Room To Dream

Photo by Duffy Design Group, Inc.

The Room to Dream Carnival of Dreams event turned out to be a great success!   Duffy Design Group was honored to be part of this great cause. It was very rewarding to see the design community come together to support a such a wonderful local charity. The live auction was fun to watch.... so much so that we were tempted to raise our bidding numbers!  Boston's Channel 5 anchor Susan Wornick was the MC, and she really new how to get the crowd going!  The most exciting bid was for a Red Sox-Yankees ticket package and the winning bid was over $4,000 by ABC's Better Off Ted actor Jay Harrington.  Boston Youth Moves performed and were amazing! Lydia Shire grilled up some mouth watering lobster good!  The food was fantastic, they even had cotton true carnival style! See more pictures of our set up and finished room on our Facebook page

Room to Dream

Dennis Duffy of Duffy Design Group is one of four Boston designers that will be designing a room at the Room to Dream Foundation Spring Gala - "Carnival of Dreams" on April 1, 2010 held at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. The mission of The Room to Dream Foundation is to create healing environments for chronically-ill children. During the event, a live auction will be held for guests to bid for the opportunity to sponsor the designer rooms. The designs will then be installed in an upcoming project for a chronically-ill child. Please visit the Room To Dream website for tickets to the Gala. The Cyclorama will be transformed into a vibrant and elegant carnival tent with a varity of games and chances to win amazing prizes!  There will also be delicious dishes local chefs : Rebecca Newell, Beehive; Denis Burton, Burton’s Grill; Jason Owens, Biltmore Bar and Grill; Sueli Oliviera, Dunn and Gaherins; Earl Quinn, Fiorella’s; Brian Po, Po’s Kitchen at The Rattlesnake; Lydia Shire, Scampo; Alina Eisenhauer, Sweet; Nikolas Krankl, Taste Coffee House; and Lauren Bromberg, Gourmet Lauren.  There will also be Unsung Hero Awards presented, one being long time Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakerfield.  Duffy Design Group is honored to be apart of such a great cause!

Modern Anomaly

Photograph by Greg Premru

In the November/December issue of Design New England, Bruce Irving writes about a comfortably modern new home for empty nesters in Weston, Massachusetts. Situated on a challenging site with wetlands on one side and ledge on the other, architect Adolfo Perez designed the home with its narrow side facing the street but with a clearly defined front entrance. The wetlands, wooded and serene, then became the primary view. Responding to the homeowner’s directive to “…conceive a new and contemporary structure, use natural materials, and please include one big room,” Perez designed a striking structure simple in form and suggestive of organic architecture whereby the home, its site, and surroundings have a unique interrelated composition. The exterior is comprised of three materials: cedar, glass, and zinc coated copper. Adolfo meticulously continued the use of natural materials throughout the home’s interior. The foyer, lined in ship lapped planks of an exotic African hardwood called “makore” is the first glimpse into how the architect’s attention to detail was carefully integrated on the home's inside as well. A two-story makore gallery brings daylight deep into the heart of the home. And where the architecture ends the interiors, designed by Dennis Duffy of Duffy Design Group, continue the home’s objective of bringing the outdoors inside and using natural materials. Duffy’s interior design and use of finely crafted custom furnishings perfectly compliment the home’s architecture and yet have a confident assurance of their own. The great room – kitchen/dining/living room - as requested by the homeowner, has an open floor plan and features a fireplace with a wall of rain-forest-green granite and a 1970’s-inspired lacquer coffee table custom designed by Duffy. At the other end is an L-shaped kitchen constructed of custom eucalyptus cabinetry and Verde Fuoco granite countertops. The house is a tribute to the homeowners’ vision and the combined talents of Perez and Duffy who worked closely together to create this non-conforming, yet exceptionally appropriate suburban home. Landscaping, by Wesley Wirth of Thomas Wirth Associates, Inc, anchors the home into its natural setting.

To read the full article on Design New England's website click here.

Dennis Duffy in Stuff Magazine December 2009

Article by Marni Katz
Photography by Michael Diskin

Designer Dennis Duffy Makes the Most of Gary Sullivan's Split-Level Chinatown Penthouse
Marni Katz writes about how interior designer Dennis Duffy of Duffy Design Group and DScale, helps longtime friend and client, restaurant developer Gary Sullivan and his partner Mark Young, design their new penthouse in The Metropolitan. Dennis worked on the couples' former condo in the South End back in 2004. Sullivan and the Sapphire Restaurant Group also hired Dennis to design Rocca Kitchen & Bar in Boston's South End, which opened in 2007.
In the article Dennis explains the challenges with Gary's new condo and how to make he makes the most of the space, especially the shallow living/dining area.
To read the entire article in Stuff Magazine about Dennis Duffy and Gary Sullivan click here!

In the latest issue of New England Home magazine, they asked Dennis Duffy, of Duffy Design Group and DScale, to illustrate how he re-worked the design of the Happy J table. Dennis designed this table years ago for one of our clients. He then incorporated the table into DScale's furniture line. The table is meant to be fabricated in two contrasting colors or materials. It's a great side table for a living room or family room, next to your favorite reading chair. The table conveniently holds books and magazines. It used to be know around the office as the "Magazine Table". We like it's new name, Happy J and it's new design!

We are excited for Dennis Duffy's appearance on the upcoming show Style Boston on NECN this Wednesday, November 10, 2009 at 7:30pm. Anthony Corey of Style Boston tours DScale with Dennis Duffy, of DScale and Duffy Design Group. Dennis talks about creating signature pieces for DScale and tailoring pieces to his clients. Style Boston is a new life style series on NECN that focuses on fashion, design, travel, nightlife, business and leisure in New England.

Duffy Design Group's Festive Table at Shreve, Crump & Low

Here are a few pictures of Duffy Design Group's Festive Table at Shreve, Crump & Low. More photos to follow that will show more details!
We want to give a special thanks to Twig Cafe for the Senses for collaborating with us on the floral design for our table. The event was a big hit last night and we are looking forward to the second event tonight!

Shreve, Crump & Low’s Festive Table 2009

Press Release Provided by Shreve, Crump & Low
Let the holiday entertaining season begin! Shreve, Crump & Low announced today that "Festive Table", a celebratory showcase of table settings created by Boston's premier interior designers, opens November 5th and runs through November 29th. Seven talented designers were given complete freedom to create their ultimate table settings, with merchandise selected from Shreve Crump & Low’s extensive china, crystal and giftware departments and from the designers’ own collections. Both floors of Shreve, Crump & Low are being transformed into a display of magnificent table settings and will inspire customers to create their very own "Festive Table".

The seven designers participating in this celebration of entertaining are among the “crème de la crème” of the impressive Boston interior design community. They include: Michael Barnum, John Berenson, Dennis Duffy, Anthony Catalfano, Michael Ferzoco, Eric Steven Jacobs, and Paula McCusker.

At the seven table setting designs located throughout the store’s two levels, customers will see some of the world’s finest giftware and china collections that are carried by Shreve, Crump & Low. From England, the William Yeoward crystal was inspired by the sumptuous pieces made in England during the 18th and 19th centuries, each one owning a distinctly original and contemporary look, equally at home in settings either modern or traditional. Remarkable Baccarat crystal from France offers “Beauty without Reason.” Also from France, Christofle Silver has been skillfully crafted by master artisans since 1830. The revolutionary style and character of Christofle comes from collaborations with groundbreaking architects, designers, and artists from around the world.

Many of the designers are also using pieces from Shreve, Crump & Low’s collections based closer to home, including traditional and contemporary works by Maine-based master decoupage artist Scott Potter, whose designs are sensuous, evocative, and enchanting. Also showcased are works from Mariposa, a leader in handmade tableware headquartered on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, whose pieces of recycled aluminum embrace the arts of aluminum in myriad forms and textures from around the world. Unique and collectible works from the store’s Vintage Steuben collection, made in Corning, New York, also grace some of the tables.

Shreve, Crump & Low is pleased to be donating ten percent of proceeds from purchases made opening night to the Boston Living Center and ten percent of proceeds from the second night of festivities to The Greater Boston Food Bank. Both organizations are participating in Shreve, Crump & Low’s Jewels to Charities™ program, whereby individuals can sell their diamonds, gold and fine estate jewelry to Shreve, Crump & Low and donate the proceeds to one of Boston’s premier charities. Shreve, Crump & Low is honored to help support such vital Boston organizations.

Festive Table 2009 is on view from Thursday, November 5th through Sunday, November 29th and is free and open to the public during all store hours, except for two opening night benefits:
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Festive Table – Opening Night!
Benefit for the Boston Living Center
6 PM -7 PM VIP Preview: Meet the Designers and Celebration Admission ($50 per person)
7 PM -9 PM Opening Night Celebration ($25 per person)
Purchase tickets online at

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Festive Table – Kitchen Cabinet Party!
Benefit for The Greater Boston Food Bank
6 PM – 8 PM
Purchase tickets online at $75 per person at

Photo by Ian Barnard, Article by Carol Beggy

In the September 22 issue of Stuff @ Night, it's all about style. Carol Beggy of Stuff @ Night wanted to know what gives Dennis Duffy ,of Duffy Design Group and DScale, inspiration and how does he keep his cool when things get tough? Dennis talks about the imagery of wings and what whey they mean to him. To read the complete article click here!

"The September Issue" Event at the MFA

Photograph by Elevin Studios
Dennis Duffy, of Duffy Design Group and DScale, was spotted at the Museum Of Fine Arts Boston for the viewing of the documentary "The September Issue" by director R.J. Cutler. The film follows the Editor-In-Chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour and the making of 2007's title issue of the magazine (the biggest issue of each year). Dennis Duffy had the pleasure of being photographed at the event with Bianca de la Garza, co-anchor of Channel 5's Eye Opener (left) and Kristen Daley , President & CEO of the Goodwin Group (right).

Ku De Ta in South Boston

Ku De Ta
663 East Broadway
South Boston, MA

Owner: Nicole Cronin
Interior Designer: Duffy Design Group, Inc.

Ku De Ta is a fashionable women's clothing store and accessories boutique. It targets a young, hip, female market who appreciates fashion in clothing and accessories. After two yeas in business, owner Nicole Cronin collaborated with Duffy Design Group to double the size of her successful store. There is an element of fun combined with a little sensuality that informs the selection of merchandise and therefore the interior finishing and design. These characteristics are most evident in the over scaled pendant fixtures, the quilted signage panel and the stylized floral pattern of the dressing room drapery. The color palette of light raspberry, bronze and chocolate was crafted to complement the cleaner materials of the natural maple floor and the aluminum display fixtures.

Super Models

Duffy Design Group's Model Unit at 45 Province
Photograph: Sam Gray Photography

Duffy Design Group was recently featured in the article "Super Models," New England Home Magazine in the May/June 2009 issue. Two of Boston's best known interior designers - Dennis Duffy and Manuel de Santaren were given the task of designing a model unit in the newly opened 45 Province, a 32-story luxury condominium tower located at the foot of Beacon Hill.

Duffy's goal was to create a sophisticated, contemporary and livable space, while reinforcing the branding message established by architects Bruner/Cott Associates. The model unit features a soaring 18-foot high space that commands spectacular city views. Duffy’s design highlights the vertical space with full height curtains, and custom blue metal wall panels. The graphic area rug and Polaris leather sofa from D Scale, create a living room that keeps the scale of the room in check. A custom coffee table and curvilinear armchair complete the room. Throughout the unit, artwork through Jacqueline Becker Fine Arts helps to liven and ground the space. A master bedroom and study were also included in the design of both model suites.

Manuel de Santaren's model unit was influenced by the use of museum-quality artwork which he thought to be the most important element. Rich earthy colors provide the backdrop for furnishings with a modern influence including a 1960s Knoll end table, a Dunbar sofa and a vintage Koford Larsen piece.

Developed by the Abbey Group, 45 Province features 132 one to three-bedroom units ranging from approximately 1,000 to 2,600 square feet. Each unit features 9 foot ceilings; bamboo hardwood floors; stone and quartz kitchen countertops; Italian-style kitchen cabinetry in walnut and lacquer finish; Sub-Zero refrigerators; Bosch/Miele kitchen appliances; crystallized glass bathroom vanities; bathroom fixtures by Waterworks and fully tiled walk-in showers in the master baths. D Scale furnishings used in the building's public spaces include Dirk B chairs in the North Flats Lobby and Bone Cubo Cocktail Table, Linova Cocktail Table and Wolk custom Oval Stools all from the Emporio Beraldin Collection in the library.
To view more photos of Duffy Design Group's model unit at 45 Province please visit or

Lofty Expectations - Feature Article in Boston Home Magazine

Cover Story! Dennis Duffy and Duffy Design Group, Inc. and DScale are featured in Boston Home Magazine Best of Boston Home 2009 issue. The feature article covers the design of a our client's loft in the Court Square Press Building in South Boston.

The story details our client's transition from California to Boston and their search for a new home....and eventually a designer. Our client contacted Duffy Design Group to help them with the renovation and design of their loft. To read the full story visit Boston Home online or pick up the latest issue of Boston Home Magazine.

Duffy Design Group at DIFFA Dining by Design 2008

We present you with a magical pavilion that combines color, light and form to delight the senses. Please join us at this table, infused with the color of joy. Delight your senses with texture, pattern, and oh did we mention – color!!
Duffy Design Group and D SCALE teamed up with Marc Kaplan of Sanford Custom Builders to create La Fantasie Japonaise for the 2008 Dining by Design extravaganza held at the Boston Design Center and Black Falcon Pier, Boston. Their guests were presented with a magical pavilion that combined color, light and form to delight the senses.
As noted by Dennis Duffy, “we named our dining space ‘La Fantasie Japonaise’ first because of the Japanese/Deco stylized floral wall covering that we used for the interior wall panels. The ‘Fantasie’ comes from the overall effect of being in a magical place where all is beautiful. In total, this is a space that combines light, color, pattern and texture to create a truly 'Fantastic' experience!”
Much of this was achieved by washing each of the nine acrylic windows that punctuate the space with a fuchsia hue emitted by an LED fixture imbedded in the platform below. The dining table, also sandblasted acrylic, was illuminated from within by a fuchsia-tinted light source. On it, the place settings combine Millennium, Sophia and Chrysanthemum patterns by Tiffany & Co. The seating platform, with fuchsia and yellow-striped fabric from Knoll Textiles, and the exterior walls of this "pavilion" were lacquered in white. All of this was covered with a canopy of steel-bead chains that came from the perimeter to the center and cascaded down over the light pendant.
Guests included John and Laura Meyer of Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors, Jan Gleysteen of Jan Gleysteen Architects, Alina and Jim Apteker of Longwood Events, Michelle Oliver and John DiMaggio, Dennis Duffy, Debra LaPorte, and Marc Kaplan.
Dining by Design raises significant funds to support the care and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS as well as preventative education for those at risk. The funds raised by the Boston event will go directly to a local nonprofit organization, Community Research Initiative of New England . . The event was held at the Boston Design Center and Black Falcon Pier, Boston on December 5th and 6th, 2008.

Thank you to all of those that made this successful and rewarding event possible. We couldn't have done it without you!

See our DIFFA table and other designer tables in the latest issue of Boston Common! Page 80 & 83

Duffy Design Group at Frette Opening

Between the Sheets Photography by Josh Kuchinsky
Dennis Duffy and Duffy Design Group, Inc designed a vignette at the new Frette store located at the Mandarin Oriential Hotel Boston for their opening event in October. The event was sponsored by New England Home Magazine.
Our theme: “Glamour is what I see; it’s my stock in trade” Marlene Dietrich

When every night is a night on the town, Marlene retreats to this beautiful sanctuary where she surrounds herself with her essential luxuries; Casablanca lilies, the best vodka( Russian of course), and only the fine linens of Frette.