Design New England

Modern Duality – Design Salon at BoConcept


The wonderful speakers after presenting (from left to right: Rob Henry, Rosemary Porto, Andreana Bakert-Miceli, and Allison Iantosca)

Neither rain nor parking challenges nor Cambridge traffic could keep away the faithful attendees of last night’s Design Salon at the BoConcept showroom, who, from the extreme comfort of fabulous Danish furniture, learned about the finer points of modern accents in today’s design world.


Design New England Publisher Stephen Twombly introduced the speakers.

Kicking off the exploration of how a contemporary edge is incorporated into other styles was Allison Iantosca of esteemed builder F.H. Perry. Unknowingly, Allison initiated what would be a common thread throughout each of the speakers’ presentations: the unavoidable duality that is inherent in modern design in the homes of New England. Case in point was a gorgeous home that, to all external appearances, was of the traditional style but which had contrasting modern touches inside, proving that a home should never be judged purely by its façade.
Our next speaker, Rosemary Porto of Poggenpohl, continued to develop the idea, which she likens to a “split personality.” Frequently designing for clients who don’t shy away from bold contrast, Rosemary frequently encounters the concept of duality in the home. Anyone familiar with the sleek, ultra-modern look of a Poggenpohl kitchen would have been intrigued to see how she integrated this style into a renovated farmhouse, or how she seamlessly incorporated elements of fine millwork with high gloss lacquer in another project.
Rob Henry of Audio Video Design furthered the conversation with a topic that is always fun — technology and its essential role in design. Just hearing how a “smart home” can adjust itself to maximize comfort for those within was enough for me. Effortless comfort is always ideal and it seems that it’s easily achieved with as little as a swipe on an iPad.



Guests lounged on BoConcept’s relaxing furniture as they listened to the four speakers’ outlook on integrating modern accents in designs throughout New England.

Representing our gracious host was designer Andreana Bakert-Miceli, who is nothing short of an expert in all aspects of BoConcept’s products from the genesis and philosophy behind each piece to the many ways they can enhance the homes of anyone looking for a simple, artistic, and personalized living space. There are truly no limits with the pieces BoConcept offers, which must be experienced to be believed. Not only is each piece beautiful, it also happens to be extremely comfortable and functional. Just ask last night’s raffle winner of the Xtra ottoman, which is so multi-functional, it has its own YouTube video ( There was more than a little jealousy that this homeowner went home one BoConcept piece richer.


Rosemary Porto and Andreana Bakert-Miceli took a break from their presentations to pose for a photo.

Be sure to catch our next salon, “The New Kitchen,” hosted by SieMatic in Boston on April 25th. See you then! Go Bruins (sorry, couldn’t resist)!

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