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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“Ralph Rapson: Chair Design in the Architect’s Studio”

A new exhibit showcasing Ralph Rapson’s work as a furniture designer opens this week at Danish Teak Classics. Rapson, a leading figure in American architecture and design, designed many buildings in Minnesota, including the old, demolished Guthrie building and Riverside Plaza. His furniture designs are the focus of “Ralph Rapson: Chair Design in the Architect Studio”.

The exhibit will feature a vintage Rapson chair produced in the 1940s for H.G. Knoll as well as many sketches of the designer’s unrealized designs. New pieces from family-owned Rapson-Inc’s Greenbelt line of modern classics will also be on display and available to purchase in the Twin Cities exclusively through Danish Teak Classics.  The furniture line features the Highback Rapson Greenbalt Rocker, first designed for the MoMA’s landmark Organic Design in Home Furnishings Competition of 1940.

Additionally, the exhibit will feature 3 drawings of pieces from the Rapson design library and give fans the chance to vote on which design will enter limited production at Danish Teak Classics in 2012. Fans may vote in-person at the exhibit or online until January 31st. The winning design will be announced during a closing ceremony on February 2nd from 6-9pm.

The exhibit begins December 29th and goes through February 5th. There will be an opening ceremony on December 29th from 6-9pm at Danish Teak Classics, located at 1500 Jackson St. NE, Ste 120 in Minneapolis. The exhibit is free to the public during the stores normal hours, which may be found at


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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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