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

location

Boston, MA

client/owner

Boston Public Library
City of Boston

architect

William Rawn Associates, Architects Inc.

categories

Graphics

Photos by Robert Benson

Architectural Plans / Process