Celebrating Blu Dot’s 20th Anniversary
One of my favorite design resources for furniture, Blu Dot, is turning 20 folks and as someone who likes an excuse to celebrate anything, we are joining in on the party and helping them promote a massive giveaway – $5,000 in Blu Dot design. I’ve bought their pieces consistently the last 5 years for projects that need more streamlined, modern, sculptural pieces that are really high quality but not insanely expensive. Blu Dot was founded by 3 college friends – two who studied design and one who studied sculpture. Their approach to design was so fresh then, and continues to feel that way. Modern or “contemporary” design can often feel soul-less, cold and generic but they somehow make it feel warm and special, while being really high quality and extremely functional and comfortable. While our current house is on the more traditional side (what with our fringed velvet 200 year old chaise lounge), the new project that I have coming up is in desperate need for so many of their pieces and doing this post made me VERY excited to shop and pin. You bet I entered that giveaway, too, although since I partnered with them on this post I’m probably exempt. But you aren’t, so after you are done reading this, head over there and give yourself a shot.
To help promote their anniversary and the contest, I thought it would be fun to show you how we’ve used their pieces in different projects, or how some of my friends have. Some of these feel dated now, with their pieces being the only ones that I still really really love in some of these pictures. That says a lot about timelessness, folks. Buckle up, as we go down my style memory lane. I apparently really loved bright colors 4 years ago 🙂
Four and a half years ago we used that amazing leather chair, the Toro Lounge and white Strut coffee and console table in Bri’s living room. Oh man, it feels like such a long time ago (stylistically, at least) but those three pieces are totally timeless. That chair had just debuted and we were all obsessed with it, and yet it’s something I would absolutely buy again for myself or a client.
We used the Strut console as well in her entry and its simplicity let those lamps and that crazy artwork (that her then-boyfriend hated:)) pop.
It’s such a beautiful sculptural chair that makes a statement, but in a quiet way (and it comes in a variety of finishes).
Remember this guest bedroom, that was later turned into Elliot’s nursery? I chose the Hush bed and still love it (despite the fact that some of the things in this room make me cringe a teeny tiny bit).
What’s so great about the bed is that it’s upholstered, but still super modern and sleek. Often upholstered beds are really chunky but not this one. You get the comfort of upholstered with the look of a simple wood bed. It’s really versatile and the height of the headboard is great because it’s high enough to lean on but low enough that you can put a piece of art above it and it doesn’t overwhelm the room.
We dyed it gray because I wanted that space to be more neutral. I loved the bed, but just wanted less color down there. (You can see a pattern, right? 4 years ago I used a ton of saturated color, now I’m drawn to more neutrals and muted colors or at least only one bright color).
That bed is now in our new guest room which I haven’t designed or revealed yet, so stay tuned on that (that wasn’t the finished room up there, we just moved the bed before we staged it for the final reveal with all Target). I’m using their Nook bed in an upcoming project but I love their Ditto bed so much as well.
Next up – another Strut table, this time the large dining table that we used as desks. When I designed Joy’s office a four years ago we chose these because her style is colorful and bright so we wanted the foundational pieces to be white and simple.
The Strut silhouette is a classic as far as I’m concerned, and it comes as a coffee table, bench, console and a variety of sized dining tables or desks. The proportions of it are so delicate and the architecture is far more interesting than a standard parsons desk for instance. It’s quiet but impactful. Plus it’s powder-coated so it’s extremely easy to wipe up.
Joy was a wonderful model for that desk, and she still uses it a ton in her new studio for different shoots (right photo). I love the white but the pink (called watermelon) is so fun and the new wood versions are beautiful, as well. See? I’m not anti-color, I just like more negative space now and less saturated colors in the same room. Check out the whole Strut collection here.
My friend, Bri, recently used a BluDot credenza that I want in her new dining room and it looks SO GOOD. Technically I didn’t do this but I’m friends with both Bri and Sara so I figured I could feature it in this roundup. Also it’s so fun to see how you and your friends’ styles change over the years, right?
Orlando used the Dodu bed in his guest room makeover in Orcondo that we featured on the blog, and while having a bed that low isn’t for everyone, I do love the vibe it gives off and you’d never worry about the typical shin bruises of a chunky platform bed.
I do miss that Orcondo project, but love that we get to see a full new house soon. See full post of his living room here.
Last but not least….
We recently used another Blu Dot credenza in Jaime Derringer’s living room above (stay tuned for full reveal) and it is so beautiful and functional. The scale of it is great with a huge TV and its mix of finishes feels fresh and modern, but still warm. More to come on that project.
We are apparently fans of Blu Dot. What I love so much about their collection is that it feels forward, fresh and edgy yet not generic or too try-hard. When people say they like ‘contemporary’ design, that usually congers up generic bachelor pad images full of Jennifer Convertible furniture, but it shouldn’t. Contemporary just means that it’s designed now, by current designers. Blu Dot’s designers (the original 3 college friends plus a team of designers) are creating new original pieces that don’t necessarily reference the past. They are refined, sculptural, extremely functional and comfortable for us, today.
I would own every single piece they make, but I’ve rounded up some of my current favorites so you can see how I might spend my $5k (go enter the giveaway!)
1. Sofa | 2. Coffee Table | 3. Coat Rack | 4. Glass Table Lamp | 5. Charcoal Pillow | 6. Wool Pillow | 7. Lounge Chair | 8. Rug | 9. Wood Side Table | 10. Credenza | 11. Circle Mirror | 12. Basket | 13. Print | 14. White Table Lamp | 15. Juice Box | 16. Bed | 17. Shelf | 18. Black Side Table | 19. Wall Mounted Cabinet | 20. Nightstand | 21. Bike | 22. Copper Bowl | 23. Dining Chair | 24. Navy Sofa | 25. Pendant | 26. Mirror | 27. Vessel | 28. Dining Table | 29. Ottoman | 30. Lumbar Pillow
Everything they make is simple, sleek and sculptural in a high quality way with materials that are refined and beautiful and shapes that are edgy but not try-hard. All those pieces above, despite some of them being 5 years old would look just as good in 2017 and 2020. They make simple but special pieces in color options that are trendy or timeless. Hopefully you’ll see some of those pieces in the fixer upper we are tackling soon. Meanwhile head on over to the 20th Anniversary $5k giveaway and cross all of your fingers that you are the winner.
***This post was in partnership with Blu Dot, but all words and opinions are my own.