design Center Welcomes New England Design Community to 11th Annual Spring Market

Full-Day Program on May 1 to Feature Barclay Butera, David Netto, Brian Sawyer, Nina Farmer, and More

BOSTON, MA (APRIL 8, 2024) – Designers will have another reason to visit the Seaport this spring as The Boston Design Center (BDC) holds its 11th Annual Spring Market on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, coinciding with Boston Design Week (April 23 - May 6). The full day of programming will feature esteemed designers Barclay Butera, David Netto, Brian Sawyer, and Nina Farmer, and include panels, lectures, book signings, open houses, and networking events.

Highlights from this year’s program include:

  • Cowtan & Tout Open House: View the newly introduced Manuel Canovas 2024 collection, which features a repertoire of multicolored decorative designs alongside exquisite small-scale patterns suitable for upholstery, performance fabrics, graphic jacquards, vibrant semi-plains, and trimmings. Suite 316, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Visual Comfort & Co. Panel: Visual Comfort & Co. will host a panel, Getting Published: How to Style and Shoot Projects for Editorial Impact. The panel will be moderated by Jaci Conry, Editor in Chief of Boston Home, and include Benjamin Reynaert of Domino Style, photographer Michael J. Lee, and Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, both of Carrier and Company. Suite 332, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Phillip Jeffries Destination Collection Preview: Discover and experience the new May 2024 collection from Phillip Jeffries, “Destination,” which was inspired by the luxurious elements of island living. Suite 232, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Splendid India: A Journey Through Design: Inspired by a transformative trip to northern India led by award-winning designer Vani Sayeed, this panel will engage guests in a stimulating conversation with prominent designers Dane Austin, Jill Litner Kaplan, Alisha Serras, Niki Serras, and Vani Sayeed about the design inspirations they garnered from their travels. Photos from the trip will also be on display. Suite 332, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Creative Collaboration: Architecture, Interiors, and Landscapes: Moderated by Jenna Talbott, Editor in Chief of New England Home, this panel discussion will feature David Netto of David Netto Design, Brian Sawyer of Sawyer | Berson, and Nina Farmer of Nina Farmer Interiors. Suite 332, 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  • Barclay Butera: Creating a Design Empire: West Coast icon and interior Designer Barclay Butera will reflect on the last three decades in interior design, licensing, publishing, and more. Butera will share some of his life lessons and experiences in the business and reveal what lies ahead. Suite 332, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Boston Design Center is New England’s premier resource for design professionals—with showrooms featuring over 1,200 luxury product lines of fabric, furniture, lighting, antiques, fine art, wall and floor coverings, kitchen and bath components, and contract services.

The BDC sits within the Innovation and Design Building, a 1.4 million-square-foot mixed-use complex located in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood. The eight-story structure, owned by a joint venture of Jamestown and Related Beal since 2020, was constructed in 1918 and originally served as a waterside storehouse for the South Boston Army Base. Today, the Innovation and Design Building’s light-filled floors are home to a diverse mix of companies, including architecture and creative studios, manufacturing, research, and development firms, life sciences and biotech companies, and technology startups.

The Boston Design Center opened its doors in 1985, and Jamestown organized the first Spring Market in 2014, following its acquisition of the property in 2013.

“We are focused on creating thoughtful and dimensional programming that connects the Boston Design Center showrooms and provides meaningful experiences for designers,” said Michael Phillips, President of Jamestown. “For over a decade, the Spring Market has been a convening place and celebration of the New England Design community. This year’s program will foster more creative interaction and continue that legacy.”

Full Spring Market programming can be found here. Photos of the BDC can be found here.

About Related Beal

Related Beal is a fully integrated real estate firm focused on development opportunities in Boston and its surrounding areas. Related Beal leverages a national real estate platform with expertise across all asset classes and storied local experience in residential, commercial, hospitality and life sciences development, property management and investment. Related Beal has developed, and is undertaking the development of, some of the most recognized buildings in the area including The Clarendon, One Back Bay, Lovejoy Wharf, The Beverly, The Quinn, One Kenmore Square, Innovation Square, Channelside, and more.

About Jamestown

Jamestown is a global, design-focused real estate investment and management firm with a 40-year track record and mission to create places that inspire. Since its founding in 1983, Jamestown has executed transactions totaling approximately $40 billion. As of December 31, 2023, Jamestown has assets under management of $11.6 billion and a portfolio spanning key markets throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. Jamestown employs more than 500 people worldwide with headquarters in Atlanta and Cologne, and offices in Amsterdam, Bogotá, Boston, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Current and previous projects include One Times Square and Chelsea Market in New York, Industry City in Brooklyn, Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, the Innovation and Design Buildings in Boston and Lisbon, and Groot Handelsgebouw in Rotterdam. For more information, visit