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  • Best of Boston for Design Lovers

    Shops, museums and notable architecture in bean town.

    • Feb 2017
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  • Museum of Fine Arts

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    Art Museum

    Check out the new Art of the Americas wing, an airy atrium that connects the historic main building to the natural landscape of the Fens beyond.

  • Gropius House

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    Historic Site

    Technically an hour outside Boston (and only open certain days and hours), this is a national historic landmark built by Walter Gropius in 1938.

  • MIT Stata Center (Building 32)

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    Technology

    Designed by Frank Gehry, this wild, undulating building is a highlight of the MIT campus.

  • MIT Chapel (Building W15)

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    Spiritual

    The interior of this chapel, designed by Eero Saarinen, is spectacularly minimal. Wood, brick and a hanging installation create a contemplative space.

  • Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

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    Quad

    Le Corbusier's only building ever to be realized in North America, this concrete beauty is the home of Harvard's art center.

  • Lekker Home

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    Furniture / Home

    A relaxed, casual vibe permeates the minimal yet colorful designs of the objects and furniture in this store.

  • Hudson

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    Furniture / Home

    California cool meets New England preppy, this pretty store feels like a chic movie set. With an unlimited budget I would buy this whole store.

  • Mint Julep

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    Boutique

    A very cute shop full of colorful fashion and accessories. Slightly pricey but good quality items.

  • Bob's Your Uncle

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    Art Gallery

    The couple that runs this shop is super friendly, with an eye for well designed, colorful products. Stationery, home goods, and more to be found here.

  • Harvard Book Store

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    Bookstore

    Great staff recommendations in this beautiful, historic store. Check out their basement for a crazy extensive selection of used art books in great condition.

  • Black Ink

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    Gift Shop

    Black Ink is like kryptonite for my wallet. I want to buy everything in here from games to posters to toys to housewares. Trust me, this place is AWESOME.

  • Institute of Contemporary Art

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    Art Museum

    An impressive collection housed in a spectacular modern building right on the Boston harbor. Their gift shop is to die for, so don't miss it.