The End of Wanderlust

Design New England November/December 2013

Design New England November/December 2013

In the latest issue of Design New England, Dennis Duffy invites us into his South Boston condo, where he plans to call home for many years!  Over the past 17 years, Dennis has moved seven times within the city of Boston.  "I have space, light, and no reason to move" Dennis explains.  He is also conveniently located just blocks from Duffy Design Group's new office.  Click here to read the article in its entirety and learn more about why Dennis fell in love with this building.

Duffy Design Group Press Release October 28, 2013

Duffy Design Group Expands Repertoire in New South Boston Office


One North of Boston

One North of Boston

Dennis Duffy, IIDA LEED AP BD&C, has relocated and continues to expand his practice forging strong developer/architect relationships on several of Boston’s most significant mixed-used developments.

      October 28, 2013, Boston, MA – Duffy Design Group, an award winning residential and commercial design firm, has been commissioned with the design of numerous developer-owned properties and commercial real estate projects in Boston’s most sought after neighborhoods.  Under the direction of

Dennis Duffy, IIDA LEED AP BD&C, the firm is currently working on residential and commercial high-rise projects designing common areas, amenity spaces, units, and model suites.  Additionally, the firm offers expertise in restaurants, retail shops and boutique hotels. Duffy is a skilled collaborator in working with developers and architects and his current workload includes associations with Elkus Manfred Architects, ICON Architecture, Cube 3 Studio, Sheskey Architects, Neshamkin French Architects, Inc. and ADD Inc.  Duffy’s increased commercial development work is reflected in its recent expansion and move to 11 Elkins Street in South Boston followed by a newly launched website.  Duffy currently serves as the Director of Education for the New England Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

      Situated in the center of Boston’s historic Bulfinch Triangle, design development is underway for One Canal Street at North Station rising twelve stories high and accommodating 320 luxury residential apartments with approximately 20,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space on the ground floor.  Architectural design is by ICON Architecture and Duffy Duffy Design Group is responsible for the interior design of all common and amenity spaces, units, and model suites.

      Acadia on the Charles, located at 36 River Street in Waltham and bordering Watertown and Newton, is a 200-unit luxury class ‘A’ apartment community.  Designed by Cube 3 Studio and built by Callahan Construction, it will offer a luxury amenity package and Duffy Design Group is designing the common areas, amenity spaces and the model unit.

      One North of Boston, Chelsea will consist of a 230-unit apartment complex designed as a single, S-shaped building.  Duffy is collaborating with Sheskey Architects, and Gate Residential. This five-story complex, built by Callahan Construction, offers extensive indoor and outdoor amenities including Boston’s first indoor/outdoor dog run and care area.  Over the next few months Duffy Design Group will begin the design process for phase 2 of the development. 

      Gatehouse 75 in Charlestown was recently completed in late summer 2013. Metric Construction, Neshamkin French Architects, Inc. and Duffy Design Group worked together on the 99-unit complex with Duffy designing all of the common areas and amenity spaces as well as the model unit. 

      In a similar capacity Duffy is working with Elkus Manfredi at Northwest Park in Burlington; Dolben Properties at 100 Memorial Drive in Cambridge  & Neponset Landing in Quincy; Berkshire Properties at Union Place Apartments in Franklin & High Point Apartments in Quincy, and ICON Architecture and NEI General Contracting at Mezzo Design Lofts in Charlestown.

      “It’s an exciting time to be working in Boston,” notes Duffy, “the cache of projects underway is a positive indication of the City’s commitment to creating spaces that will greatly support Boston’s rich quality of life.”


Debra LaPorte Communications


Before and After: Family Room Renovation in Weston, MA

Family Room Renovation Project, Weston, MA   Duffy Design Group, Inc. 

Family Room Renovation Project, Weston, MA

Duffy Design Group, Inc. 

We continue our Before and After series with the Family Room as part of the renovation project in Weston, MA.  Our client wanted a room that was casual and comfortable with ample seating.  To achieve that Duffy Design Group designed a custom sectional , coffee table with rolling ottoman and side table.  The sectional is upholstered in S.Harris FlannelSuede. This family has young children so it was important to select durable fabrics.  The rolling ottoman is upholstered in Spinneybeck leather.  The coffee and end table are fabricated with cerused brown oak.  The end result is a room that this family can all enjoy for years to come! 

Before and After: Kitchen Renovation in Weston, MA (Part 2)

Kitchen Renovation Project, Weston, MA  Duffy Design Group, Inc. 

Kitchen Renovation Project, Weston, MA

Duffy Design Group, Inc. 

As promised, Duffy Design Group has more before and after photos to show you of the renovation project in Weston, MA.  The before photo shows an exposed brick wall with a built in fireplace and recessed cabinet.  In the after photo, we painted the brick and added an accent color in recessed center of the wall.  We updated the fireplace, removed the cabinet and created a recessed display shelf with lighting.  We designed and installed a built in buffet and wall shelves for storage.  To finish off the space, we designed and fabricated a custom table, paired it with the "Profile" chairs and a drum pendant by Neidhardt.  We have more pictures of this project to post, stay tuned!

Before and After: Kitchen Renovation in Weston, MA

Kitchen Renovation, Weston, MA  Duffy Design Group, Inc. 

Kitchen Renovation, Weston, MA

Duffy Design Group, Inc. 

At Duffy Design Group, it's always exciting and rewarding to see our designs come to life.  As we looked through file photos of this renovation project, we were reminded of where we started and decided this called for a "before and after" post!  Stay tuned for more before and after photos of this project and many more!


When designing bedrooms, Duffy Design Group strives to make them as serene as possible – within the context of the client’s aesthetic.  For us, that translates into a more monochromatic color palette.  The bedroom becomes a sanctuary – an intimate space that lends itself to the display of personal objects such as endearing artwork and family photos.

Duffy Design Group participating in Artists for Humanity event

Duffy Design Group is excited to announce their participation in Artists for Humanity’s, “Have a Seat” event. The event takes place on Nov. 11, 2011 in honor of their 20th Anniversary. All proceeds go to Fund the Future, to provide undeserved youth with equal opportunities for a brighter future. The online auction is now open, check out the “Geena” chair, designed by Dennis Duffy as well as some other great furniture pieces, here. To find more information about Artists for Humanity and the amazing programs they created or purchase tickets for the Nov. 11th gala, click here

New England Home launches online edition of "Down East Meets Downtown"

The September/October issue of New England Home features one of Duffy Design Group’s residential projects on Maine’s coastline. In the article “Down East Meets Downtown” Nathaniel Reade writes about the amazing transformation of the York Harbor historic residence. The Shingle-Federal style home built in 1910 was in rough shape but the clients fell in love with the location and knew the home had great potential. The contractor, Brian Sleeper of Period Design Restoration and Paul Gosselin of Salmon Falls Architects preserved the original floor plan and the historic characteristics of the interior.

Dennis Duffy designed the interior of the residence to complement the clients’ vision. Duffy salvaged the hardwood floors, original moldings and hardware throughout the home. However he also felt that modern elements of design needed to be integrated as well, leading him to the mid-twentieth-century modernist style for the home. Several custom pieces of modern furniture were created by Duffy that complemented the traditional elements of the home. Additionally both modern and traditional textiles were chosen that were attractive but did not take away from the beautiful ocean views. The combination of traditional and modernist design elements preserved the historic integrity of the home but made the design fresh and the clients’ vision come to life.

To read the full article, “Down East Meets Downtown” in New England Home click here, or visit Duffy Design Group’s site to learn more about Dennis Duffy’s design work.