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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."

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.

New Hopewell Workshop exclusively for Forage Modern Workshop

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In a recent Dwell interview, I was quoted saying "Quilts have such a grandma connotation, so it’s great they took this old thing and made it so modern" in regards to this release with Hopewell Workshop. Though I wish they wouldn't have chosen these "eloquent words," I guess it really is what I love so much about Hopewell's work.

When I think of quilts, I think of slumber parties at my late grandmother's house. After a night of ice cream, "Sweating to the Oldies," listening to Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker, and playing cards, we'd snuggle under one of Grandma Barb's quilts. It was one of the most amazing feelings, because she'd had them for years - my mom had probably slept under the same quilt at one time. And they always had the most perfect "safe at Grandma's" smell.

So, yes - quilts do have a grandma connotation. In the best way possible.

And now Hopewell takes this rich history - co founder, Eliza proudly continues a family tradition of quilting that dates back to her 18th century Indiana Quaker roots - and makes it absolutely chic. The color combos, the design, the quality of work, the fabric and material choices: they are absolutely stunning.

They came up with the following two ideas:

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Ok - don't you think they totally captured Forage right away? But I had to go with the 1st one because they picked our unofficial color of the year: PORANGE! Pink and Orange. After a quick chat, a second round followed

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And with their final touches, signature linen backing and serious quality craftsmanship, we get this gorgeous quilt, the New Courthouse Catbird exclusively for Forage:

Combining the inspiration of Bauhaus artist, Josef Albers, with a traditional courthouse quilt pattern, Hopewell came up with this handsome quilt which is both striking in its design and soothing in its palette. Such an amazing experience.

Further, nothing makes me more happy than to be introduced to companies that embody Forage's values: ethically made quality design that will last forever and has been made by people who love life and don't take themselves too seriously. A huge thanks to Rita from The American Edit for introducing us to Hopewell Workshop. Eliza and Claire have taken their experience in woodworking, ceramics, sculpting, knitting, quilting, and painting and created stunning quilts and pillows that will leave you feeling safe, warm, and perhaps a little nostalgic—just like at Grandma's house.

You can purchase the New Courthouse Catbird exclusively for Forage in store or online. We also brought in some sweet and HUGE pillows by Hopewell as well.

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: 

Image from www.ladiesandgentlemenstudio.com

Image from www.ladiesandgentlemenstudio.com

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.

FORAGE + CIRCA

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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.

Roguebuilt

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.

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.