As one of Blu Dot’s exclusive Dot Spot retailers, we had the privilege of attending the very 1st Dot Spot Summit. Held in Minneapolis where Blu Dot was founded by John Christakos and Maurice Blanks. Blu Dot’s goal is to bring good design to as many people as possible by creating beautiful modern furniture and accessories. We had an awesome time.
The 1st item on our agenda was an Architecture and Design Tour of Minneapolis. Minneapolis – who knew? The tour was 2 and a half hours and was not long enough. Our tour guide – Medora Danz – was exceptional and too funny. We saw some of the most beautiful architecture – both commercial, residential and museums.
Mill City Museum
Our tour included driving around all of the lakes in the middle of Minneapolis. Our last stop on the tour was the Lakewood Cemetery. They have recently added the Garden Mausoleum – a series of very modern buildings that are all connected. A long rectangular reflecting pool and a set of exterior steps are just part of the lush landscape. The Lakewood Memorial Chapel is another amazing building at this cemetery.
Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum
Exterior Steps outside the Garden Mausoleum
Myrlene at Lakewood Cemetery
The Lakewood Memorial Chapel
After the tour, we had dinner at Marin Restaurant. The food was great and we all had a great time getting to know each. The next day we spent the day at Blu Dot’s headquarters.
Blu Dot’s Reception
The 2 sculptures in the photos above and below are from the Blu Dot Swap Meet. Blu Dot is known for their sense of fun and the Swap Meet certainly was an interesting and exciting project.
Blu Dot’s Headquarters is an old airplane parts factory. As you can see from the pictures, their space is inspiring.
Just inside the front door at Blu Dot
Blu Dot’s Space
Who wouldn’t want to work here?
We had a series of sessions and we were introduced to the designers and to see how their design process worked.
We also got a peek at some of the new designs they are working on. There are some very cool pieces coming in the future. All of Blu Dots design are created in house.
Warren is one of the designers at Blu Dot
Brad is another designer at Blu Dot
Our lunch was a surprise and a real treat. The Hola Arepa Food Truck is very popular in downtown Minneapolis where it is normally parked. They make tasty arepas. One of the best meals we have ever had. Yummy!
Lunch at the Hola Arepas Food Truck
Lunch Line Up!
We spent the rest of the day in sessions, learning and laughing.
We then had a private tour of the Walker Art Center. The exhibit called Painter Painter has some beautiful artwork.
If you are in Minneapolis, we recommend that you make time to see the Walker.
Art by Sarah Crowner at the Walker Art Center
Claus Oldenburg Sculpture outside the Walker Art Center
After a very full day, we were invited to dinner at John Cristakos’s house. John has a beautiful modernist house on a hill overlooking downtown Minneapolis. It is furnished with iconic vintage furniture and beautiful modern art. The food was amazing and all of us were truly blessed to be there.
Dinner at John’s house
The view from John’s house was breathtaking!
We want to congratulate and thank Blu Dot for creating and hosting all of us on their very 1st Dot Spot Summit. We also want to thank the 601 Graves Hotel for their hospitality. Their hotel is gorgeous and we would highly recommend this hotel if you are ever in Minneapolis.
Thank you Blu Dot for an amazing Experience!
Myrlene and Mary Frances
Our first day at Modernism Week started out at Koffi. The weather was beautiful and we relaxed outside. Hidden behind Koffi and Just Fabulous is a nice area with trees and grass and lots of places to sit called The Corridor. We discovered this little mecca on our first trip to Palm Springs and we spend part of everyday there. We love it! We were shopping in Just Fabulous when we were told that there was a Palm Springs Modernism Show at the Convention Center. We had just enough time to race over there and had only 40 minutes to browse around before our Modern Garden Tour. The Modernism Show was a gathering of vintage furniture, art and jewellery. We wished we had more time to look around but it was the last day, so we took in as much as possible. We found some impressive modern furniture and the art was beautiful. As an added bonus, there was an array of gorgeous vintage automobiles outside the convention center. Sunny weather and vintage automobiles….great combination!
One of the other must-do’s was the Expo Tent and Prefab Showcase.
The Expo Tent showcased a modern mix of products and furnishings for your home, including Blu Dot and Urbio. Both lines we carry in our store and on our website. Also, our friend Chris from Just Modern was showcasing some of the great products he sells in his store. When you are in Palm Springs, please visit Just Modern. We dare you not to buy anything!
Sustain MiniHome by Altius Architects was a great addition. This energy efficient, modern prefab is really amazing. It has a small carbon footprint as well as being compact. Our prefab addition at our store was designed by Altius Architects and was one of the first built by them. We love it and had it built especially for showcasing Blu Dot Furniture. We hope you enjoyed this blog series on our trip to Modernism Week in Palm Springs.
A great example of the amazing art at the Modernism show at the Convention Center.
I really loved this piece by Eyvind Earle. It was $16,000. I bought 2 boxes of his cards instead.
This vintage dresser just wouldn’t fit in my suitcase.
We loved the art in Palm Springs. We saw wonderful pieces like this one even displayed on the outside of homes.
Vintage cars in Palm Springs! Love it!
Amazing cat sculptures outside the Expo Tent.
Sustain MiniHome by Altius Architects. More info at sustain.ca
Relaxing at The Corridor.
Two words – nice ride!