Rocca, D Scale, and Dennis Duffy

>> Wednesday, May 26, 2010

This is Dennis Duffy. He's a pretty popular Interior Designer here in Beantown, maybe in your town too.
Last week Dennis lead a tour for the IIDA showcasing some of his recent projects. First stop was Rocca. The owner of the restaurant helped show us around. She seemed to be pretty into "concept design" and encouraged Dennis to loosely base his design concept around coastal cliffs in Italy. I love clients that get into concept design. Design is SO much more fun when it's not just about a color, or a fabric, when it actually has a DNA. Note: "concept" design and "theme" design are two totally different ideas. I prefer the former.
I think Dennis and his team did a fabulous job! And the food looked pretty yummy too.
Next we walked over to Dennis' retail store, D Scale, where he custom designs all the furniture.
There were some yummy things there as well.
This is my best Boston interior design friend, Terry Harris. Everyone designer should know a Terry Harris. She's been designing in Boston for over 25 years. Anytime I go to a design related party where I do not know anyone, which is often since moving to Boston, I say "oh, I'm friends with Terry Harris." It's my #1 ice breaker. It works. She's also says "pizzer, yoger, and baaaaaaaston" and that alone makes me smile.
This handrail detail is awesome.
Everyone liked that handrail.

Thanks Dennis! It was nice to meet you.


LindsB May 26, 2010 at 9:09 PM  

When I finish school and start going to these parties my ice breaker will be " I know Stephanie Sabbe"

Stephanie Sabbe May 26, 2010 at 9:53 PM  

and people will say "who":)

Saara @ GEORGE Interior Design May 27, 2010 at 12:22 AM  

Wish we were in the same city so we could shmooze together! Not knowing anyone is scary! :)

Rebecca May 27, 2010 at 3:52 AM  

I love that handrail too :)

Design Esquire May 27, 2010 at 7:51 AM  

What a cool night! I went to Rocca during the last restaurant week and really, really liked it. The food was great and the restaurant was gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your night with us!

Blueprint Bliss May 27, 2010 at 6:29 PM  

You and Linds crack me up!

Love the detail of the handrail... commercial design details. Ah... the days!

jeanine May 27, 2010 at 7:24 PM  

I miss Terry Harris. I also think she would make a great cartoon character.

I can only imagine her reaction to that one. :)

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime May 27, 2010 at 7:31 PM  

I love Rocca! The interior is fab (as is the food!) and I love the cute little patio area too :)

Emily May 28, 2010 at 12:15 PM  

oh fun times! love that restaurant too!

carlee June 1, 2010 at 2:15 PM  

Looks like an awesome night...start bringing me to these paaaaahhhtttees

Lili June 11, 2010 at 6:58 PM  

I love all the textures used at Rocca. I guess that's what makes a designers, the ability to "see" all the parts together.

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