Blu Dot San Francisco!

Happy Friday everyone, and here’s a juicy tid-bit to brighten your day …

One of my favourite design companies is bringing their swag to San Francisco by way of a huge new flagship store; one of only three in the US right now, aren’t we lucky!  Blu Dot‘s fun modern affordable furniture will be shacking up with the hipsters in the Mission.  I had a sneak peek inside the 5,000 sqft space which is promising to be a lofty light filled heaven of fabulous furniture.  Can I get a WOOT-WOOT!

Blu Dot was started by three friends who met at architecture college; upon graduating and beginning to furnish their own homes found that great design was not so prevalent at their price point.  So what do architects do … they design their own at affordable prices and Blu Dot was born!  Over the years the company has honed their design skills and acquired a number of accolades along the way including the National Design Award from the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.  In 2007 Blu Dot hosted a design competition with Dwell Magazine which was won by noted architect Ralph Rapson who designed the now aptly named Dwell/Rapson Lounge Chair, talk about street cred!  I’m in dire need of two of these for our balcony.

One of the most endearing qualities of Blu Dot as a company is not only accessible great design but their cheeky nature; keeping design and furniture (or ‘fun-iture’ as they like to say) light and entertaining.  A perfect example of their quirky and eccentric philosophy is ‘The Real Good Experiment’ where they installed location devices on ten of their ‘Real Good Chairs’, scattered them throughout NYC and filmed what happens.  Check out the video here.

‘Son of a Bench’ is one of my favourite pieces (see photo below), a multi-functional piece although industrial in it’s materials and colour remains quite fluid and organic in its shape.  My only wish is they would produce this piece in white; I have visions of it floating on a pond juxtaposed amidst a garden of orchids.

I’m told the proverbial ribbon will be cut in a few weeks, keep your eyes peeled.

Blu Dot, 560 Valencia St, San Francisco