Forage Modern Workshop

Current FMW Featured Artist: Kieran Riley Abbott

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March 3 - April 2018
Opening Reception March 3: 3pm - 5p

Kieran Riley Abbott (b. 1992) is from Minneapolis, MN, and received her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2014. She has participated in residencies at Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Vermont Studio Center, and Women’s Studio Workshop. Recently her work has been exhibited in Minnesota, New York, and throughout New England. Kieran lives and works at Vermont Studio Center as a Staff-Artist.

Kieran's recent body of work centers around a series of sculptural monotypes, which are made by pouring wet hydrocal over a water-soluble crayon drawing. The drawing transfers onto the hydrocal, but not perfectly; the process disrupts the grid structure and reveals anomalies in the pattern. The illusionistic checkerboard floor - used as a shorthand for an artist’s mastery of linear perspective in Renaissance paintings - begins to undulate, and solid shapes start to blur around the edges. The malleability of these geometric patterns speaks not only to the limits of visual perception, but to an uncertainty around the invisible structures that dictate daily life. The mysterious intermediary step between the crayon drawing and final result, when the plaster is poured, yields a result I can never entirely control. This loss of control is an important component of the process.

Current FMW Featured Artist: Liz Pechacek

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Symbology is a new body of work by Liz Pechacek made to explore tactile formalist qualities while maintaining an obscure sense of utility.  These works draw upon her practice as a potter and reference functional ceramics through scale, use of multiples, ceramic as a medium and craft.  Devoid of any clear purpose, these objects convey an invitation to use that is obscured by context, like artifacts from some other culture and time.

Liz Pechacek
Minneapolis, MN
Liz Pechacek was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, by her artist mother and chemist father.  She grew up making all manner of things and found her way to clay in college.  She earned a BFA in ceramics and a BA in art history from Indiana University in 2012.  She now operates her ceramic studio in Minneapolis and teaches at Powderhorn Park.  Her work is all either hand built or slip cast from hand built prototypes.  Layered with slip, stains, and glaze, the work achieves a rich and complex surface that above all communicates a sense of touch.  Pechacek draws from a diverse range of historical sources, such as Mimbres and Neolithic Chinese pottery.  She bridges these influences with Danish Modern Ceramics and the work of such pioneers as Lucie Rie and Ruth Duckworth.


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See Ya 2017 Sale.

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It's been quite the year. In store we're offering 25% off full-price furniture, additional 10% off sale furniture and 15% off store wide. :)


*excludes our featured artist's work as we want them to get as much $$$ as possible. Also excludes the select pieces from Golden Age Design.

Staff Pickz

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Current FMW Featured Artist: OUECHA

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OUECHA's new edition "I'm 729 Days Late", reflects on timeless and timely questions and answers from * the body in space *.  Rooted softly between practice and play, the trio explores this range of issues via color, clothing, spinning tops, drawing exercises, orange arrangeables, and much more.  In keeping with the methodologies of their newest member, 16 month old Issa Lyon, they plan to continue adding to the show incrementally as their vision and experience develops. Stay abreast on Instagram at @ouecha and @ouechapohs


Fragments of a Home + Ouecha

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Featured: Ouecha

Christina and Frank Lyon share a multidisciplinary practice which spans music, clothing, design, and sundry spaces that evade description. Their editions can be experienced most comprehensively via a project called OUECHA / WAY - CHA which will open a show at Forage the first weekend in November. In the meantime you can keep current with them on Instagram: @ouechapohs + @ouecha


What does Home mean to you?

A place to play our flutes?

If one thinks of the World as home, then feeling there can be almost anywhere. But, with that thinking an occasional sense of homelessness can also occur with some frequency. Getting a feel for the middle ground between those poles has emerged as a fundamental theme in both of our lives. Some people experience a very clear sense of home where they were born, and others seem to be born under the star of homelessness, fated happily or sadly to a nomadic path. To us it feels more cyclical, like the push and pull of tides; a benevolent and often random sequence of feelings that refresh our sense of wonder, and also visit upon familiarity for its sweet sense of safety. We have felt at home in so many places, Arizona, Minnesota, Scotland, New York, Finland, Los Angeles, Mexico ... I never felt at home in San Francisco, although I wanted to. I don't think home is fantastical -- there is something deliciously plain about home for me. Metaphorically speaking, I never wanted to join the circus. That is probably most clearly what it "means."


Home is fall. The string of moments when you sense peacefully your own mortality and the drift toward rejoining everything more clearly.


Home is a place with many frisbees.

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

Rock Collection : I grew up on Lake Michigan, and would walk the beaches a lot to uncover special rocks which I would later present in a market of sorts with my friends. Right before the trading would take place, I would dip the rocks in water to enhance their coloring.

My deep fondness for rocks has me collecting all over the place. Some of my faves come from my friend Eliza's family house on the Long Island sound.  Very early in my courtship with Frank, I had my mind set on bringing him back a rock from Old Field but in doing so I put waaay too much pressure on myself, and the rock. I was freaking and Eliza was trying to help me and, after some time and with a mix of faith and exasperation, I reached into the sand and found the wildest looking specimen -- smooth, green, with all kinds of white perfect circles.  It was so handsome, I didn't even need to wet it. 

I later learned that John Cage was a big collector of rocks, and that made so much sense to me.  I have an orange one I carry with me at all times.  I call it the Magic Rock and it has brought great luck to some.  I rub it on planes so that the cosmos don't send us crashing from the sky.  Rocks are powerful!

Record Collection : The home as an intimate place and a container is quite ideal for acoustic experiments. A dynamic collection of music, and in this case records, is indispensable in exploring the physical and poetic character of your house. We love our collection more with each passing day for the freedom, beauty, and inspiration it provides us.

Czech Modern Children's Table Set : This was one of the first, and only, fine pieces of furniture I've approached and purchased as more of a collector. I love its childlike design, its strange balances and mysterious sophistication and grace.

Blue Head : A wonderful old couple brought me in off the street in Cobble Hill, New York promising me records and then sent me away with a blue sculpture of a woman's head that the matriarch had made years ago. It's a rare thing to be invited into a stranger's home and leave with a piece of their art. I feel the head has been very "now" for a long time... now.

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

The internet is the ultimate place to mediate your fantasies these days, but as we referenced earlier, we get a lot of obscure energy from music.  Particularly, the way that music, as a both an occupant and suggestion of atmosphere, can become a score for interior design. 

Also :

Alvar + Aino Aalto's residence / studio in Helsinki --> we went there on our honeymoon

Czech Modernism :  It often feels torqued on the axis of classicism and something more eccentric . . .  true love. 

John Cage --> plants / rocks / music / food / playfulness

Film : Eric Rohmer! We will never stop . . .

Spaces of friends : tangible + intangible

What is your favorite room and why?

Our L shaped living room / dining room

The light is amazing and changes softly throughout the day. We're also just beginning to understand what it means "to live the L," its central pivot offers at least two different programmatic axes towards the stereo/bookcase and the dining table. There is actually a third as well when you consider the fireplace and everything it includes as an experience and practice. There's enough space for 10+ people to visit, share cheer and devastation, practice yoga . . . plus, a view of a booming birch tree with a placenta nourishing it below; also, a portal piece by @toreyerin  !


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

Some seasonal combo of Helsinki --> Mexico City --> Twin Cities --> Duluth, maybe Montreal or Japan.  We've given some thought to Portugal.

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

Besides Forage . . .

estate sales

Frank's parents + grandmother Mimi 

friends who make things 

thrift stores all over the world

Prague Kolektiv (now defunct)

There is really no better discovery than finding something you love in someone else's trash; the abject in general is simply an astonishing way to casually expand one's taste --> mobilized fondness! (Wayne Koestenbaum)

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

Kush candle : This travels from our living room to our bedroom, walking past it and catching a whiff can adjust your attitude.

Hay cheese platter :  A Christmas gift to Frank, cheese is big in our family and we love how distinctly off-brand it is in the world of cheese; there is such a thing as too much heritage, and its otherworldly iridescence communicates that positively!

Mutto sofa : Our couch. we love our couch.  A gift to ourselves after getting through the first six months of parenthood; the softness is palpable in person, and even in cyber space. When we Air B+B our place, there is always a conversation about our pink prize, and how not to spill on it. :-)  Two guests actually touched our Rocks For Photography and then sat on it -- bad move, guys!

Erin Lee Smith lamp : A Christmas gift to Christina: our living room doesn't have much lighting, and the size and shape of this was perfect for us to put onto our built in book shelf. We love yellow, we loved its texture and personality, and the cord brings back cherished memories of phones.

S pillow : the perfect augmenter for our son Issa --> Lygia Clark therapies --> Peter Sloterdijk

Current Forage wish list?

Orange Vessel 11 painting  : so sweety

Small Circle Post Earring by There There Collective

Hay Tray For Bread  : I wasn't even really sure what this was, which is always a good place to start.

Glasses : Well, I love a big cup. I love to fill up a big cup with water or tea.  And, they just have a pretty light air about them. Slightly aquatic, slightly diaphanous.

3D Zip Set : for packing ! I am going on my first solo trip with my 14 month old son Issa to Mexico City, and an orderly suitcase could really grease our wheels.

The whole vintage collection curated by Sara Tonko is always refreshing and subtle, she has a great eye and way of interpreting color and design and  s t y l e  , straight up.

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

Current Featured Artist: Dietrich Sieling

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We are THRILLED to introduce our latest featured artist, Dietrich Sieling. We will be hosting an opening reception September 9th from 2p-6p and would love for you to join us.


Dietrich Sieling lives in Minneapolis and is a full-time artist. He was born in 1988 and diagnosed with autism when he was three.

Inspirations for Dietrich's work include calligraphy, a fascination with animals both scary and beloved - dogs and owls were (and are) terrifying, while kudus, zebras, and giraffes are beloved. Friends, family and self are also important subjects - drawn with special attention. Also providing great inspiration are fellow artists and musicians Jim Denomie, Angelena and Korla Luckeroth, Michael Gaughan (Brother and Sister, Ice Rod) Markus Lunkenheimer (Skoal Kodiac) Andy Fritz, (Tender Meat) and Melodious Owl. 

His aspirations include buying the old New French Cafe building, installing a spraying hose, and painting the floors with zebra and giraffe patterns.

You can follow along with photos of his work and other featured artists at #fmwfeaturedartist

Current Featured Artist: Charles Gary Prentiss

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We love the story behind our our buyer found our August Featured artist, Charles Gary Prentiss. We found his work through Forest Lewinger's Instagram (he's Workaday Handmade). The charming story is that Forest married Charles' daughter Molly, and Forest made pots as gifts for the wedding party. Charles then made paintings based on the pots Forest made for his new family. :) The style of these still life paintings are not characteristic of Charles' larger body of work, but he was happy to do them for us.  All pieces are available for sale in store and online.

Charles Prentiss is an artist, museum exhibit designer and architectural and color consultant living in Santa Cruz County, CA. As an artist he works primarily as a painter and printmaker. Born in Astoria, Oregon, he grew up in Orange County, CA. Attended UCLA as an art major, 1962-3. US Army Reserve 1964. Graduated from UC Riverside in Zoology, 1966. Worked as Curator of the Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History from 1969-98. Charles lives with his wife in a co-housing group of three families in La Selva Beach, CA.

Fragments of a Home + Darcy Farrow

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Featured: Darcy Farrow

Darcy lives with her partner and cat in the Highland neighborhood of Saint Paul, MN. She spends her time collecting homeware, creating collage and textile art, and selling vintage clothing on the side.

What does Home mean to you?

"Home" is wherever you are most comfortable, where you're completely at ease and it feels natural to be there. I'm also sort of introverted, so a place where I can treat myself to some quality alone time in a space that feels like mine is very important. "Home" is a totally malleable concept to me and can change locations and qualities throughout life as well.

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

I have a soft spot for ceramics and functional art, so I'd probably have to say my little collection of ceramic planters, mugs, and vases. I like to have a centerpiece of different ceramic bits on my dining table, and I can't resist rotating through different pieces and creating new arrangements, so they each get their time to shine!

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

I love watching movies with distinct artistic direction, visiting beautiful shops around town, reading magazines and even cookbooks to get home inspiration. Instagram and web galleries are fantastic for a quick fix, but it's kind of important for me to have a tangible experience to get really fired up and creative.

What is your favorite room and why?

This is a hard question because I love so many spots in my little apartment, but I'd have to settle on the bathroom being my favorite room. This might seem like a weird choice at first, but I go through so many important little rituals in my bathroom! It's my ultimate "me space." Everything is clean white, lots of dreamy light comes through the glass block wall of my shower, and all of my self-care bits are housed there too. Taking care of my skin and body is almost a hobby for me; I love trying out new products and learning about natural beauty, so I spend a good amount of time caring for myself in the bathroom. I've also been blessed with a nice bath, so that doesn't hurt either.

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

I would love to spend some of my life in Japan, the Netherlands, and California.

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

I spend far too much time in the Goodwill home goods section. Most of my furniture and decor comes from thrift stores and vintage shops, Craigslist, and a sprinkle of Ikea. When I do decide to buy something new or a quality piece that I'll want to have around for a long time, I always go to Forage.

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

My most recent addition is a wooden spiral mobile form our vintage collection that I have hanging in my room. I snatched it up the second it arrived in the shop! In my my living room/kitchen area, there's a gorgeous bar card made by Peter Sowinski that dutifully contains all of my booze and knick-knack overflow. My favorite corner in the apartment is occupied by the most perfect black vintage record stand paired with a wire planter from Menu, both from Forage as well.

Current Forage wish list?

I am totally amazed by our new coverlets from Kristine Salviejo; their quality is excellent and the pattern is insanely good. I've been wanting to get one of our Queue Two Tone Lighters for awhile, they're super slick and exude and instant-cool vibe. I also plan on picking up the most recent issue (#8) of Riposte, one of my all time favorite magazines. The larger Citronella Incense Coil would absolutely be on this list if I had a balcony or yard!

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

Fragments of a Home + Hannah

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Featured: Hannah Martin of It's a Mod Life 

Hannah lives in the East Town neighborhood of Milwaukee with her partner Harrison. She recently visited Montréal's Café Pista and is now obsessed with what she calls "Café Pista Green" which don the walls of this beautiful cafe. She can be found drinking coffee, having picnics and blogging on

What does Home mean to you?

Home is a reflection of yourself. Home is you. You can take all aspects of your identity and express that in your home. Because of this, home is just a place where you can truly be yourself.

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

My plants. I don't have any pets so my plants are kind of my pets. It's a way to really make my space, mine. Caring for them is kind of a ritual and that process puts my mark on my place.

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

Without a doubt, Swantje Hinrichsen. Her Instagram account is full of endless inspiration. She's mastered the Scandinavian modern/rustic/eclectic look. When I was in Scandinavia last summer, I made sure to hit up all the local interiors and home-ware shops along with HAY. I was heavily inspired by my travels there and I think that's truly reflective in my space. My friend Solveig has an amazing flat in Oslo and here family lives lose by in a typical homey and rustic Norwegian house.

What is your favorite room and why?

Kitchen. I live in a 300 sq. ft. one bedroom that's almost just a studio and I have a kitchen to match. It may just be a glorified closet but it's where I make coffee and cook almost all of my meals. I have always loved cooking especially for others so, my kitchen is the heart and soul of my space.

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

Scandinavia. If I haven't already made that clear enough. When I arrived in Oslo last summer I was waiting on the train platform for my train and a beautiful tall woman came up to me and spoke to me in Norwegian. She assumed I was Norwegian too until I unfortunately had to tell her that I don't speak Norwegian, although I'm trying to learn. It was that moment that I knew this was probably the place for me.

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

HAY, Ikea and vintage/thrift shops. Most of my furniture and home-wares are re-purposed Ikea or thrifted/vintage. There's a lot to be said for finding something and making it your own.

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

Stationery. There's an amazing stationery selection including items from HAY which is great because it's a bit hard to get a hold of in the US. I'm a stationery and a magazine fan and Forage is a premiere supplier of my collection.

Current Forage wish list?

Michelle Rondelli Cotton Blanket in Fuji - this would be the perfect picnic blanket.

Tivoli Audio Model One Digital - to complete my record player setup of course.

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

You can find Hannah here on Instagram. Also, check out her blog, It's a Mod Life,  here.

Studio 'N The Round Marbled Pillows

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UM...These Studio 'N the Round Pillows are INSANE! Made in Upstate New York especially for Forage Modern Workshop.

About The Pillows:
From Christin: "I marble and sew and design all the patterns in my Catskill studio. I marble fabric 60" x two yards at a time using the Turkish Ebru process, floating acrylic paint on irish moss (liquid seaweed)."
- Fabrics are hand marbled. They are color fast/set and post washed after marbling
- All pillow covers are removable via zipper
- The triangles are filled with foam/dacron styrofoam
- The beanbags are filled with beanbag pellets. The beanbag covers can be washed/cleaned, but note that if you unzip the beanbag you will need a trashbag/large bag to empty the beanbag pellets into.
- The 18" circular pillows have a zipper and the insert has a muslin cover. It is a heavy pillow meant for the floor and is stuffed with clean recycled clothes. The stuffing can be replaced as the customer sees fit.

Karma Beans

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Karma Beans - original Sculpture and Watercolors
June 5 - July 2017

Introducing "Karma Beans" by Angel Oloshove. You can purchase her Ombre Pottery Cups here.

About the Artist: Angel Oloshove (b. 1981, Temperance, MI) studied painting at California College ofthe Arts. She worked in graphic design and toy development in Tokyo. In 2009 sheturned her focus to develop her studio practice in ceramic sculpture.  Her work often experiments with painterly glazes to express feelings oftranscendental experiences through form and color.  She has balance a fine artpractice of sculptural ceramics as well has her own line of functional design potterystocked in design boutiques throughout the United States.Her exhibition Floating Worlds was selected as a Critic’s Pick for the April 2015 issueof ArtForum. In 2015, she was named one of “Ten Modern Ceramists Shaping theFuture” by AnOther Magazine. Angel’s ceramic designs and artworks were shown atthe inaugural Texas Design Fair at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.  Shehas also exhibited at Gallery Hanahou (New York), Front St. Gallery (Oakland, CA),and several arts institutions across Japan.  She was a finalist for the 2015 Houston Artadia Award, and is an incoming residentartist for at the Houston Center of Contemporary Art.

You can follow Angel Oloshove on her website.

Here, Forever

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HERE, FOREVER : an exhibit featuring new work by Torey Erin Hanson
July 16 - August 3rd, 2016

You can find out more about Torey Erin by visiting her website and instagram.



Lucky Peach's Last Issue

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Lucky Peach Issue No. 23 is the last issue of Lucky Peach Magazine and they made it a good one. It's all about the suburbs -- it's got freaky illustrations, all of the processed snack food we know and love and a section devoted to MN Church Potluck Staples.

Since 2011, David Chang's brain child has been all over shelves, covering the best of food related content. We will miss this publication and are grateful to have had it on our selves. Get your Issue 23 today!

 Image courtesy of Lucky Peach's Twitter.

Image courtesy of Lucky Peach's Twitter.

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.

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Featured Artist: Mark Schoening

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April 16 - May 26
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