9 Studios to Shop for MN-Made Home Goods at Art-A-Whirl 2017

by Jahna Peloquin (Image: Timber & Tulip’s studio in Northeast Minneapolis, courtesy Timber & Tulip)

Art-A-Whirl is known as the biggest open studio art crawl in the country. Since 1994, the annual event held in Northeast Minneapolis’ sprawling arts district has become a must-go event for local art collectors. But as more furniture and home goods makers set up shop in Northeast and pop up during Art-A-Whirl, it’s also becoming a destination for decorating the home. Here are nine of the top home goods makers appearing at this year’s studio crawl. (Art-A-Whirl hours: Friday from  5-10 p.m., Saturday from noon-8 p.m., and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. For more information, visit artawhirl.org.)

Timber & Tulip is a new modern furniture brand that pairs rich wood pieces with sleek, angular metal accents. Its modular coffee tables, credenzas, side tables, and nightstands combine the classic look of mid-century modern design with futuristic elements and unexpected materials, including tropical monkeypod wood and Honduras mahogany. Designer Brianne Boettner also recently added a line of colorful, graphic cutting boards. Available @ Van Buren Building, 1450 Van Buren St. NE., #310, timberandtulip.com

Local ceramicist Louisa Podlich’s line of products for A MANO add a colorful, quirky touch to the home. Her watercolor-speckled tumblers, graphic-patterned serving bowls, and gold-trimmed salt cellars are designed to be slightly imperfect, giving them a handcrafted, well-loved feel. Available @ Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE. #252, weshopamano.com

Elizabeth Pechacek’s ceramics meld an organic, classic pottery look with contemporary, pastel colors. Available in storeware or porcelain, her bowls, mugs, and cups feature intricate line work intended to give each piece “a vibration which can create a positive disruption in patterns of living.” Available @ Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE., #254 (during Art-A-Whirl weekend only), elizabethpechacek.com

A retail store rather than an artist studio, True Ethic specializes in artisan-made, fair-trade goods spanning the globe. True Ethic’s own line of Minnesota-made goods includes a soy candle that comes in a hand-painted, cement bowl, a set of hexagon-shape, hand-painted cement coasters, and mini succulent planters, with 10 percent of each purchase going toward an anti–sex trafficking organization in India. Other goods include kitchen towels, throw pillows, vases, rugs, wall decor, and stationery. Available @ Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE., #238, trueethic.com

Danish Teak Classics specializes in sourcing, restoring, and selling vintage Scandinavian modern furniture. The brand’s Northrup King showroom also sells high-quality lighting, ceramics, glass, fine art, and custom products. Available @ Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE., #277, 612-362-7870, danishteakclassics.com

Kimberlee Joy Roth‘s resume is impressive: Her ceramic work is in the permanent collection of the Weisman Art Museum, and she has been a recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship and a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. But her unique ceramic sculptures are as down-to-earth as they are beautiful, doubling as serving vessels and bowls. Available @ Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE., #431, kimberleejoyroth.com

Woodworker Teresa Audet’s unique kitchen utensils and cutting boards are inspired by the natural world. She uses the wood’s hues and grains as a canvas, with each one-of-a-kind, handmade piece differing slightly based on the structure of the wood grain. Available @ Carriage House at Casket Arts Building, 681 17th Ave. NE., #100, teresaaudet.com

Indigo & Snow‘s Annabella Sardelis creates hand-painted, hand-printed textiles out of her Northeast studio. An organic gardener for more than 20 years, she works with organic cotton, bamboo, sustainable fibers, and non-toxic dyes to create tea towels, table runners, table cloths, and pillows using the ancient Japanese dyeing form of shibori. Available @ 681 17th Ave. NE., #221, indigoandsnow.com and gatherartregistry.com

Woodworker and designer Ross Stangler creates simple, beautiful furniture ranging from quirky to minimalist for his company, Stangler Works. His distinctive stools utilize live-edge wood splashed in colorful paint, while his cubic “Ding Boxes” are designed to store everyday items with a Pop Art flair. Available @ Carriage House at Casket Arts Building, 681 17th Ave. NE., #100, stanglerworks.com



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