Two months prior to the opening of the second floor renovations at the Boston Public Library (BPL), we were asked to provide interior decoration for Teen Central; an “eco-urban-chic” space housing a gaming lounge, maker lab, and the Teen collections. BPL had already developed a strong conceptual design for the space to complement the interior architecture and furnishings by William Rawn Associates, but the challenge set forth was still large; complete design development, purchase and acquire all items, produce custom pieces and provide installation prior to the scheduled opening.

The process was quick, but the results make for a lasting impression. Teens can display their artwork in the gallery; a large wall comprised of salvaged frames from the BPL and other sources. A selection of frames were painted to match the room’s signature color. Matted frames were hung with hinges and the wall is a full tack board surface making artwork hanging quick and easy. Throw pillows and area rugs, hand-cut by our designers, complete three distinct seating areas. A sculpture built from card catalog drawers, which were sourced from the Library’s basement, creates a striking window display. A collection of street signs, illuminated letters and framed artwork complete the space.

Project Details


Boston, MA


Boston Public Library
City of Boston


William Rawn Associates, Architects Inc.



Photos by Robert Benson

Architectural Plans / Process