September Design Events

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Business Innovation Factory Summit

  • Wed, Sep 13
  • Business Innovation Factory
  • 201 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903

At the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) Summit, 500 people come together in a historic theater to hear 15-minute stories of transformation, as 32 people from many different industries and sectors tell the...

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Your Blue Store: Inventing a New Kind of Retail

  • Wed, Sep 13
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield RI, Kelly Taylor Interior Design, KITE Architects
  • 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm
  • Highland Commons, 71 Highland Ave, East Providence, RI 02914

“What are we selling?” This is the question KITE and KTID first asked Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) in regards to designing their new retail concept: Your...

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Design Details: Finishing Touches That Matter

  • Wed, Sep 13
  • American Society of Interior Designers NE (ASIDNE)
  • 5:30 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 413 Central Ave Suite 300, Pawtucket, RI 02861

Please join American Society of Interior Designers – Rhode Island Design Community for an evening of networking and meet industry professionals whose products and services contribute to interior design here in...


Experiential Learning by Design

  • Thu, Sep 14
  • IYRS
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • IYRS School of Technology and Trades (Brooks Building), 449 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840

High-tech innovation is rapidly reshaping the modern learning community. Delivering a high quality educational experience is different today. At IYRS, our students engage in making high-caliber 3-dimensional objects at scale....


These Walls Can Talk: Celebrating Doris Duke as Tastemaker

  • Thu, Sep 14
  • Design New England
  • 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm
  • 680 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840

Fine and decorative arts connoisseur, fashion icon, and preservationist, Doris Duke (1912-1993) left an indelible mark on all things design. Design New England magazine channeled her astute taste and style...

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Art, Fashion & Celebrity Culture with Designer Leah Benjamin

  • Thu, Sep 14
  • Newport Art Museum
  • 5:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • 76 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840

The Newport Art Museum and DESIGNxRI invite you to join us in a collaborative design event, “Art, Fashion & Celebrity Culture with Designer Leah Benjamin.” Admire the stunning architecture of...



  • Thu, Sep 14
  • NAIL
  • 5:30 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 63 Eddy St., Providence, RI 02903

Teams of two will face off in a two-hour event aimed at solving a creative/design problem for a local non-profit. At the start of the event, a representative from...

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  • Thu, Sep 14
  • AS220
  • 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm
  • 131 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903

Let the printers at the AS220 Community Printshop guide you through several low-key and fun printing projects in a relaxed environment. Hang out, socialize, and learn from the welcoming members...

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Design to Commercialization: The Impact of Industrial Design on IP

  • Fri, Sep 15
  • Polaris MEP
  • 11:30 am — 2:00 pm
  • Brown School of Engineering, Prince Lab, 182 Hope St, Box D, Providence, RI 02906

With a strong design and manufacturing sector and a deep educational institution base, Rhode Island has the structural pieces for maximizing the commercialization process. But what stops synergies and collaborations...

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Happy Hour with Focal Upright

  • Fri, Sep 15
  • Focal Upright
  • 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm
  • 42 Ladd St. Floor, 3, Suite 321, East Greenwich, RI 02818

Join the Focal Upright team and founder Martin Keen (KEEN Footwear) for drinks at their new studio on East Greenwich Bay! Get a sneak peek at design thinking in action...


IMMERSE: An interactive and experiential extravaganza | Kick Off Party

  • Fri, Sep 15
  • 6:00 pm — 10:00 pm
  • 60 Valley St, Providence, RI 02909

IMMERSE An interactive and experiential extravaganza. Join us for this Kick Off Party for DESIGN WEEK RI 2017! Immerse yourself in drones, making, letterpress, visuals and more. Design | Demonstrations | Tours | Libations ...


A Buffet of Blocks, Bytes, and Bars

  • Sat, Sep 16
  • Providence Children's Museum
  • 11:00 am — 2:00 pm
  • 100 South Street, Providence, RI 02903

A Buffet of Blocks, Bytes, and Bars will be open for exploring! Providence Children’s Museum offers an open studio with ongoing drop in design activities. Join the Community Engagement...


Film Screening: Konstantin Grcic - Design is Work

  • Sat, Sep 16
  • Providence Art + Design Film Festival
  • 1:00 pm — 2:30 pm
  • 204 South Main Street Providence, RI 02903

The ART AND DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL in collaboration with DESIGN WEEK RI presents the North American premiere of Design is Work. Design is beautiful but also hard work. The film...

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COLOR x DESIGN Block Party

  • Sat, Sep 16
  • 6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • 425 West Fountain St, Providence RI

AIGA RI HOSTS: COLORxDESIGN BLOCK PARTY A photographic experience during DESIGN WEEK RI. + Sweets by Erms Cupcakes! + Frozen treats by The Big Freezy! + Aura readings by Bright Future Aura Photography! ...

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Designing Traditions in Textiles

  • Sun, Sep 17
  • RISD Museum
  • 1:00 pm — 3:00 pm
  • 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI, 02903

RISD textile design students share innovations and techniques used to create new work inspired by Asian textiles and clothing from the Museum’s collections. This new work is on view...

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10,000 SUNS: Cultivating the Urban Landscape through Seeds and Community

  • Sun, Sep 17
  • 10,000 SUNS
  • 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm
  • Between S. Main St., S. Water St., and Dollar St, Providence RI, 02903

Come for a tour of the 10,000 SUNS Project led by Landscape Architect Adam E. Anderson, in which the project’s artistic, cultural, political, and ecological pursuits will be highlighted. The...

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The Secret Life of Power and Water

  • Mon, Sep 18
  • KITE Architects
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • Pearl Street Lofts, One Central Street, Providence RI 02907

What would your life be like without electricity? Or without clean water? Over the last century we have come to assume that reliable and affordable utilities will be there for...


Creative Firms and Corporations: Partnering to Achieve Strategic Goals with Design Thinking

  • Mon, Sep 18
  • (add)ventures, CVS
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 117 Chapman St. Providence, RI 02905

Join creative minds for a conversation about how to develop mutually beneficial relationships that balance corporate business objectives with top-notch design. Wayne Vieira, SVP, Design/Creative at (add)ventures and...

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A Landscape Designer’s Personal Garden

  • Mon, Sep 18
  • Louis Raymond Designs
  • 12:00 pm — 2:30 pm
  • 495 Main Street, Hopkinton, RI 02833

Personal gardens are different from client gardens not just in degree but in species. Client gardens are created, willingly and with joy, to solve the problems and satisfy the dreams...

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Happy Hour with Ximedica

  • Mon, Sep 18
  • Ximedica
  • 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm
  • 55 Dupont Drive Providence, RI 02907

Please join Ximedica at their Providence location for happy hour and a food truck! Attendees will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with Ximedica’s team of designers, and...

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Ryan Lesser: Unpacking Game Design

  • Mon, Sep 18
  • 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • 115 Empire St, Providence, RI 02903

Unpacking Game Design: A tour of this fast-paced, high-stakes industry On the heels of HASCON, game designer, artist, musician and long-time Providence resident, Ryan Lesser, unpacks the game design industry...

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Print Shop Tour with DWRI Letterpress

  • Tue, Sep 19
  • DWRI Letterpress
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 40 Rice St. Suite 1, Providence, RI 02907

Join DWRI Letterpress for an introduction to letterpress printing. You’ll get a tour of our shop and an in depth history of letterpress printing from inception to modern techniques....

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Creating a Culture of Collaboration

  • Tue, Sep 19
  • Design Office, Studio Rainwater, Work-Shop
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 204 Westminster St, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02903

Collaboration is fundamental to the design process: from working with clients and vendors to finding creative partners. The Design Office is a group of small design firms and independent practitioners...


The Future of Retail Design: Experience is Everything

  • Tue, Sep 19
  • Designer151 Studios
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 1005 Main St. Unit 1205, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Designer151 Studios has been designing for the Retail Environment for 15 years and has experienced many changes in technology, shopping and consumer insights over this time. Manuel Cordeiro, the Founder and...

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The Impact of Your Environment on Wellness and Healing

  • Tue, Sep 19
  • Blakely Interior Design
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 650 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852

Since the beginning of time we have sought to be in spaces that make us feel good. We are sensitive to our surroundings and seek out environments with certain qualities....


Take a Walk on the West Side

  • Tue, Sep 19
  • Cleverhood, DownCity Designs, Long Live Beerworks
  • 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm
  • 425 W Fountain St, Providence, RI 02903

Have a drink with some neighbors, friends, and startups at the 425 West Fountain Strip Mall, hosted by DownCity Design, Long Live Beerworks. and Cleverhood. These events are being recorded and...

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Open House: Coastal Living Design Center - Cancelled due to hurricane

  • Tue, Sep 19
  • Maloney Interiors, Paul Weber Architects, Katie Hutchison Studio, Sunflower Designs
  • 5:30 pm — 8:30 pm
  • 147 Water St., Warren, RI 02885

The Coastal Living Design Center is a unique group of Architects, Builders, Designers, Landscapers, Craftsmen and Real Estate Experts catering to clients looking to maximize their lifestyles with their surroundings....

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Keynote Speaker: Anthony Pannozzo

  • Tue, Sep 19
  • RISD
  • 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • 20 N Main Street, Providence, RI

Joining us as the 4th annual DESIGN WEEK RI Keynote Speaker is Anthony Pannozzo, Executive Creative Director of frog design and the Customer Experience Design global practice lead. He will...

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Designing Our Cities

  • Wed, Sep 20
  • 8:30 am — 10:00 am
  • 82 Smith Street #208, Providence, RI 02903

Join us for a breakfast panel at the Rhode Island State House Library exploring the role design plays in designing our cities, within healthcare, infrastructure, education, and city services. These...


Silos of the Lambs: How Teams Break Down Walls, Build Trust, and Ship Good Work

  • Wed, Sep 20
  • MojoTech
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 56 Exchange Terrace Suite 210, Providence, RI 02903

MojoTech is a product design and engineering firm where designers and engineers work together all day, every day. This means communication is a constant concern—how do we make sure...


Handprinted - Natural Fibers and Organic Forms

  • Wed, Sep 20
  • Willywaw
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 31 Sextant Lane, Narragansett, RI 02882

Inspired by organic forms, from seaweed to mushroom spore prints, Ashley’s work grows from her observations of nature and are transported onto a range of textiles, paper and prints....

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The Flooding of the Ocean State: Strategies and Questions for the Future

  • Wed, Sep 20
  • Searle Design Group
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 1005 Main St. Unit 7030, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Searle Design Group has been engaging in research on climate change and how it impacts Rhode Island. Last September, SDG designed and built an educational installation about sea level rise...

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Happy Hour with Loft

  • Wed, Sep 20
  • Loft LLC
  • 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm
  • 1155 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02909

Join Loft LLC for Happy Hour at Ogie’s Trailer Park and a tour of their studio! Meet outside the entrance of Ogie’s at 4pm and go upstairs for...

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Marathon Clambake

  • Wed, Sep 20
  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm
  • 276 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903

Part of the DESIGN WEEK RI Speaker Series is Marathon Clambake, featuring presentations from four RI designers. Clambake is DESIGNxRI’s monthly gathering for design in Rhode Island. While there...

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PechaKucha Providence

  • Wed, Sep 20
  • Pecha Kucha Providence
  • 7:20 pm — 10:00 pm
  • 276 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903

If you haven’t heard of this global yet unpronounceable phenomenon, PechaKucha is a monthly format for sharing ideas in which presenters are allotted 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. Simply...

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Growing Your Design Business

  • Thu, Sep 21
  • Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses, Kyla Coburn Design, O&G Studio
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 1455 Westmnster St, Providence, RI 02909

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses invites you to enjoy lunch and join a conversation with local prominent designers about how to grow your design business. Our speakers are two design business...

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Immerse in the World of Interior Design at DiLeonardo

  • Thu, Sep 21
  • DiLeonardo
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 2348 Post Rd. #501, Warwick, RI 02886

Some may perceive Interior Design as just choosing furniture pieces, paint swatches and art work…but that is only a small fraction of what we actually do. We invite you...

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Catalyzing Social Systems Through Design

  • Thu, Sep 21
  • Business Innovation Factory
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 60 Valley St. #107B, Providence, RI 02909

Join experience designers from the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) to not only hear about our work, but to flex your creative muscles! Through BIF’s Experience Labs in education, healthcare,...



  • Thu, Sep 21
  • 6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • 475 Valley St, Providence, RI 02908

Join us for the Annual Celebration for Design in RI, now in its fourth year! DESIGNxRI inaugurates designers into the RI Design Hall of Fame at this culminating party during...

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Better World by Design 10th Anniversary Conference

  • Fri, Sep 22
  • Better World by Design

Better World by Design is a student-led initiative at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design that celebrates interdisciplinary collaboration between designers, educators, innovators, and learners. We envision a...


PARK(ing) Day Providence

  • Fri, Sep 22
  • ASLA and AIA
  • 9:00 am — 4:00 pm
  • Locations throughout Providence, RI

PARK(ing) Day is an annual, international event that brings together artists, designers, non‐profit organizations, and citizens to transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks known as parklets....


Balancing Buildings and Landscapes: Revitalizing Lincoln Woods Beach Complex - Cancelled due to Wind

  • Fri, Sep 22
  • Brewster Thornton Group Architects, and Landscape Elements LLC
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • Parking lot at Lincoln Woods State Park - Directions in description

On the shore of Olney Pond in Lincoln Woods State Park, three new buildings anchor a revitalized landscape that welcomes visitors to one of the most popular parks in the...

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Setting New Trends in the Art and Design Industry

  • Fri, Sep 22
  • Corporate Art Group
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 42 Ladd Street, Suite 103 East Greenwich, RI 02818

Corporate Art Group Inc. is a full service art & design firm supplying interior designers, architects, and businesses with custom art-packages. Over our past 35 years in business, we have put...

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Concept to Marketplace: Frustrations and Fulfillment in Developing a Design into Product

  • Fri, Sep 22
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 46 Dike St., Providence, RI 02909

We will walk you through the steps we use to successfully concept, prototype, produce, and market a new product. We want to inspire you to create and design objects. We...

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World-Class Performance Venues through Mass Timber

  • Fri, Sep 22
  • PresenceLab LLC hosted by Northeast Collaborative Architects
  • 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
  • 38 Washington Square, Newport, RI 02840

Ground-breaking pop-up performing art venues bring small and mid-size communities options for facilities that would otherwise be unaffordable. PresenceLab founder Alban Bassuet developed these structures following 20 years of designing performing...


Happy Hour with Fuzion

  • Fri, Sep 22
  • Fuzion
  • 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm
  • 161 Exchange St, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Join Fuzion Design for Happy Hour and a few tips on how to sell to the millennial! Come on by and enjoy a libation, pull up a stool at our...

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AIAri Scavenger Hunt

  • Fri, Sep 22
  • American Institute of Architects RI
  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm
  • One Empire St, Providence, RI 02903

Meet up, bring a team or join one, and hunt for architectural gems in the city hosted by the AIA ri! The last clue will be our meet up point...

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Elmwood Studios Party

  • Fri, Sep 22
  • Elmwood Studios
  • 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
  • 160 Narragansett Ave, Unit 2 Providence, RI

Nest Homeware, Oblique Studio, Studio Endo, and Work-Shop Design Studio celebrate one year in their shared shop space - Elmwood Studios. Come tour the studio, see what we’re working...

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Doors Open RI Festival

  • Sat, Sep 23
  • Doors Open RI
  • 10:00 am — 6:00 pm
  • Throughout Providence

Imagine receiving a set of keys to historic homes, theaters, sacred spaces, secret vaults, studios and more for free. For one day the Doors Open RI Festival will provide you...

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Ocean State Oyster Festival

  • Sat, Sep 23
  • Ocean State Oyster Festival
  • 1:00 pm — 7:00 pm
  • South Water St., Providence, RI 02903

The 3rd Annual Ocean State Oyster Festival aims to raise awareness of and celebrate Rhode Island’s aquaculture industry by providing a platform that helps expand RI’s aquaculture economy....



  • Sat, Sep 23
  • WaterFire
  • 6:30 pm — 11:00 pm
  • Providence, RI 02903

This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of...

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Suydam + Diepenbrock: Two Designers, Two Studios, A Way of Life

  • Sun, Sep 24
  • Didi Suydam and Peter Diepenbrock
  • 3:00 pm — 5:00 pm
  • 32 Hamilton Avenue, Jamestown, RI 02835

Join Peter Diepenbrock and Didi Suydam at their studios in Jamestown and learn how they have approached their respective practices in sculpture, contemporary jewelry and design. Since graduating from RISD...

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Sketch with RI ASLA

  • Mon, Sep 25
  • Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
  • 8:30 am — 10:00 am
  • 121 S Main St, Providence, RI 02903

Don Leighton, well known Rhode Island Landscape Architect and a member of RI ASLA, will lead a sketch tour of Downtown Providence locations. He has a passion for using sketching...