We're here every day. We see all the new items come in and there are a few items we can't live without this holiday (for ourselves and those on our list). :)
We're here every day. We see all the new items come in and there are a few items we can't live without this holiday (for ourselves and those on our list). :)
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
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.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
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
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 itsamodlife.com.
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.)
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 - 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.
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.
//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.
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.
Isa Newby Gagarin
Erin Lynn Smith
See more pics of the show up in the store #FMWrisingsigns
Yaaasss! We are pumped to now carry There There Collective in store. There There is a group of 4 Minneapolis-based artists, each with their own medium, coming together with a shared aesthetic and respect.
We are carrying the following items from There There Collective:
Select Prints from Casey Deming
August 30 - September 1, 2016
Casey Deming is a Minneapolis-based artist with a focus on printmaking, design, and sound art. Prints available at the show are hand-printed and collage-based.
Casey Deming is a Minneapolis-based artist with a focus on printmaking, design, and sound art. He has curated the Tuesday Series for Improvised Music since 2008. Casey’s visual art has been exhibited at the MN Center for Book Arts, Madame of the Arts, Art of This, Honeycomb Salon, Chicago Artists Coalition, Modern Times Cafe, and The White Page Gallery. He was a featured musician and curator at The Soap Factory’s 2013 Minnesota Biennial. In the winter of 2015 Casey received the Jerome Foundation’s 416 Commission through the Cedar Cultural Center. He will be a featured artist at an upcoming collage-based exhibition of prints at Lula Cafe in Chicago.
To see more of Casey's work we encourage you to visit his website.
When someone (In this case, Mel) asks you to stage a new build in Linden Hills the answer should always be yes. Even if it means you have to pull the whole team together to source and brainstorm and plan, to mood board yourselves silly, and then collectively make it happen in a matter of days. It is ALWAYS worth it. We had the best time sourcing the most incredible pieces from our current catalog of vendors and collaborating with a few local friends too - THANK YOU!! This 3-story house with a wrap around patio, a bathroom to equipt each bedroom, and careful consideration to all of the curated materials (the floors are GORGEOUS!) will haunt your dreams. This house is nuts, you guys. Thanks for the fun opportunity, Mel!
| FRONT ENTRY |
| FOYER |
| MAIN LEVEL POWDER ROOM |
| LIVING ROOM |
| DINING ROOM VIEW FROM LIVING ROOM |
| DINING ROOM + KITCHEN VIEW FROM LIVING ROOM |
| KITCHEN VIEW FROM DINING ROOM |
| KITCHEN VIEW FROM PATIO DOOR |
| KITCHEN |
| MAIN LEVEL MASTER BEDROOM, MAIN LEVEL MASTER PATIO |
| MAIN LEVEL MASTER BATHROOM, MAIN LEVEL PATIO OFF OF MASTER |
| UPSTAIRS MASTER BEDROOM |
| UPSTAIRS MASTER BATHROOM |
| UPSTAIRS PATIO OFF OF UPSTAIRS MASTER |
| UPSTAIRS OFFICE |
| UPSTAIRS BEDROOM |
| UPSTAIRS BEDROOM |
| DOWNSTAIRS LOUNGE |
| DOWNSTAIRS LOUNGE FACING GARAGE ENTRY |
| MAIN LEVEL PATIO |
| MAIN LEVEL PATIO |
Gus Modern's annual summer sale starts today and runs through August 14th. It's a great time to update key piece of furniture, before the school year begins again and well before you've found out that you're hosting the family for the holidays!
Stop in and check out Gus in person. Here are a couple of our favorites...
We have fabric swatches available to see in person. Don't wait 'til the end of the sale to take advantage of this deal!
Today's inspiration comes from this little nursery designed by Lauren Geremia. This space is minimal and neutral with the perfect amount of whimsy. We love the bursts of color scattered throughout. Also, the Sparrow Rocker from Gus Modern is the perfect glider for you and your new babe. Take a look at our Forage picks to create a similar look.
Featured products can be found at in store and online at Forage Modern Workshop.
This week's FMWFAVs is from our Director of Operations and Boss Lady, Rebekah! See her picks below. You can also see previous staff picks here.
1. This In The Grass Pillow by HAY is so fun. I know there's someone on my list that would appreciate this...maybe it's me...
2. I'm headed to Mexico with friends next month and I'm packing this super soft Pendleton Towel for sure. It'll be perfect for beach hangs and whale watching.
3. I've never had to buy teacher gifts before, but I think these Malin and Goetz votive candles will be perfect for my daughter's preschool teachers. Perfect size and smell oh-so-nice.
4. Seriously?!?! These Hipstory Postcards by Illustrator, Amit Shimoni are insane. They are all so fun, ridiculous and thoughtful in their characterization. I can't get enough.
We are so pumped to announce the arrival of a special collection by the Brooklyn based duo, Chiaozza to Forage Modern Workshop. The collaborative duo behind Chiaozza includes Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao. Together they explore play and craft across a range of media. They draw their inspiration by observing the natural world through their own experience of the everyday. With the belief that the world of the imaginary is as "real" as the natural, they create bright immersive environments of paper, paint, wood, and plaster. With the primitive optimism of a child and the meticulous focus of a horticulturalist, the imaginary and the wild continually slip in and out of the ordinary, uncovering the wondrous, the magical, and the humorous in the everyday.
Forage will be carrying a small collection of Lump Nubbins. The small plants are crafted from compressed paper pulp, painted paper, matte acrylic gouache, and plaster or concrete. Some of the sculptures contain flocking, gloss medium, glow-in-the-dark paint, chrome, and/or micaceous iron oxide. These art objects are friendly, exuberant, and delightful. We know that you will be as charmed with them as we are.
We had the pleasure of chatting with Alana Langan and Jacqui Vidal who make up Ivy Muse. They share a bit about how Ivy Muse came to be as well as some of the things that inspire them to keep creating.
- A bit of background on us...
A - Jacqui Vidal and I (Alana Langan) are long time friends, over 10 years
actually. We met through a ‘friend of a friend’ and hit it off and stayed close even
with both of us having stints living overseas during that time. I’m an interiors
stylist and owner of online boutique ‘Hunt & Bow’, plus Mum to two beautiful kids
(Ivy, aged 1 and Louis, aged 3) and partner to Stuart Templeman.
J - I’m owner of ‘Signed & Numbered’ a store that sells limited edition works on
paper by Australian and international artists. We have two shops here in
Melbourne, one in Greville Street Prahran and another in Degraves Street in the
city. I’m also Mum to Ellis, (our gorgeous little girl who’s 3) and partner to Casey
- Where do you live/work?
J- We’re based in Melbourne, Australia. Ivy Muse plant stands are designed by
Alana and myself and made from start to finish right here (in Melbourne).
- What was the thing that you created that made you think "Yeah, I can
do this - I'm going to start my own business"?
A - Over the past year or so, Jacqui and I had been knocking about ideas to
collaborate together. When we came up with idea for IVY MUSE it just clicked for
both of us. We’re both a little ‘green-thumbed’ and were struggling to find high
quality plant stands without compromising on the design. I live in a rental
property and Jacqui lived in an apartment at the time with no outside space, so
we were both keen on the idea of getting creative with bringing greenery indoors.
Being friends for so long, we knew we could work well together; we both have
different strengths that we could play to... and we could cover each others
- What do you like about working with your medium?
J - It would have to be the early stages of product development. I’ve always got
ideas and designs running through my head! It’s so satisfying to see something
grow from a simple drawing through to a complete fully-fledged product.
- Do you have a favorite plant?
A - Well, I’m a Gemini so I’m always changing my mind (!), but at the moment
it’s Hoya Heuschkeliana. It’s a delicate trailing plant with beautiful green leaves
that looks amazing paired with our stands.
- Aspirations for the future, near or distant, business or personal?
J - We’ve got so much planned for Ivy Muse. We plan to release two collections
per year; and are well underway planning our third (which excitingly, involves a
collaboration with a talented Australian artist).
We’re also extending our range of botanical wares and incorporating some really
cool pieces to complement our existing plant stands. Stay tuned!
- What is a source of energy or inspiration?
A - Definitely our home town, Melbourne. We’re so lucky to call it home. It’s a
real hotbed for design and we’re constantly inspired by the talented creatives
here and the work they produce.
- What is something you've learned from starting your own business?
A - Jacqui and I are both firm believers that there’s never a ‘perfect’ time to start
a new business. If you wait for the perfect moment, it may never come. You just
have to take a deep breath, believe and dive straight in!
Find Ivy Muse products online and in store at Forage Modern Workshop
We had a customer that really, REALLY (really, really) wanted the Modernica Case Study Platform bed. Who wouldn't? Its clean and classic design make a great fit for so many different style homes. So what's the problem? This platform bed ships in one piece, and she needed it in a king size, and it had to fit up these stairs (which it couldn't).
We looked for other bed options, but nothing was really the right design. So we called upon our good friend, Willie of Willie Willette Works to see if he could help us cut the piece in half and figure out a way to put it back together again, without comprising the design.
It literally took just a phone call and an hour in his (super fun) workshop and bam. Problem solved.
Mike, of course, made time for some ping pong.
What did we learn from this situation?
1. The customer is always right (again).
2. Measure, twice (even three times) before deciding on a dream product
3. Think outside the box
4. We are reminded of how many amazing makers and artisans live in the Twin Cities and are always willing to give a helping hand. Thanks again, Willie!