Intereum Hosts Local Launch of Herman Miller’s SAYL Chair

Video by Permanent Art and Design Studio

Local office design and consultancy company, Intereum, and Herman Miller teamed up to host a launch party for their new SAYL chair.  Held January 25th, the party was held at the Ritz Theater and featured dance performances by Ballet of the Dolls.  Currently, I am sitting in a SAYL chair writing this entry, and it is COMFY!  Inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge’s suspension system, the SAYL chair gives ergonomic support at an affordable price.  The video posted above features highlights from the launch party.  I encourage you to take a look at Intereum’s blog, Better Ways to Work to see more pictures from the event!  While you are on their blog, you should subscribe to their feed.  They provide some of the best news and information on office design in the Twin Cities!

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Profile: Tanek Architecture and Design

Video Courtesy of Fran at Zeichen Press

I would like you to meet Tanek!  Tanek, an architectural and design firm, is nestled in a converted turn of the century office building in Minneapolis.  The firm was started in 1999 by Nat Shea and Ken Piper.  If you flip their first names backwards and combine them, you get Tan and Nek, or Tanek!  I had the chance to meet with Ken and Nat last week and learn more about Tanek’s  projects and design process.  Take a moment to meet Nat and Ken and their talented staff in the video above and then click after the jump to see my interview with Tanek!

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Event: “Danish Design” at the ASI

Image from the American Swedish Institute

From organic curves to beautiful natural wood, it is evident why Danish furniture is loved by many!   Next Wednesday, February 23th, please join the American Swedish Institute and learn about Danish design from Susan Jacobson.  In this lecture, speaker Susan Jacobsen will explore Danish designers including Arne Jacobsen, Hans J. Wegner and Poul Kjærholm, whose iconic creations have come to define “Danish Modern.”  Jacobson is the Director of Public Programs at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and is active in the Danish American community.  She has served on the boards of the Danish American Center in Minneapolis and the Danish American Heritage Society.

Come join other arts and design enthusiasts and enjoy the lecture at the American Swedish Institute on Wednesday, February 23rd from 7-8pm.

ASI Forum presentations are free for ASI members and included with museum admission for nonmembers. Freewill contributions are welcomed for refreshments after the talk. Reservations are encouraged but not mandatory – call 612-871-4907 to reserve your spot.

You may also RSVP on the American Swedish Institute’s Facebook event page!

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Profile: Italy By Web

For centuries, Italy has been at the forefront of luxurious fashion, dynamic art and fine craftsmanship.  When visiting Italy By Web’s showroom at International Market Square, one realizes the art of Italian furniture making is alive and well.  Italy by Web is a web-based company specializing in Italian-imported furniture   I had the chance to stop by the Italy By Web’s showroom and talk to the manager, Robert Kelen.  After looking around, I was truly impressed by the quality of craftsmanship that goes into each piece.  Please read after the jump to learn more about Italy By Web and take a photo tour of the showroom!

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Smart House, Livable Community

Photo from the University of Minnesota

Where do you want to live when you grow older?  For many individuals, the answer is “at home.”  But how can we make “aging in place” more comfortable?  This question is posed in the latest exhibit, Smart House, Livable Community at the Goldstein Museum of Design.  Showcasing the development of new products and technologies, the exhibition demonstrates how the aging population can make simple adjustments to make their home comfortable.  Using interactive content, the exhibition explores planning for age-integrated communities.

The opening party is Friday, February 4th from 6-8pm.

The exhibit runs from February 5th through May 22.

The Goldstein Museum of Design is located at 241 McNeil Hall, St. Paul, MN.

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Architecture around the Twin Cities

One of my favorite local blogs, Nokohaha, recently posted this video from  The video features Jackie Peacha from MS&R showcasing some of the Twin Cities’ most beloved architecture.  With that being said, what are some of your favorite building in the Twin Cities and why?  Leave a comment below!

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Antiques Roadshow Stopping By the Twin Cities

Image via BBC Canada

Time to start digging in your attic and basement to see what sort of hidden treasure you may have!  Antiques Roadshow, aired on PBS, has appraisers estimating how much people’s treasures may be worth.  The television show stops by Minneapolis on July 9th.  No venue has been announced yet, but you may learn more about the show’s Minneapolis stop on the Pioneer Press website.

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Top Posts of 2010

Five Event Center-Photo Courtesy of Angela Juhl

I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone for your support this past year.  It has been so much fun to write this blog and help showcase the local design talent and resources we have in our own backyard  With that being said, I want to jump on the “end of the year list” bandwagon and share the top posts for 2010.

1)   Alternative Headboard Ideas- Not ready to commit to a bed frame yet?  Check out these great options to create something different.

2) House Tour: Jason’s Classic South MPLS Apartment- Love Jason’s design style.  A great example of how to mix elements from different design periods.

3) Store Profile: I Like You- If you have not shopped here yet, you must!  This NE MPLS shop is a great place to find locally made gifts.

4) Annie’s Colorful Abode- A house tour of Annie’s townhouse shows how much fun it is to decorate with bright colors!

5) Profile: Remnants Upholstery- David Osterberg is one of the finest Modernist furniture upholsterers in the Twin Cities.  Check out his new studio in the Northrup King Building next to Danish Teak Classics.

6) Interview with Swedish IKEA Designer Pia Amsell- IKEA design team Pia Amsell and Barbro Wesslander stopped by Minnesota to share how they create their elegant home goods designs.  I had the pleasure to talk with Ms. Amsell afterwards.

7) Uff Da Palace at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum- I don’t know what I love more, the sculpture, or its title.  Good thing I don’t have choose!

8 )   Twin Cities Mid Century Modern (TC MCM)- The multi-talented Jake Rudh sits down with me to discuss his love for the Modern aesthetic and the facebook community he created to bring together fellow Modernist enthusiasts.

9) Minneapolis Home Featured in Dwell Magazine: A great South Minneapolis home by Julie Snow Architects.

10) Tour of FIVE Event Center- Gorgeous event center tucked behind the intersection of Bryant Ave and Lake St in Uptown.  It almost reminds me of a swanky club from the 1930’s or 40’s meets modern style.

There you have it!  What a great year!  I am so excited to be blogging for 2011.  There are so many great topics that I can cover for next year.  I would love to hear from you if you have an idea, story or topic I should cover.  Please leave me a comment below or e-mail me at and let me know what you want to see for 2011!

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FinnStyle Semi-Annual Clearance

Now that we are starting  a new year with new resolutions, are you getting the feeling that you need to spruce up your home?  If you are a fan of Marimekko and other modern Finnish designs, head over to FinnStyle for their Semi-Annual Clearance Sale!  The store, located down the road from International Market Square in Minneapolis, is putting many items up for clearance with discounts up to 60%.  Some items you will see include,

– ALL Marimekko on sale 20-60% OFF

– Marimekko Bedding 25% OFF

– Glassware & Dinnerware up to 60% OFF

– Home Accents & Vases up to 60% OFF

– Christmas Ornaments, Music & Decor up to 70% OFF

The sale is going on now.  The Marimekko sale runs through 1/15, the Iitalia sale goes through 1/30, and other items are on sale for a limited time.  For all the details, please visit FinnStyle’s website.

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James J. Hill House Celebrates the Holidays

Image courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society knows how to throw fantastic themed holiday events for architectural history geeks.  This past Halloween, they put together an event that let visitors tour Fort Snelling After Dark.  Anyone who has used the Fort Snelling Light Rail stop at night can attest to how eerie the area feels after dark.  Mix that atmosphere with costumed actors telling stories of medical procedures, duels and illnesses, by candlelight, and the spookiness level only increases!

This holiday season, the Minnesota Historical Society gets the James J Hill house  spruced up for Christmas, and puts on several fun programs to celebrate the season.  Click after the jump to learn about the schedule of events lined up!

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