Minneapolis has a long standing tradition as one of the greatest design cities in the nation. From the architecture of Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel to the high art of the Wallker Art Center to Target’s “Design For All,” the city seems to have something to offer just about anyone. One of my personal favorites is the Minneapolis-based furniture design of Blu Dot. Founded in 1997 by John Christakos. Charles Lazor, and Maurice Blanks, the company has consistently produced products that are not only useful, but great to look at too.
As you may have heard, we are in tough economic times these days, so when I heard that Blu Dot was having its annual sample sale last Saturday I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get some high design for a low price. The wait in line was long and wrapped around the warehouse, but once inside there were plenty of great deals. We took home a Modulicious dresser and two Real Good Chairs. We would like to have bought more, but that is all our little hatchback could hold. By noon it was time to head home to unload our new furniture and take a much deserved nap.
1 Nothing says “Trampled by hipsters” like the Vans shoeprint on this piece of paper.
2 Near the front of a line that stretched around the building.
3 Items were going fast as people scrambled to get what they wanted.
4 & 5 Big, colorful tables.
6 Thinking hard.
7 Like a needle in a haystack, we found the exact pieces we were looking for.