Minneapolis’ Blu Dot Furniture Comes to Centro Modern Furnishings in St. Louis
Earlier this year, Centro Modern Furnishings in the Central West End announced a new addition to its repertoire of brands: Blu Dot Furniture, an affordable modern-furniture company founded in 1998 by designers John Christakos, Maurice Blanks and Charlie Lazor. Each Blu Dot piece is meticulously designed out of the brand’s Minneapolis studio—and while their offerings are still investment pieces, it’s proof that a beautifully designed living space is attainable.
One of our favorite pieces is the Clad two-door credenza, available in white hickory or dark-walnut wood. It’s an elegant piece that can brighten up any room with a touch of sophisticated style. For design-lovers on a budget, Schuepfer recommends investing in softer pieces that tend to be used most often, like a good-quality sofa, and to cut corners with a budget-friendly coffee table.
When asked about the impetus for carrying this particular brand, showroom manager Steve Schuepfer noted, “Blu Dot is an affordable first step into the world of modern furniture. We have been promoting many award-winning Italian design companies for 20 years now, and with IKEA opening in our neighborhood, it seems that more people are being exposed to, and liking, modern design with clean lines.” As a well-known spot in St. Louis for curated brands of modern furniture, Centro’s mission fits perfectly with Blu Dot and the brand’s product offerings.
Schuepfer was surprised St. Louis didn’t seem to have a middle ground between IKEA and higher-end furniture, which is where Blu Dot finds its niche. So, they decided to fill the need themselves. In particular, he’s a fan of the wood storage pieces, like the credenzas and dressers from the Clad, Rule and Peek collections.
We also asked him about upcoming modern-furniture trends we’ll begin to see, which includes non-traditional shapes—Blu Dot’s Swole collection, for example. Items include tables crafted in a variety of finishes and styles in shapes that don’t follow the traditional mold of square, rectangle or circle. The Thataway sofa also brings together straight lines and curvature, for an updated, innovative result.
Stay tuned for our upcoming interview with the proprietors of Blu Dot Furniture, out later this summer.
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Images courtesy of Blu Dot Furniture.