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Blu Dot is a Minneapolis-based modern furniture company, Blu Dot, has never wavered from its founding commitment to creating smart, well-crafted modern furniture that also remains accessibly priced.
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What sets Blu Dot apart are the designs that are meticulously well-thought-out, well-crafted, and original. The company marries whimsical taste with extreme practicality, which allows them to keep prices low without sacrificing quality. Blu Dot achieves this by staying small and keeping the design process in-house. This full control of the process, from design to production to retail, allows Blu Dot to learn from any snags or hiccups and use that feedback to improve future products. Among the standouts are an efficient “One Night Stand Sleeper Sofa;” a foldable-steel “Real Good” counter stool; the seemingly gravity-defying “Desk 51,” with a writing surface jutting far past the legs; stackable solid wood “Timber Chairs;” and a modular shelving system of powder-coated steel that doesn’t require hardware.
Blu Dot was founded in 1997 by 3 college friends who, to this day, design everything they make in their studio in Minneapolis. Today the designers John Christakos, Charles Lazor, and Maurice Blanks create modern furniture and lighting products that are useful, affordable, and desirable with a design process that relies heavily on teamwork and collaboration. The first collection included 18 pieces, ranging from a magazine rack to a modular shelving unit called the Chicago 8 Box, which remains in production today. Blu Dot works with craftspeople from around the world to bring designs to life, like a small, family-owned factory in northern Italy that specializes in metalworking tasked to manufacture the Hot Mesh collection.
With only few store locations; San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, Minneapolis and SoHo, it might be hard to road test Blu Dot's sofas in an area near you, but that shouldn't prevent you from partaking in their gorgeous furnishings.
Their online catalog of exclusive pieces is full of contemporary silhouettes that are still welcoming and cozy, which we love. And they also offer an outlet area on their website and stores so you can buy at discounted prices. If you prefer to have a beautiful, coffee table worthy catalog you can sign up to order it.
Their shipping rates are straight-forward, 5% of the total purchase price, and you won't need to wait long for their order as all in-stock items leave the warehouse within 24-48 hours.