check out: Blu Dot

Minneapolis-based designer and maker of modern home furnishings


The design team at Blu Dot has been creating modern furniture since the late 1990s that is pared-down yet stylish, functional yet elegant.  I first stumbled upon Blu Dot at a store called Totem Design in New York shortly after Blu Dot launched, and bought the Chicago 3 Box bookcase in cherry (a wood I rarely buy).  I was drawn to the idea of a modern bookcase in a material that gets a richer patina over time, much like a family heirloom would.  I like juxtapositions like this.  The boxes appear to float on the steel rods, and it has been a beautiful and very useful part of our home office for 15 years now.  It never goes out of style and mixes with everything.  

According to Blu Dot, the "test is simple:  If our friends like our work and can afford our work - it works." This philosophy of good design never loses sight of how playful and fun modern furniture should be.

I adore the Swept Sofa , especially for a kids hangout room because the couch is comfortable, not very deep, easy to move, and made of a fantastic-to-clean material, a "contract grade leather alternative." The Hang 1 Capsule Mirror is another favorite. It is effortless, chic, and graceful, with a fabulous walnut peg. Perfect for a guest bathroom.