Oooh! Wait! Did I tell you about our meal at the Eastern Standard? Laudy, laudy was that good. I highly recommend. It's in Kenmore Square, right on Commonwealth Ave. Oh dear, now I need a moment to remove the thought of house-smoked trout with arugula and pomegranate salad and creme fraiche from my head........okay. Wait.........Okay.
On our third day in Boston, we made a very disappointing trip to the Boston Design Center. We were looking for lobby lighting for a REALLY FREAKING COOL MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT in downtown Holyoke.
One of us (not me) is an architect. Being an actual architect, with a stamp and everything, entitled one of us (not me) to walk around the Boston Design Center wearing a sticker that read 'Design Professional', while I was forced to hide a lousy 'Visitor' sticker under my coat. How can a man who's never heard of Scalamadre or Lee Jofra call himself a DESIGN PROFESSIONAL?!? Okay, okay, he can build stuff real good. But I pick out soft furnishings real good. So there. 'Visitor' indeed.
I've never experienced the 'to the trade' thing. Ever. While I adore my shelter magazines, I buy my trash cans at Target thank you very much. I think the closest I've come to 'to the trade' was via my mom's once a year trip to the Baker Furniture Factory Sale in Grand Rapids. Once a year, if one rose at the butt-crack of dawn and stood in line, one could gain entry to a factory floor full of Baker Furniture and fabrics at ridiculous prices.
I found the Boston Design Center to be Very Dis-a-POINT-ing. There was not one, not even in a catalog, modern looking light fixture in the whole building. Is it possible that the Boston design market doesn't purchase lighting that looks as though it was made before 1940? Luckily, we did find a really cool light store on Boylston Ave. Neena's Lighting was AWESOME and full of inspiration.
Neena's may even have had a light fixture for the REALLY FREAKING COOL MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT lobby.
But you know design professionals - they're very finicky, so we'll have to wait and see.