Omforme’s New Video

Carter Averbeck at Omforme sent over this video showcasing some great before and after photos for his latest projects. Omforme transforms discarded vintage furniture into colorful, fun pieces of art! If you are in the mood to do some oohing and aahing, click play and enjoy!

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Store Opening: Find Furnish

Nestled in the first floor of the white factory building at the Casket Arts Building is a new store called, Find Furnish. Owned by Marie Zellar and Brian Wilcox, Find Furnish specializes in found Mid-Century Modern furnishing and accessories. Marie spends hours looking through garage sales in the Midwest region and brings her treasures back to Minneapolis to restore to their original glory.

Brian and Marie both learned restoration when they were young. After working the political and environmental scene for a number of years, they both decided to partner and return to their restoration roots and open Find Furnish. Whether it is a Pomegranate colored sofa, a lime green 8-track table, or some funky lamps, Marie and Brian keep the selection fresh. In addition to stopping by their new showroom, one may also purchase items off of their Etsy site. 

Please join Marie and Brian this weekend for their Grand Opening of Find Furnish at 1720 Madison Street NE, #10, Minneapolis Minnesota, 55413.

Saturday, October 15 from 12 noon to 8pm

Sunday, October 16th from 12 noon to 5pm.

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Sitting Pretty Calendar

Image from Blue Tricycle

I am a big geek for calendars.  Every year I look forward to choosing the perfect calendar to put on my wall.  Not only do calendars provide a place to write down appointments, but they give me a different piece of artwork per month.  I usually save the calendars after I am done to frame the monthly art pieces I like most.

Ever the design lover, I went over to Etsy to look for a calendar of chairs.  Surely, a gorgeous, simple calendar popped up on the first page from a local design firm called Blue Tricycle.  The calendar features a colorful shadow picture of a different mid-century modern chair every month.  The cool thing about the calendar is that you purchase the PDF, then you then download and print off yourself.  If you want to shop locally for the design enthusiast in your family, or for your co-workers, I definitely recommend checking out this calendar and the other products from Blue Tricycle at their Etsy shop or at their online store.

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Celebrate Saarinen’s 100th Birthday!

Image courtesy of edkohler via flickr

It is Eero Saarinen’s 100th brithday!  Come bust out your party hats and head on over to Christ Lutheran Church this Sunday, October 24th at 3pm to see Fathers, Sons, and Hidden Treasures.  Christ Lutheran Church was designed by father & son team Eliel and Eero Saarinen in 1949.

St. John’s University professor, Nick Hayes, will lecture on the influence of Eliel Saarinen’s work on other local post-war church designs.  Hayes is the son of Mark Hayes, who was part of the architectural firm that worked with Saarinen during the church’s construction in 1949.  After the lecture, attendees will be able to tour the church, including the church’s Saarinen archives, including rarely seen original drawings by Eero and Eliel.

Christ Lutheran Church is located at 3244 34th Ave S., Minneapolis.

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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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Where to Find the Best Furnishings on a Budget

Photo credit: Sustainablog

The beginning of September always seems like a time for change.  Cooler weather arrives, students go back to school, and many apartment dwellers find themselves moving into new residences.  This time of moving is always a little hectic.  Between securing a new lease and battling to get a Uhaul at the end of the month, by the time the moving is all finished, new tenants usually find that they are needing a few furniture pieces to complete their space.  Too tired to figure out where to hunt for these pieces on a budget?  Not to worry, I have a few suggestions up my sleeve!

Read on to learn where to buy affordable items after the jump.

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Succotash’s 15 Year Anniversary Celebration!

Since 1995, St. Paul Retro Loop store, Succotash, has brought Minnesotans the grooviest, funkiest furnishings, art, clothing, LP’s, pottery and accessories from the 1950’s to the 1970’s.  Please come out to the store this weekend,  August 6-8 and help store owners Paul and Noreen Allbright celebrate their 15 years of business!  To help thank all their loyal customers, Succotash is discounting their inventory 15-50% store-wide.  As an extra special thanks, Succotash is hosting a drawing for two Minnesota Twins Target Field Legend’s club tickets.  Succotash specializes in design classics, as well as kitschy, fun merchandise.  Check out selections of current and past merchandise in the gallery below!  (Note: please know that some items featured in photos may not currently be in the store.  Call ahead for availability).

Their extended hours for the event are:

Friday, 11-8pm, Saturday, 11-6 and Sunday 11-4pm.

781 Raymond Ave, St. Paul, MN.


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Floor Sample Sale at DWR

Have you always wanted the sexy Eames La Chaise shown above?  Well you can get it and many other items at a discounted rate at the floor sample sale going on at Minneapolis’ Design Within Reach.  The uptown store has this beauty, in addition to many other items (including the Eames Molded Plastic chair, Frank Llyod Wright sofa to name a few) on discount.  If you want to learn what other items made it the floor sample sale, visit the store, or give them a call at 612-827-0990

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Twin Cities Mid Century Modern (TC MCM)

Photo credit: Susan Schlenker Ingvaldson

So you’ve watched every episode of Mad Men,  drink all your beverages from a martini glass and refresh Craigslist obsessively to see the latest offerings from Mid Century Modern furniture sellers.  Believe me, you are not alone.  Minnesota’s architecture is chalk full of facades dating back from the 1950’s & 1960’s.  There is a good reason why those good ol’ Coen boys came back to their home state to film the  1960’s-set dark comedy “A Serious Man.”  For as many buildings that Minnesota has dating back to the mid-century, we have many more Mid-Century Modern enthusiasts who love to share their knowledge and excitement for the era.  Jake Rudh, a popular Twin Cities DJ, also loves Mid-Century Modern design.  By creating a facebook group called TC MCM (Twin Cities Mid Century Modern), he made a forum for local enthusiasts to share their passion with one another.  I sat down with Jake at the cozy Cafe Maude to talk about the evolution of TC MCM.

Read after the jump to learn more about TC MCM

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Profile: Remnants Upholstery

As I walk into the Remnants Upholstery studio in the Northrup King Building, I feel like I am stepping back into a chic living room from the 1950’s.  Owner David Osterberg invites me to sit down on one of his white Saarinen Tulip Chairs.  Located in Northeast Minneapolis, Remnants is an upholstery studio that specializes in mid-century modern furniture and antiques.  Read more after the jump to learn about Remnants Upholstery and tour the studio!

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