Last night Circle Furniture in Boston generously hosted the kick off party (or tweet up) for a new design group called Social Interiors. It was a chance for designers, craftsman, vendors and other people in the trade who have met via social media tools to actually get together in real life (IRL) to hopefully become friends and collaborate on projects going forward. Many of the designers that I have known in the Boston area are, like me, independent principals with less than a handful of employees, so events like these are welcome opportunities to get out there and mingle with our peers. What I love most about connecting with them is that we all have different war stories, different tastes, different clientele, and difference resources. Up until recent years, this type of information was held close to the vest, but now, it's being shared, and our little community is becoming a strong front in the design industry. By making these personal (and professional) connections, everyone seems to realize that there is enough business to go around, and by supporting one another, business grows.
So here's a shout out to all of my homies in the Boston design community (and to those who I know though Twitter and Facebook). Please take a moment to check out some of their websites, read their blogs, follow them, follow who they follow, and pass along their contacts.
Julinann Covine of Jace Interiors/Create Girl
Mally Skok of Mally Skok Design
Rachel Reider of Rachel Reider Interiors
Leslie Fine of Leslie Fine Interiors
Kristen Rivoli of Kristen Rivoli Interior Design
Christine Tuttle of Christine Tuttle Interior Design
Vani Sayeed of Vani Sayeed Studios
Karole Moe of Karole Moe Art
Yvonne Blacker of Yvonne Blacker Interiors
Katie Rosenfeld of Katie Rosenfeld Design
Gretchen Aubuchon of Gretchen Aubuchon Design / Fashion + Decor
Michael J Lee of Michael J Lee Photography
Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B Design