Docomomo US/MN’s Modern Homes Tour

As you might know, I’m a sucker for mid-century architecture. Are you? If so, please join me this weekend for Docomomo US/MN’s modern homes tour. As a full disclosure, I am on the board of directors for this nonprofit, whose mission is to document and conserve buildings and sites of the modern movement.

The tour is this Saturday, October 6th and includes a morning tour of homes designed by architect, Robert Cerny and an afternoon tour of homes on Cedar Lake. The best part is that not only do you get to admire the outside architecture, but you actually get to go inside the homes and appreciate the interiors. The above photograph is a sample of all of the homes on this year’s tour. To learn more information on how to purchase tickets, visit

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New Rapson Rocker for Loll Furniture

Photo courtesy of Rapson Inc.

Ralph Rapson accomplished a lot during his lifetime as an architect and furniture designer. Now the team at Rapson Inc. are ensuring that his ideas become eco-friendly furniture by teaming up with Duluth based Loll Designs. The new Loll Rapson Rocker is not yet for sale, but was recently previewed at the ICFF 2012 (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) in New York City. The partnership is perfect to combine Rapson’s stylish chair design with Loll’s recycled materials to bring the ultimate modern outdoor chair. I’m looking forward to start seeing it around town!

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Profile: Forage Modern Workshop

There is nothing better than a great fresh, fun furniture store coming to the Twin Cities! That is exactly what Forage Modern Workshop promises when they open their doors this spring. Forage Modern Workshop is a collective of local furniture makers mixed in with vintage finds. The store is the brainchild of Mike and Heidi Smith, Rebekah Cook and James Brown. I recently has the chance to sit down with Rebekah and Heidi, store managers, to learn more about their store.

Located at 4023 E Lake St in Minneapolis, Forage Modern Workshop showcases the Midwest Modern aesthetic. Inspired by the style of Ralph Rapson and Close Architects, the store partners with local furniture designers to showcase their work in their assortment. Their goal is to have a different local furniture artisan designing a line exclusively at the store every few months.

One of the first designers on the roster is Matt Eastvold. Working out of Northfield, MN, Eastvold has become a hit on the coasts. His chic designs are in demand in both NY and San Francisco. Eastvold is designing a line exclusively for Forage Modern Workshop.

FMW will not only showcase artisan furniture, but also home goods including wallpaper and accessories. Vintage finds will also be abundant throughout the store. One may also visit the store and relax on the furniture while enjoying a cup of coffee from the coffee house located inside.

The store is slated to open very soon, so stay tuned! Their e-commerce site is opening soon at Forage Modern Workshop. Stay in touch by following them on their Facebook page, or emailing

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Rapson Exhibition Debuts at Goldstein Museum of Design

Image Courtesy of the Goldstein Museum of Design

****UPDATE: The opening of this exhibit has been pushed back to Thursday, November 11 from 7-9pm****

Minnesota architect, Ralph Rapson, is known for his collection of unique architecture.  His designs include Riverside Plaza, the former Guthrie theater and the Rarig Center for the Performing Arts.  In addition to constructing some Modern buildings in Minnesota, Rapson was a talented sketch artist.  He took his sketchbook everywhere with him, including his world travels.  Rapson’s drawings possess a beautiful use of shadows, strong lines and placement of landscapes and characters.

This Friday, October 29th, join the Goldstein Museum of Design from 6-8pm as they kick off their new exhibit, The Importance of Drawing: Ralph Rapson’s Legacy.  The exhibit will feature original drawings from Rapson, along with work by his colleagues and students.  The exhibit is in HGA Gallery in Rapson Hall and runs from October 29th-January 9.  You may find more details here.

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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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