IT'S A DESIGN-INDUSTRY VERSION OF “WATCH what happens.” Invite designers, vendors, and contractors to transform the stunning raw space of a new residential tower in a glittering city setting. Result: Wow! Officially known as Inspired Concepts by DVC (Designers, Vendors, Contractors), the designer showcase on the 20lh floor of the W Boston Hotel & Residences puts the spotlight on the region's immense talent pool. Seven designers were each assigned a condo: a studio, three one bedrooms, and three two bedrooms. “Strategically, the designer spaces have been a huge success because they show the possibilities of these architecturally interesting units,” says Kevin Ahearn, president of Otis & Ahearn Real Estate, the agency marketing the residences, and one of the innovators of the Inspired Concepts idea.
We zeroed in on two designers, Eric Roseff and Meichi Peng, whose units had particularly challenging configurations. The other firms involved in the project were Planeta Basque Boston, Terrat Elms Interior Design, Ally Coulter Designs, Fotene Design, and Mark Christofi Interiors, and all hit the mark for hot new ideas and urban sophistication.
Peter Webster, vice president of Webster & Co., a showroom at the Boston Design Center, and the other force behind the showcase, sums up the efforts of all involved succinctly: “Amazing and heroic.”