TCDS Design Roundup

I guess it’s the time of year Minnesotans begin to realize that there is only so much hibernation one can do in the winter before cabin fever begins to set in. Luckily there are plenty of design news and events to keep you busy! Here’s the round up!

MidModMen Pop Up to Perm Party

pop-up_to_perm_promoThe folks at MidModMen are throwing a perm party. No, it’s not a celebration bringing back the perm hairstyle, but I’m sure you’ll get mad props if you show up sporting the famous 80’s hairdo! ModModMen has resided as a pop-up shop…until now! The shop, offering mid-century vintage and modern decor, has found a permanent home along the future Green Line light rail on University Avenue. Join the gang at MidModMen to celebrate their new home and enjoy discounts ranging from 10-50%, giveaways and cupcakes!

The Deets:
MidModMen+friends Pop Up to Perm Party
2401 University Ave, St. Paul
Saturday, January 26th
Click here for the Facebook invite

Unfinished Spaces Documentary Film Screening 124919428_640

Docomomo US/MN, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and education of Mid-Century Modern architecture, in partnership with the Heritage Conservation and Prevention Program at the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture in the College of Design is hosting a film viewing of Unfinished Spaces on January 28th at 6pm. (Full disclosure: I serve on the board of Docomomo US/MN and am helping to organize this event).

The film documents spotlights Cuba’s National Arts Schools, designed in the wake of the Castro’s revolution. The movie profiles the architects who originally designed the buildings as they venture back to see what has become of their creations. The film explores Cuba’s preservation efforts. Join Bob Mack of MacDonald and Mack Architecture after the movie as he discusses his own perceptions of Cuban preservation and the Cuba’s Art Schools based on his visits to Cuba in 2010 and 2011.

The Deets:
Unfinished Spaces
Rapson Hall Auditorium (#100), 89 Church Street SE, Minneapolis
Monday, January 28th
The movie begins at 6pm
Cost: Admission is $5 for the general public and free to students and Docomomo US/MN members.
Click here for the Facebook event page

Midwest Home Design Week


Join design professional from across Minnesota for Midwest Home’s Design Week. Activities will kick off on Sunday, February 10th with a luncheon with keynote speaker, Designer Thom Felicia. Some of you may remember him from his helpful tips on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. He now has two published books and is running his own successful design business, Thom Felicia, Inc.

Spend the rest of the week attending seminars and learn design tips from local design professionals. The design week has seminars from February 10th to the 16th.

The Deets
Midwest Home’s Design Week
Various Locations (See event schedule)
February 10th-16th
Various times
Cost: All day ticket is $40. A partial day ticket is $25.
Visit the Midwest Home’s website for full details

Honeyshine is Moving


Honeyshine recently opened in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood, but is relocating to Linden Hills this May. The store is known for their quirky gifts and stylish design services. The shop will open up next to Wild Rumpus Bookstore, in the location formerly occupied by a yarn shop. I had the chance to profile Honeyshine earlier this year. You can read the full article here. Congrats to owners Daisy Mitchell and Adam Braun!


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Want to party Mad Men style? Then you should come to DOCOMOMO US MN’s Mod Mixer this Thursday, June 21st from 6-8pm at the new furniture showroom, Forage Modern Workshop. The event is free of charge to the public. I am proud to be involved with Minnesota chapter of DOCOMOMO, which strives to document and preserve local architecture of the modern movement. This is the non-profit’s 4th annual Mod Mixer and this year there will be a live jazz band, wine and beer, a photo booth and a raffle with some great prizes! It is encouraged, but not required to wear your best vintage outfit. I know I will be channeling my inner Megan Draper! Let’s party like they did at Sterling Cooper, just make sure to leave all lawnmowers at home! Swing by and say hi!

This is event is free! RSVP is not required, but is encouraged to help with the head count. Please RSVP on Facebook or at Eventbrite.

Mod Mixer
Forage Modern Workshop
4023 E Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN
Thursday, June 21st from 6-8pm

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DOCOMOMO’s Modernist Sacred Spaces Tour

Some of you might have noticed that I have not been posting as frequently over this past month.  That is because I have been hard at work helping to put together DOCOMOMO’s (DOcumentation and COnservation of building of the MOdern MOvement) Modernist Sacred Spaces tour!  It is going to be a gorgeous weekend coming up, so why not get some friends together and get outside, enjoy a fall drive and see some of the most divine (pun intended) architecture in town?

The self-led tour is this Saturday, October 9th and includes 7 metro churches from the likes of Ralph Rapson, Barry Byrne, Thorshov & Cerny and Hills, Gilbertson, & Hayes.  Registration for the tour begins at 9am at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd at 4801 France Ave S.  The tour will visit four Minneapolis churches from 9 AM until noon; then three St Paul churches from noon to 3PM.  See the image above for a map of all the tour stops.

A social hour will follow the tour at a Modern Private Residence designed by Minnesota’s own Elizabeth & Winton Close at 641 Lexington Parkway South.  Food and drinks will be generously provided by Mid Century Modernist Specialists: Karen Rue with Edina Realty &  Nathan Anderson of Avocado Green, Inc.

Tickets are $25 for DOCOMOMO members, $30 for non-members & $15 for students with their ID.

Tickets may be purchased in advance on DOCOMOMO’s Eventbrite site or at the registration table at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd at 4801 France Ave S.

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DOCOMOMO at Design Within Reach

For anyone who is interested in keeping Minnesota’s architectural history alive, check out the MN chapter of DOCOMOMO.  It stands for the DOcumentation and COnservation of buildings and sites neighborhoods of the MOdern MOvement.  This international organization promotes the study, interpretation and protection of architecture, landscape and urban design of the modern movement.

This Thursday, June 24th, Design Within Reach is hosting a Mod Mixer from 6-8pm.  Come out and talk over cocktails about the progress of the organizations and details of upcoming events.  Stay for the raffle and membership details!

Design Within Reach is located at:
2939 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

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