Based in Minneapolis, Blu Dot creates home furnishings that combine classic silhouettes and contemporary design. College friends John Christakos, Charles Lazor and Maurice Blanks (two architects and a sculptor) started Blu Dot out of necessity: They were trying to decorate their first homes and couldn’t find affordable furniture that they actually wanted to buy. Frustrated but inspired, the trio set about creating fun, simple wood and steel pieces inspired by mid-century modernists such as George Nelson, and soon won the hearts and minds of other unsatisfied home decorators. Highlights of their always-evolving collection include sculpture-like bentwood rockers; futuristic floor and table lamps; the Modu-licious series of interchangeable storage units, beds, and tables; and home accessories such as pixelated decorative pillows and 1930s-inspired rugs.
When it comes to affordable, high-quality, midcentury-inspired designs, it doesn’t get much better than the offerings from this Minneapolis-based company. We love the spare, architectural shapes of the shelving units, floor lamps, and sofas, mixed with the subtly industrial feel of some elements, like painted steel and felted wool upholstery.
This Minneapolis furniture company may be only 13 years old, but its modular wood and steel pieces already feel like modern-design classics. Store in style with the Chicago 8 Box wall unit, whose shape and materials pay homage to works by Midcentury masters Charles and Ray Eames. Or pull up a powder-coated Sprout side table — they’re playful in look and utterly practical in use.
Take your bedroom back in time while keeping it entirely current; bring in retro accents and accessories for a look that references the past without being kitschy. The key to successfully incorporating retro design is the mix: Start by choosing a focal element like Judy Ross’ “Sunflowers Rug” or a bright-red Ligne Roset “Kendo” round table (which looks like a giant cherry candy) in medium-density fiberboard. Then add clean-lined accessories like Vitrocolor’s Glass Jars, in a range of colors from chocolate to fuchsia, with cork stoppers; and Missoni Home’s square, bright-striped “Johnson” pillow. Curated by the editors at ShelterPop.com, this selection reflects that site's motto: Happy homes make happy people.
Outfit your space in style with these bedroom, kitchen, bath and entertainment must-haves. Pick up a coffee press from Bodum, a multipurpose griddle from Cuisinart, classic tumblers from Eva Solo and melamine plates from Bob’s Your Uncle. Or go with some sweet pillows and sheets by brands like Downlite and Villa Di Borghese, then throw in some towels and a bathrobe by Lacoste. But don't forget to snap up a Cubo CD AM/FM clock radio. After all, you don’t want to be late for class, do you?