The galleries at Mia (Minneapolis Institute of Arts) have taken quite a turn lately—toward the spooky. The museum recently opened a new exhibition inspired by horror/sci-fi/fantasy filmmaker and collector Guillermo del Toro called “At Home with Monsters.”
On March 23, DOCOMOMO presents a new film, Eames: The Architect and the Painter, in Rapson Hall at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Narrating the film is none other than the ubiquitous writer, artist, actor, producer and heartthrob James Franco.
Otogawa-Anschel Design + Build in Minneapolis is set to transforms a property, which consists of two buildings (a two-story red one built in 1886, and a white-washed low-slung structure built in 1912 as a garage for the Schorenstein Grocery and Saloon), into a new home.
In Minneapolis, Shane Schaaf is making his own foray into Cargotecture with BlackBox Container Studios. The owner of Earthscape Stoneworks, Schaaf just completed his first project for BlackBox: the Nordic Bungalow, made from two shipping containers. We talked with him about the appeal of steel boxes and his transformation of them into a home.
We’re expected snowmageddon this weekend (maybe) or at least a return to February. Perfect timing for a deep dive into the creative processes of eight visionary designers. The new eight-part documentary series, “Abstract: The Art of Design,” now streaming on Netflix, is good stuff.
Smooth, refined, luxurious, but with metal and wood grain to bring the designs decidedly down to earth. It’s possible that, under the capable hands and discerning eye of Brianne Boettner, industrial modern furniture has found new aesthetic expression.
The premise provided the show’s production designer Andrew Boughton with both opportunity and challenge in creating a midcentury world that’s familiar, yet straddles a fine, disruptive line with the uncanny.