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Fragments of a Home + Esmé

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Featured: Esmé McGlasson

Esmé is a Minneapolis native currently living in what's rumored to have once been a 1920s mob hideout in the Whittier neighborhood. She likes dogs, mastering the poached egg, and trying to keep her plants alive.

What does Home mean to you?

My parents' South Minneapolis house. I can name every cup, book, and wall ding.

Talk about an item/items in your home that you love most and why.

The artwork. I wouldn't call it a "collection," but I'm pretty proud of the pieces that I do have. I've also acquired a few old Woodsport furniture prototypes that I'm fond of. Not to lay on the introspection too heavy... but I think it's important to be surrounded by things that have souls.

What is your favorite source/sources for interior design inspiration? or Where do you find inspiration for your home?

People, books, and various Instagram accounts. In that order.

What is your favorite room and why?

Tough. My bedroom in the summer because I have seven giant windows that rest perfectly in the surrounding trees (feels like sleeping in a treehouse). And the kitchen because it's the most compassionate room in a home. My kitchen isn't aesthetically or functionally great but I love it—especially when the counters are clean and the fridge is full. 

If you could move anywhere in the world, where would it be?

To a floating home on the Copenhagen harbor. Or to a house in the Kanto region of Japan. There's one called "House H," built by Sou Fujimoto in 2009, that is so dreamy. 

Where are your favorite places to shop for home-related items?

I promise this isn't just a plug, but my favorite is Forage. Everything is so unique, like, a pencil at Forage is a pencil that's individually marbled in bright paint or comes with a custom eraser stand. Plus I'm a sucker for Japanese and Danish designs and Forage carries both <3 Also, Craigslist. I love Craigslist. Oh, and my parents' basement.

What are some of your favorite items from Forage that you have in your home?

My yellow Gus Jasper Cube! And my pink Q-Hooks! And my Hex Key hooks! And my orange basket... And my vintage magazine holder... And my Crystal Quinn print... Oops.

Please note that Esmé loathes the title, "Northern Delights," but insists that is really is a good book.

Please note that Esmé loathes the title, "Northern Delights," but insists that is really is a good book.

Current Forage wish list?

First, the Posy Bolo by Neal Jewelry (ugh). Second, multiple dining sets of Hasami Porcelain. Third would be one of the fig tree plants… which aren’t for sale, I'm just too lazy to seek them out elsewhere.

(To shop Esmé's picks, click on the images below.)

American Craft Council Recap

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St. Paul RiverCentre - April 7th-9th

Thank you to all who participated in our Instagram giveaway! We hope those who won tickets enjoyed the show. For those of you who didn't make it, we wanted to give you a little recap of our Make Room and our inspiration behind it all. All items available for purchase will be linked below.

This year marked the 75th Anniversary of the American Craft Council. This year's show was titled: "Space and Time," inspired by the iconic images that celebrate the history of craft by decade from the '40s to today. Each designer that participated in the Make Room was given a decade to design their room around. Partnering with Hygge & West, who provided and installed wallpaper from their removable wallpaper tile collection, we chose the 2010's. We wanted to represent what has been relevant for the last seven years. Millennials were a big part of that inspiration, bringing a new market with a lot of buying power. They have an affinity for nostalgia - including decades they did not grow up in. This results in the mixing of old and new - vintage and modern. There is also a care behind how products are made and there is a desire to support local makers and designers when possible. We centered our Make Room around these ideas. We also can't think of another time in design history when people created gallery walls. Shout out to Ashley Mary Art for providing the amazing artwork we featured in the space. It was a huge hit with show goers and made the perfect statement in the space. We featured the Inheritance Loveseat by Stephen Kenn and the Elko Credenza by Matt Eastvold, both of whom we believe will continue to influence design for years to come. The accessories we chose for the room fit that narrative as well. The Noodly Lamp by Erin Smith,  Dotted Planter and Elevated Planter by Ben Fiess, Modernica Planters and the Folded Vessel by Chen Chen & Kai Williams.

Other Accessories featured:

Featured Artist: Mark Schoening

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April 16 - Late May
Reception: Saturday, April 15, 4-6PM

We're super excited to be hosting 17 works by Minneapolis artist, Mark Schoening! 

Mark focuses mainly on the practice of painting and printmaking with slight diversions into the creation of three-dimensional objects. Along with an impressive list of exhibition places and spaces, Mark is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, and runs The Porch Gallery; a seasonal exhibition space in Minneapolis. 

You can read more about Mark here, or check out his Instagram

Forage Modern Workshop + American Craft Council

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American Craft Show, St. Paul RiverCentre, April 7th - 9th

2017 marks the 75th Anniversary of the of the American Craft Council.
This year's craft show theme is titled "Space and Time." It is inspired by iconic images that celebrate the history of craft by decade from the '40s to today.

We are so excited to announce our collaboration with Hygge & West for our 2010s themed "Make Room." Working within the 2010s decade theme, we were able to mix styles and eras, blending vintage and new.

You can purchase tickets to the American Craft Council Show, which will be held at the St. Paul RiverCentre, here. OR you can participate in our Instagram giveaway on Wednesday, April 5th. We will be sharing some of our favorite design inspiration from each decade. Simply comment on the photo with your favorite designer or design inspiration from that decade. If you are a lucky winner, we will notify you and your tickets will be made available for pick up at our store beginning Friday, April 7th. Best of luck!

Below we have shared some of our decade inspired musings. Enjoy!

1940s: Walter Gropius House in Massachusetts
1950s: Josef Albers Homage to the Square
1960s: Nightclub II Grifoncino. Interior design by Cesare Casati, Gino Morotta, and Emmanuele Ponzio
1970s: Superstudio Quaderna Furniture
1980s: Glastonbury Table Lamp by George Sowden
1990s: Issey Miyake, A POC (A Piece of Cloth) runway

Fragments of a Home + Kyndra

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Featured: Kyndra James

We have always been inspired by Kyndra's motivation and hustle. She has shown time and time again that working hard and sticking to your goals gets you where you want to be. Although she moved to Hawaii in 2016, we still consider her part of the Forage team (and miss her dearly.) Check out her killer taste, FMW wish list and her comments on the idea of "home" as we kick off our "Fragments of a Home" series. 

What does Home mean to you?

I've always been somewhat transient and have been single for most of my life, so my home is my sanctuary.  It's the place I go to decompress and sort through all of the thoughts and feelings I have when I was not inside these walls.  It's where I go to rest my mind and body, un-chaos my life and become inspired.

Talk about an item/items in your home that you love most and why.

Well, I just moved across the country (and the ocean) about six months ago so it's been somewhat of a slow build.  I only brought two suitcases and didn't ship any of my belongings.  At the same time I have a clean slate to start with for anything and everything.  My favorite item I've purchased so far was over craigslist from an elderly man who was practically in tears when he sold it to me because he loved it so much, I think his name was Simon.  He and his wife were moving into town into a much smaller place. I was telling him how much I loved the bench and he said "Yes, I really love it, too.".  It's this really beautiful Danish mcm bench.  I'm currently using it as a desk/vanity/bookshelf since I don't have a lot of other places to put things yet.  I love it so much and I'm so appreciative that he sold it to me.  I promised him that I'd take really good care of it.

What is your favorite source/sources for interior design inspiration? or Where do you find inspiration for your home?

I gotta be honest, I'm a tumblr maniac. I find that I'm inspired by photos of well sunlit homes with clean lines and a lot of plants.  I've become somewhat of a neat freak so I'm a nerd for organizational solves and ideas.  Nature is also a huge factor, as much as I love clean white space, I'm a sucker for a lot of plant life and natural wood.  I've also become obsessed with mauve and pink increasingly over the past year, so a pink wall with a large philodendron and I'm tingling in my bones.  Even visiting shops and restaurants that have these qualities get my gears grinding for ideas in my own home. I also cruise AirBnB and get inspired by all the beautiful homes up for short term rentals, or boutique hotels like Camp Wandewega or Urban Cowboy.  I guess I basically want my home to look like a boutique hotel on AirBnB.

What is your favorite room and why?

My favorite room is either the kitchen or my bedroom.  I always joke that if I had a kitchen in my bedroom I would probably cook a lot more.  I'm also a sucker for an awesome bathroom (however my current bathroom is not awesome so it is not my favorite room).  I work long and late hours in the hospitality and retail industry and have rarely ever not had a roommate.  My bedroom is my own space that I can go where I don't feel pressured to engage.  (It's also where I put all my favorite things.) I also find that cooking a great meal is soothing to my psyche and has a great reward (most of the time haha).

If you could move anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I'm kind of already living the dream right now but wouldn't argue about a beach front rental... I also have dreams of Greece or pretty much anywhere on the Mediterranean Sea or I want to live in a bright pink stucco house in Argentina.  I also wouldn't mind having a cozy cabin in the mountains or maybe a studio in the French Quarter. I don't know. I kind of want to live everywhere. 

Where are your favorite places to shop for home-related items?

I have yet to find a shop in Honolulu that's comparable to FMW, but I have a few boutiques I visit regularly to see what new items they get in. (Ginger 13, Owens & Co, Echo & Atlas, Olive & Oliver, Hound & Quail, Paiko). There are many brands there recognize from FMW and new ones that I've never heard of.  A lot of Australian companies have product in Hawaii as well.  Not to forget, there's plenty of thrift stores here and people are constantly moving off the island so it's a great place to find quality goods if you know what you're looking for. I've found Craigslist to be the best source for larger items at reasonable prices. 

What are some of your favorite items from Forage that you have in your home?

Like I said before I only brought two suitcases with me.  I managed to squeeze in my golden and pink rug by GUR, a beautiful golden palm throw by Happy Habitat, a vintage brass pineapple lamp (that I cannot find a shade to match for the life of me) and my Tivoli AM/FM radio. 

Current Forage wish list:

How do I say everything without saying everything?

Once I have somewhere to put them I'd like to grab myself some of those stackable colorful boxes Box Box by HAY. 

With lack of storage atm, I'm obsessed with woven baskets, so yeah, pretty much all of Doug Johnstons collection.

The BOX by Naknak in PINK

Q Hooks by afteroom in PINK or the Hex Key J Hooks would also be great to hang my denim.(Basically if it's pink I probably want it.)

The Dots by Muuto

Also I have a 4 legged cohabitant now, I'm not sure if you still have but am looking for a dog bed, so the Rake Dog Bed by Dusen Dusen.

(To shop Kyndra's picks, click on the images below.)

Featured Artist: Drawings by Rachel Howe

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February 16 - March 31
Rachel Howe from Small Spells has created 2 bodies of work to show at Forage Modern Workshop. The Zodiac Series and Two Groups of Drawings.

All of her pieces from both collections are available for purchase.


//From The Artist//

The two groups of drawings work alone and as a collective. Each drawing in some way addresses the layers of existence, the multiplicity of consciousness, when it taps into other senses around us. Listening to hidden voices, bringing underlying themes to the surface. Perception consists of moments of multi-layered consciousness: the concepts originating in the past + the sensory information of the present + assumptions about the future. And that's just linearly, there are also depths. Generational knowledge rears its head, ancestral lens come into focus.


The Zodiac series:
Aries: The start of the zodiac, Aries always leads the way, jumping head first into whatever challenges await, especially if it's an opportunity to show off some skills.

Taurus: Down to earth, connected to the land and all who lives there. Taurus takes pleasure in being an integrated part of it's surroundings.

Gemini: The sign of the twins, there is a slight fracturing of the self in order to transmit all kinds of information. Active, dynamic, on the move.

Cancer: The pet dog symbolizes so much about Cancer, who is loyal, sentimental, protective, soft most of the time but strong when needed, affectionate, a good friend, and loves to be at home.

Leo: The shining self, who takes pleasure in showing the best to the world. The sun is always out in the Leo world.

Virgo: The loving caretaker who efficiently nurtures others. A bridge between the earth and action. Applying love to knowledge.

Libra: The sign of harmony and balance, Libras are drawn to beauty, both in form and the concept of it. Always striving for the most pleasing outcome.

Scorpio: The darkest of all the signs, but in tune with the power held there. When Scorpio enters where others fear to tread, they find their reward.

Sagittarius: The explorer, the philosopher, the adventurer. Sagittarius seeks to break the chains of limited knowledge and limited experience by searching for truth and meaning.

Capricorn: The most reality-based sign, Capricorn wants to be reassured of its existence. It finds truth in the concrete and works towards understanding its lived experience by pinning it down.

Aquarius: Aquarius is the eccentric in the group, who does things a little differently. Able to be a loner who's connected to the crowd, operating from a logic only known to them.

Pisces: Pisces often exists in the space between two contradicting impulses, pulled one direction and then the other, somehow both making sense and able to co-exist.


Catch Cuties, Not Cooties

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Print, cut, fold, catch a cutie.

Find your dreamboat-to-be. Maybe they're a bright-eyed Leo or a 1992 Will Smith. Or maybe a Friends-era Jen An, or the cutie queen Lisa Bonet.

Don't want (or need) a cutie? Find what on-screen romance describes your actual love life. OR which dynamic duo represents you and your BFF IRL. Cutie Catchers designed in-house by our very own Kelsie.

FMW Cutie Catcher Fortune Tellers below.

<3 <3 <3

BOYFRIEND Cutie Catcher
GIRLFRIEND Cutie Catcher
DYNAMIC DUO Cutie Catcher


Cameron Wittig in the House

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We’ve got Cameron Wittig this month.

Yup. Walker Art Center staff photographer veteran, portrait-taker of artistic greats (Coppola, Chuck Close, and Poliça just to name a few), and an overall incredible talent. Plus, there’s a few Casey Deming collab pieces in the mix. The work is evocative and smart, and it’s up on our walls through February 12th.

Cameron lives and works in Minneapolis, MN.

Learn more.

HUGE Floor Model Sale

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January 6 11a-7p

January 7 11a-7p

January 8 11a-7p

All Floor Model sofas, chairs, tables, lighting, storage pieces and more will be marked down between 15-60% off. We're not kidding. SO MUCH AMAZING STUFF. Out with the old and in with the new. Follow along with updates here.


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We're not joking! In store and online line 12/17-18 we're offering 30% off storewide (a few exceptions apply). In store and online enter HOHOHOLIDAY during checkout.

Order by noon on 12/19 to guarantee 12/24 delivery. Also enter SHIPITTOME during checkout and we will ship it for free!

PLUS! We will wrap it up for you all pretty if you want us to. Now get shopping!

Candle sale!

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Candles make the perfect gift. Plus - you'll use a bunch during the holidays trying to get all hygge and stuff.

For a limited time, buy at least 2 candles (or incense, etc), and 20% off! PLUS - we'll throw in one of our super cute matchbooks! Enter CANDLEZ during checkout.

And don't forget - we do gift wrapping, totally free-of-charge. Simply let us know in the notes during checkout that you'd like us to wrap your purchase.

Gift Bundles!

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Sometimes scouring and picking out the perfect gift can take a lot of time (that frankly, you don't really have...well - maybe you do because you're reading this sentence). ANYWAY - we put together some perfect gift bundles for you! And we shaved a few bucks off. Plus! - we'll wrap it all up for you! Just make a note during check out that you want it gift wrapped and we'll do it free of charge!

Check them all out in our Gift Guide!

Forage Modern Workshop Gift Card

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Give the Gift of Forage with a Forage Modern Workshop Gift Card available in increments on $25, $40, $100, and $250. Gift cards are PHYSICAL GIFT CARDS that will be sent via postal mail.

Enter the shipping address of where you'd like it to go as prompted at checkout.

If you'd like it to be wrapped in the cutest gift card box at no additional charge, please ask us to do so in the purchase notes.

Gift cards can be used in store only at this time.

Rising Signs Prints

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As seen in the store and on (using 2 Dope Queens phrase) "soc-meds" the month of October, we are happy to announce you can now purchase the prints that were featured in the Rising Signs show!

Risings Signs was a Risograph print show curated by Maddy Nye. Each print is a 12 x 18 on cover weight paper in an Edition of 50.

Artist's Include:
Linda Aldredge
Samantha French
Isa Newby Gagarin
Emily Litjens
Lisa Luck
Maddy Nye
Erica Parrott
Crystal Quinn
Ginny Sims
Erin Lynn Smith

See more pics of the show up in the store #FMWrisingsigns