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.
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?