The Next Generation of Design with LuAnn Nigara, Kyle Hoepner, Tori Mellott...

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The Boston Design Center, in collaboration with New England Home and A Well-Designed Business Podcast, is proud to present “The Next Generation of Design,” an in-depth discussion of the ever-changing landscape of today's interior design business.

Any healthy business needs change and reinvention—without these key elements, the creative impulse can become exhausted. Therefore, we’ve decided to look to talent across generations as a barometer of what essential traits businesses and designers exemplify in carrying their mission and image into the digital age.

In this panel, we’ll discuss the power of “influencer” culture, what young designers wish they’d known about the industry, how the accessibility of images can create dialogue between peer designers, and how changes in client desires and the availability of product are remaking the interior design landscape.

About our esteemed panelists:


LuAnn Nigara of the top-rated interior design podcast A Well-Designed Business® and author of best Amazon #1-rated international best selling book The Making of A Well-Designed Business® joins New England Home's Kyle Hopner for a discussion in Waterworks at Boston Design Center.

LuAnn Nigara is the co-owner of Window Works, an award-winning window treatment and awning retailer in Livingston NJ. She is the author of The Making of A Well-Designed Business® and the upcoming book, The Things I Learned From A Well-Designed Business. Her podcast, A Well-Designed Business*, named in Architectural Digest as a favorite podcast for interior designers is the #1 rated and reviewed podcast in the design industry. An engaging and energetic key note speaker, LuAnn’s passion is helping designers be better business owners and leaders.


Presently editor-in-chief of New England Home, a luxury design publication with offerings both in print and online, Kyle has had a distinctly hands-on relationship with magazines for more than thirty years. He began as a typesetter and later served as art director for several business, financial, and computing titles, but an invitation to join New England Home’s launch team in 2005 was a welcome chance to reconnect with long-held interests in architecture, interiors, and landscape design. Since then, he has helped guide the brand’s evolution into one of the most widely respected regional shelter publications in the U.S.


Rachel Reider founded her eponymous firm in 2006 and is nationally recognized for her fresh and sophisticated approach to residential and commercial design. Reider brings extensive knowledge of the interior design field through her education at the New England School of Art and Design, positions at two renowned Boston design firms, and hands-on experience as a leading designer. From her firm's base in Boston's South End, Reider's expansive portfolio includes projects ranging in scope from a modern Boston factory loft conversion to a 99-room historic waterfront hotel on Martha's Vineyard.

Reider’s work has been published regionally and nationally in leading shelter magazines including Elle Decor, Coastal Living, Vogue, New England Home, New York Times, Interiors Boston, and Boston Common. She was named to the New England Home's "5 under 40" list in 2011, and named as a Coastal Living Trendsetter in 2014.


Tori Mellott graduated from NYU with a degree in Media Studies. Her career in shelter magazines began as an assistant at House Beautiful under then editor in chief Marian McEvoy. She went on to serve as the associate style editor at Elle Décor under Margaret Russell’s leadership, and in 2004 was tapped to help launch Domino magazine, where she eventually became the senior decorating editor. After Domino folded in 2009, Mellott became the Creative Deputy for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and later joined The Nate Show as a senior designer during its debut year of production. In 2011, Tori joined Traditional Home as the senior design and market editor, where she led the magazine’s market pages for almost 8 years. In 2018, Tori joined esteemed fabric house Schumacher as the new style director for the Creative Services team, led by former Veranda editor in chief Dara Caponigro.

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