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Lily Stan Pop Up

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We're stoked to be hosting a Lily Stan Sample Sale.

November 22 from 10a-5p.

She will be offering samples ($50 & under) of one-off's from my studio, as well as 15% off of regularly priced items. Don't miss it!

A little about Lily:

"I am a 24 year old designer who graduated from RISD & worked at Kate Spade before moving to Minnesota to design childrenswear for Target. I started Lily Stan Studio because I missed the daily creative process in college of pattern drafting & sewing. Also, I wanted to change my habit of purchasing disposable fashion, so I decided to make myself a sort of uniform. Lily Stan Studio is that uniform. It is an ongoing collection of pieces that are meant to be layered together to make a concise closet to last beyond one season."

Twin Peak's Themed Halloween Party

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Twin Peaks themed Halloween Party at Forage Modern Workshop

Oct 31 // 6-8p

Music by The Bookhouse Boys

Coffee and Donuts

Costume Contest (winner receives $100 Forage Gift Card)

*You can come in any costume - you do not have to dress as a Twin Peak's character, though that'd be super rad if you did. 

Check out some of our favorite Twin Peak's Costume ideas.

COSTUME  CONTEST UPDATE: We had such a good time at our Twin Peak's Halloween Party. Our winner is: Log lady and log child! Best mother/baby costume we've seen. Check out all of the finalist blow.

Forage Turns Two - September 6

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We're celebrating our 2nd birthday on September 6th!

We're celebrating our 2nd birthday on September 6th!

1. Party! Join us Saturday, September 6 for some in store music by Beatrix Jar! They will be creating a sound collage from 1pm - 5pm. 

2. We will also be having a in-store drawing. Visit us Saturday, September 6th and enter your name into a drawing to win a $200 Forage Gift Card! Woop.

3. Lastly, we will be having a photo contest. All this week, take a picture of your favorite forage item/place in the store with the hashtag #forageturnstwo . Our favorite pic will also win a $200 Forage Gift Card.

Wooo Hoooo! It's been a fun two years.

MUUTO: A New Nordic Perspective

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I don't know about you, but when my eyes land on a piece of scandinavian furniture (danish specifically), my eyes start to well up and my mouth starts to drool (embarrassing, really). The well thought out design, the hours put into the craftsmanship, the way they so deliberately step out of the box to create something fresh, inspiring, and new. 

Muuto, a modern design company, which name derives from the Finnish word muutos (meaning new perspective), does exactly this. 

Striving to expand the Scandinavian design tradition with new and original perspectives, Muuto, handpicks the brightest design talent in Scandinavia. Believing that good design starts with the person, they give them the freedom to express their individual story through everyday objects. Some want to alter the world, others find passion in color and shape or draw deeply from personal experience. Together these designers create a stunning collection of new nordic design that is striking and practical.

Fredricks & Mae: Nose to the ground and mouths agape

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Kites taking flight... (kite 1, kite 2, kite 3)

Kites taking flight... (kite 1, kite 2, kite 3)

Backyard bocce bafoonery...

Backyard bocce bafoonery...

Foosball passes and banter...

Foosball passes and banter...

The sweeping swishing brushes to collect up the aftermath left from endless hours of summertime child-like fun...

The sweeping swishing brushes to collect up the aftermath left from endless hours of summertime child-like fun...

This is Fredricks & Mae!

This is Fredricks & Mae!

This playful art and design duo's path started through a shared love for materials - piles of feathers, thread, gold and paper that decorated their first studio in 2007. Their collaborative practice has since evolved into a series of objects for the home, garden and sky. A collection that spans from handcrafted tools to rituals and games that trace arcs through history and across the earth. Fredricks & Mae, a material anthropology of objects with origins far and wide, they follow these arcs: nose to the ground and mouths agape.

Ping Pong Party - July 11

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It's been too long since our last Ping Pong Party. 

Here's the scoop: 

  • $5 to play (winner takes all), prizes for 2nd and 3rd place
  • Registration from 4:30p-5:30p day of. We suggest pre-registering by emailing info (at) foragemodernworkshop (dot) com with your name, confirmation that you will be on site, ready to play by 5:30p, and level of play between 1-3 (3 being excellent, 1 being you play for fun). This will help us create round robin tournament brackets for each level of play.
  • Tournament will go from approximately 5:45p-10p. Marty will be back to run the tournament.

And for those who don't want to play - that's OK! We will have BB Gun playing sweet tunes at 6:00pm and DJ's Chris Hontos and Collin Weiland all night long!

Plus - food and drinks available from Parka.

And just so you know how awesome it's going to be, here's the recap from our last ping pong event.

Interview With Benjamin Rogers

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We are so lucky to have two of Benjamin Rogers choice paintings hanging amongst our collection of curated goods. Both striking pieces carry strong punches of color and layers of depth. That once fixed to any wall, move you to stop and really examine the texture, the mood, and just how stunning they really are. Benjamin, having sought out years of education and then teaching for sometime himself, really knows how to be very thorough and explain his vision directly on the canvas. Makes sense as to why his work has been featured on the covers of 'New American Paintings' and 'Fresh Paint Magazine', hey?

You're not from Minneapolis originally - tell us about your journey here.

I was born in Cincinnati OH and grew up in nearby Kentucky. Studied Painting there and developed a SLIGHT southern drawl. I then went to graduate school studying painting at Louisiana State University and Arizona State University where I received my MFA. I moved back to Cincinnati and taught college kids how to draw during the day and worked for the post office at night. I did that for two years and then I was offered a full time teaching position at Normandale Community College so my wife and I moved to Minneapolis.

How long have you been painting? What it always something you thought you'd do?

I've been painting for 14 years, but I've only taken it seriously for the last 11 or so. I was interested in art as a young lad, but I thought I'd be a writer or a musician early on. At a certain point I had to make a decision and I was most passionate about making art so I decided to pursue that wholeheartedly. The sometimes frustrating thing about making art is how long it takes to make something truly original. I was painting for about eight years before I started making paintings that felt like they were really mine, but I feel like my work is much stronger because I had to endure that process of searching for my voice.

Whats your favorite rainy day song? 

I don't have a favorite rainy day song, a rainy day is just another day to me. Because I lived in Arizona for three years I didn't get to experience rainy or even overcast days very often, so I usually like rainy days. I suppose if I had to choose one it would be Elliott Smith's "Twilight" or J. Tillman's "I will return" just because I love sad music and sad music seems to pair perfectly with a rainy day.

What's the best meal you've had in the last year? 

The best meal I've had in the last year was probably the meal at my wedding last June. We had a small ceremony, about 40 people, and we all had a picnic together before we walked into the woods to get hitched. My brother-in-law made the star attraction of the picnic, the nashville hot chicken. If you haven't had nashville hot chicken, I'm not going to explain it, i'll just say that if you ever go to nashville find Prince's Chicken Shack and eat you some. Anyway it was the juiciest, crispiest fried, most flavorful fried chicken I have ever had and I was surrounded by people I love about to marry my favorite person. So it's kind of hard to beat that.

Any plans for the upcoming year for your work?

I have a Solo Exhibition at the Soo Visual Arts Center in August and this summer I'm going to be making a lot of work. We have a 2 month old son now, so we'll also be taking care of him a little bit. But other than that I have no idea what is next. My contract with Normandale is complete, it was only for one year, so I may try to live off of selling art for as long as I can.

ICFF Weekend Recap: Meeting Friends of Forage

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The night before we began our whirlwind through the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), we were fortunate enough to attend Sight Unseen's Offsite opening night party. There, we met Dylan Davis and Jean Lee of Ladies and Gentlemen Studio (they make these beauties). Check out their new line of lighting, plus special collaborations with glass artist, John Hogan: 

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Later on in the evening, we found DAMM Design! We have their Hombre Pendant hanging in the front window. 

At ICFF, one of our first stops was Stephen Kenn. You know him for his sturdy Inheritance Collection chair and ottoman in the shop, as well as his gorgeous Encounter Collection leather goods. Stephen revealed that he will be releasing a new line of luxurious leather bags in black.

Our friends Hennepin Made (makers of the fine pendants above our front desk) were at ICFF, and it sounds like they've been busier than ever! They have a ton of new products, and they're looking good.

We found the party when we came across Loll - their space was bumpin'! Loll has been receiving such great press lately (featured alongside Forage in Food and Wine), and it's not surprising -- their stuff is hot

Get a load of that sweet kids' bike! It was made for Heritage Littles, part of Heritage Bicycles General Store, Chicago. 

I got a chance to meet one of my new favorites to the store, Fort Standard. Their new Framework lighting, shown below, has been getting a ton of press lately!

We ended up seeing Bend Goods everywhere! Their drum table and Farmhouse Lounge Chair were at Sight Unseen Offsite party. They unveiled a couple new colors (hot coral/red and copper!) at ICFF. 

The last photo is a one-of-a-kind collaboration with a Los Angeles artist, Edward Granger. We even saw the Bend Lucy Stool in a McDonald's! In Manhattan! One of my favorite discoveries of the trip.

Wind and Willow Home In-Store Launch Event.

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After a hard-won spring, we’re particularly fond of Araya Jensen’s bright and happy designs. Producing colorful housewares under the name of Wind and Willow Home, Jensen’s bowlsspoons, and mini-planters have us dreaming of savory summer salads and sweet window-sill succulents. 

A love of good looks is what initially led this talented maker to a career in interior design; where Jensen logged an impressive twelve years of service. An enterprising spirit and solid midwestern work ethic is then what led Jensen towards beginning her own business. 

Existing originally as a curated web shop of handmade gifts from other designers, Wind and Willow turned into a brand of it’s own quickly, after the launch of her own line, one Jensen referred to simply as ‘Dipped.’

A sensible collection of wooden housewares, Jensen’s hand-dipped pieces quickly became more than an experimental add-on to the shop once units started selling - and fast. With Wind & Willow Home, bold colors, bare woods, and organic textures manifest themselves into something unique, at once accessible and special. Preferring an organic variance, there is no taping or measuring when Jensen hand-dips and dyes all of her bowls and spoons. This imbues them with a sense of scandinavian modernism without the usual sterility. For each Wind and Willow collection released semi-annually there’s the accompanying seasonal color story to look forward to as well. Wether it’s juicy pink peach with prickly green pear for spring or warm walnuts and marbled metallics for fall, any item from Jensen’s line is a delight. With accessible price points and a sense of low-maintenance sophistication, we think Wind & Willow is a fantastic representation of modern midwest design.

We’ve been proud to stock items from Araya Jensen at the shop since our inception and it has been such a pleasure to watch this friend grow her business alongside ours. As such, we cannot be more excited to announce Forage as the location for Jensen’s official Indiegogo Launch event.

Join us next Wednesday April 16th at the shop for a meet and mingle with the maker herself. We'll be starting at six, and with so much to preview from Jensen's spring line, we sincerely hope you'll be sticking around until the end. Araya's official launch announcement is something to celebrate and we can't wait to start. 


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We are so excited to announce that we have partnered with the Circa Gallery in Minneapolis' North Loop to put together the Forage + Circa Exhibit.

What we love about this concept is that it is, in a sense, the opposite of what we do in our store - in the store we try to take modern design pieces and place them in vignettes to show their functionality and accessibility. This exhibit will take modern design and show it as art. It's been great partnering with Teresa and the Circa Gallery to put this together. Check it out! The exhibit runs through May 24th.

Forage Designers/Makers shown in the exhibit are:

Loll Designs

Tandem Made

Solid Manufacturing Co.


Flensted Mobiles

Spring Favorites: No One Appreciates Spring More Than a Minnesotan

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Seriously. This is the second year in a row that winters have spanned into almost 8 months. And while there are plenty of things we love about winter (staying inside, snow fights, warm drinks, cozy blankets, etc) when spring arrives, we prance around with perma-grins.

The fun part about the arrival of spring is the welcoming of fresh products that scream 'airy breeze' and 'sunshine' and 'dinners on the patio'. Check out our favorite spring products.

1. Hombre Pendants by DAMM Design - these cuties brighten up any space. Perfect by itself or as a cluster. 

2. Large Standing Bowl by Fort Standard - spring time tastes like chips and guac. And this can help you serve it up right.

3. SUP Door Mat by Reed Wilson Design - HILARIOUS. And perfect for keeping your floors clean on the rainy spring days.

4. Mini Planters by Wind and Willow Home - these can LITERALLY go anywhere. Add an air plant or small succulent and WHAM! You've got spring all up in your space.

5. Pliny the Lounger by Loll - we love Loll. This just might be our favorite of their designs. These would be perfect around your fire pit.

6. New Mexico Pillow by Little Korboose - these are so luxe. And a clean and fresh designed accent, even if it's a white and black one, adds a bright airy feel.

7. Linen Napkins by Caroline Z Hurley - make a Facebook event and host a spring brunch. These lovelies will help make it Kinfolky. 

8. Backpack by Stephen Kenn - BIKE RIDES. The perfect companion for wheeling around town.

Color Space Editions + Forage Modern Workshop

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We are very excited about our new collaboration with Color Space out of NE Minneapolis.

Color Space Editions is a project launched in early 2014 by Color Space Art and Imaging LLP. After years in the print and art services industry, Color Space Editions now allows owners to not only serve the artists they have come to know, but also take an active roll in promoting their work. As the production resource for countless artists and art professionals, its a natural evolution to move into a more active roll in the local and natural art community.

Chris approached us about selling some of their editions at Forage Modern Workshop. After seeing the prints, we FELL IN LOVE. And as a curated store, we really appreciate the fact that the prints are limited to 20. Once sold out, no prints may ever be added to the edition.  

We're starting with two prints by each the following artists: Caylon Hackwith and by Aaron Norberg.

Ben Fiess + Forage Modern Workshop

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Ben Fiess is amazing. And you're starting to see his utilitarian jars everywhere. We were happy to work with him to create a small collection of jars in a Forage-exclusive color combo. They are stunning. We have a small exclusive collection of jars available - each one is a little different. 

How did you get started working with ceramics? 

I first worked with ceramics my third year of college at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. I thought I was going to major in graphic design but learned that ceramics was much more interesting to me. It involves 2D and 3D design as well as material exploration. All of the materials are mined from the earth and there are limitless ways to combine them. I became really interested in testing glaze recipes and clay bodies and trying to develop new surfaces as an undergraduate. After college, I attended graduate school at Indiana University to focus in ceramic studio art. I never really explored domestic pottery while in school, save for the annual pottery sales that raised money so we could bring in visiting artists and go on ceramic-related trips. The majority of my studio practice arrives at small-scale compositions, usually involving ceramic materials and whatever else I find complements it. I'm only recently investigating more utilitarian forms and objects.

Tell us a little bit about how you see your Utilitarian Ceramic pot working in today's modern home?

The utilitarian ceramics series of jars started as an investigation of color on form. As such, I never designed them to hold a function other than visual objects. However, they can function well as storage vessels or as flower vases. They are made of vitreous porcelain and glazed on the interior with an easy to clean glossy white glaze.

You're currently living and working on a farm, correct? Tell us one of your favorite farming chores and why?

Currently my ceramic studio is located on my friends' farm just outside the Twin Cities. It is a small farm and the chores are anything but routine. Right now is planting season and that begins with a lot of soil preparation. The biggest task in the past three months was the birth of eight goat kids. The weather was about -10°F and it was a challenge to keep the kids warm and fed. There are also cows and chickens, and turkey poults will arrive this summer too. Aside from that, there is the continual maintenance and repair of farm equipment, engines, buildings, and anything else ends up needing attention. I enjoy fixing things. Two years ago I planted 1000 asparagus crowns and they have been coming up the past two weeks–right now my favorite chore is harvesting the asparagus because it means eating a lot of asparagus.

What is your favorite go-to rainy-day song?

I don't have a rainy-day song but I do find myself listening to albums more depending on the season. My summertime favorites are 'Summerteeth' by Wilco and 'All Your Summer Songs' by Saturday Looks Good to Me. 

What is the best meal you've had in the last year?

That's difficult. Last night I had a dish with morels and asparagus that was really good. 

Do Good. Relax. Support the Yellow Leaf Hammock mission!

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Man, are we pumped about these sweet new hammocks by Yellow Leaf Hammocks. They literally feel like silk, or that good feeling of 'like butter' on your fingertips. They not only swing with a 'damn, that's fine', but sway with a 'hell yeah', all the while serving a purpose and a mission. Here's the gist on how Joe Demin, Founder and 'Chief Relaxation Officer', took a leap and landed on the opportunity to create something special while impacting lives.

1. Yellowleaf was founded by Rachel Connors and yourself (Joe Demin). How did this idea get started?

Yellow Leaf Hammocks was born from a "vacation inspiration." A few years back I was traveling through Thailand and I discovered the most amazing hammock on a remote island. I've always been a huge hammock fan, but I'd never seen such a soft, vibrant, comfortable hammock!
When I started investigating where my hammock came from, I learned that it wasn't made in a factory but handwoven in a village. I was so obsessed with my hammock at this point that I convinced a cabbie to drive me 600 miles to the mountain village so I could meet the artisans behind the hammocks. 

I learned about the extreme poverty that hill tribes faced and heard from families who were desperate to get out of slash and burn farming. We all realized that these hammocks were incredibly special and could transform the community if they could reach the global market. So I struck a handshake deal and headed back to the US with a backpack full of hammocks! I convinced my girlfriend Rachel to start selling them at pop-up shops that first summer and it's all grown from there!

2. Tell us about your process.

Each hammock is completely handwoven! It's truly a labor of love and takes 6-7 days to weave our most popular hammock, the "Classic Double." Each hammock is created using 3 1/2 miles of yarn and 150,000 interwoven loops! Our specially sourced microyarn is some of the softest, coziest material ever used in hammock production (it's exclusive to our brand). They're also very durable-- weathersafe and UV resistant. Our bright colors never fade and the hammocks hold up well outdoors in the elements. Check out this video for more info.

4. When it's raining, what is your go to rainy-day song?

I love rainy days actually. We don't get a lot of them here in Cali but when they come, it's awesome to put on my headphones and crank through work on my laptop while listening to Ray Lamontagne or the Felice Brothers!

5. What's the best meal you've had in the last year?

Luckily my girlfriend Rachel (who is also my co-founder) is an AMAZING cook (head chef at Hammock HQ) so there are lots of "best meals" to be had here! Most recently, she made a delicious home-made meatloaf that is still making my mouth water. But now that I think about it, that steak we grilled last week was pretty scrumptious too...

6. Any upcoming plans for your brand in the next year?

We're launching a new rope hammock line later this summer and are really excited to expand our line! We'll also be rotating in plenty of new designs and limited edition, seasonal collections! Stay tuned...

American Craft Council's Make Room 2014

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Our designers Mike Smith and Katie French in a mock-up of the idea of the vignette. the fill vignette will be at the ACC Show. Photograph by Steve Henke.

Our designers Mike Smith and Katie French in a mock-up of the idea of the vignette. the fill vignette will be at the ACC Show. Photograph by Steve Henke.

We are so excited to once again be a part of the 2014 American Craft Council's Show at the RiverCentre in St Paul, MN.  The ACC invites select designers and architects to style a vignette inspired by a piece of fine craft. This year's theme is "Let's Entertain"

An added bonus and another reason to attend this year's show (as if you needed another reason...) is that Brownsmith Restoration and Forage are designing and creating  an on-site craft beer taproom, where the Twin Cities’ own Beer Dabbler, an organization focused on promoting the culture of craft beer, is hosting daily tastings of a selection of nine offerings from area microbreweries. The room will feature a handcrafted bar top by our friend Willie of Willie Willette Works

Participating Breweries in the tap room are Indeed Brewing CompanyFulton BeerDangerous Man Brewing Co.Hayes Public HouseFitger's BrewhouseBent Paddle Brewing Co.Blacklist BrewingSociable Cider Werks, and Bang Brewing

From left: ACC artist Willie Willette, Brittany Pool, and Michael Smith of Brownsmith Restoration, Joe Alton, editor of The Growler, the Beer Dabbler’s bi-monthly print magazine, and Matt Kenevan, owner of the Beer Dabbler. Show Dates: Friday, April 11: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, April 13: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Please come and check out the show. More details about the show can be found on the American Craft council's website.

From left: ACC artist Willie Willette, Brittany Pool, and Michael Smith of Brownsmith Restoration, Joe Alton, editor of The Growler, the Beer Dabbler’s bi-monthly print magazine, and Matt Kenevan, owner of the Beer Dabbler.

Show Dates:

Friday, April 11: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 12: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 13: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Please come and check out the show. More details about the show can be found on the American Craft council's website.