A Closer Look: Boston Design Center

With more than 350,000 square feet of showroom space and 1,200 exceptional product lines available, it might be a bit of an understatement to refer to Boston Design Center as shopping nirvana for homeowners. And with those products ranging from fabric lines from Kravet, Brunschwig & Fils and Scalamandré, to furnishings from Lee Jofa and Grange, Christopher Peacock Cabinetry, and paint and wallpaper from Farrow & Ball, BDC accomplishes the seemingly undoable in bringing together extraordinary quantity and exquisite quality.

Boston Design Center

Located at One Design Center Place in Boston’s Seaport District, the sheer size of BDC can make one’s first visit a bit overwhelming. Many homeowners opt to shop with their interior designer or builder. Because it was once to-the-trade only – purchases were restricted to design professionals – odds are that your designer will be familiar with which showrooms within BDC might most appeal to you, and have favorite go-to locations as well.


With the introduction of their Designer on Call program, the BDC is open to homeowners who are free to make selections of their own. When the time comes to make a purchase, the Designer on Call – many of whom are top interior designers in the region – can assist in accurately completing orders. As so many of the items available at the center will be custom made, exacting detail is crucial!

A more recent change at BDC which is also geared toward homeowners is the newly-launched Market Stalls. Housed in the recently-renovated west wing on the second floor of the BDC, the Market Stalls feature antique pieces from around the world which are offered by a carefully-curated selection of well-respected dealers.

Nearby restaurants make spending an entire day at BDC an easy endeavor. Numerous hotels in the Seaport District make spending a night – or two – a smart option for those traveling from outside the city.

The finest furnishings and fabrics, lighting, carefully-crafted cabinetry, accessories and art, tile, paints… the list goes on: Shopping nirvana indeed.

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