ISSUE 25  |  Vacation House

The Best of Blu Dot: Remodelista’s Picks

June 25, 2015 11:00 AM

BY Remodelista Team

Blu Dot is giving away a $1,000 Gift Card to one lucky Remodelista reader (see details below). A longtime Remodelista favorite, the Minneapolis design house makes a full collection of goods for the home–including Bedroom Designs, Rugs, and Outdoor Furniture–and has showrooms in SF, LA, Austin, and NYC. How would we spend $1,000 at Blu Dot? We couldn’t resist taking our own hypothetical spree, and here are our answers.

Take a look, start your own shopping list, and enter your email address in our Blu Dot $1,000 Giveaway by July 14.  

P.S. Join Remodelista editors at the Blu Dot San Francisco Store (560 Valencia) on Thursday, July 9, from 5 to 8 p.m., for drinks, light fare, and a chance to win one of five signed copies of our book, Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home. Bring your copy to have it signed (we won’t be selling books on-site). And if you haven’t already entered the $1,000 giveaway contest online, you can do so at the event.

Above: We like the wood-framed Diplomat Sleeper Sofa for its clean lines and ease of use: The firm foam cushions flip forward to become a queen-size bed. Shown here in Packwood grey, the sofa also comes in five other colors, all with walnut legs; $1,999.

Above: Slung-leather lounge chairs are having a moment, and Blu Dot’s Toro Lounge Chair is one of the standouts. Says Blu Dot designer Warren Young, “It’s a chair with not a lot of physical substance,” noting that it weighs only 15 pounds, “but it still has a strong presence.” Shown here in Day, it’s also available in Night and Chocolate; $1,299.

Above: We’ve admired Blu Dot’s Strut Table since its debut in 2005. Made of powder-coated steel topped with hard-wearing polyurethane-coated MDF, the design comes in three dining/worktable sizes: medium, large, and extra large (which seats 10). The collection has also grown to include Strut square and rectangular coffee tables, a console table, and side table, and prices start at $299. Shown here is the Strut Large Table in slate, also available in ivory, navy, watermelon, and white.

Above: The Shale 4 Drawer/2 Door Credenza is made of solid wood with handles of full-grain leather, adjustable shelves, and holes in the back for cord management. The drawers and doors all have self-closing–quiet–hardware. (Note: The bottom two drawers are actually one double-height drawer.) Shown in light walnut, the credenza is also available in walnut and smoke; $2,699.

Above: Summery and sculptural, Blu Dot’s Laika Medium Pendant Light pairs rattan with an exposed metal frame. Made in natural (shown) and white rattan, it’s $499. Other Laika shapes and sizes also available.

Above: All eight designs in Blu Dot’s Hang 1 Mirror series–including the Drop Mirror shown here–are smooth-edged shapes mounted on simple walnut pegs. At home in just about any setting (and great en masse), they are $299 each. 

Above: Blu Dot’s Splash Coat Rack is made of powder-coated steel crowned with solid walnut. It comes in five colors, including bright blue shown here; $299. Watch this video to see the Splash Coat Rack’s design and development, starting with the initial sketch. 

Don’t forget to enter your email address in our Blu Dot $1,000 Giveaway by July 14.