As friends in college we shared a passion for art, architecture and design. After school, we went looking for modern design to furnish our first homes, but the things we could afford we didn't like, and the things we liked we couldn't afford. We figured we weren't alone. So, along with our friend Charlie Lazor, the three of us - two architects and a sculptor - started Blu Dot in 1997. We've been designing things we love in our Minneapolis studio every day since.
Our goal is to bring good design to as many people as possible. That means creating products that are useful, affordable, and desirable. To make that happen, our design process is founded on collaboration. Not just among ourselves as we play show-and-tell with concepts, but as a total collaboration from pencil and paper, materials and machines, even packaging and assembly. We like to think that the form is almost inevitable, a by-product of the process. Our job is simply to help it emerge as beautifully and as efficiently as possible.
We design it. We stand behind it. We hope you dig it.
Maurice Blanks and John Christakos,
"With the inventive, can-do spirit that characterized the work of the Eameses, Blu Dot has resurrected the values of the Good Design movement and its popular potential."
American Contemporary Furniture
"Their furniture has a spirit and ingenuity, a down-to-earth appeal."
Design Director and Curator,
Walker Art Center
"Running concurrently with Blu Dot's high seriousness about utility, affordability, modernity ... is a strain of high ridiculousness."