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Scandi Pop

Scandinavian Charm + Pop Art Flair = Success!

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  • WOOD ACCENTS
    Add in modern natural accents, such as this Blu Dot lamp found downstairs in Marvel Bar. Rook lamp ($199), from Roam, 2914 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-377-6465, roaminteriors.com
  • WALLPAPER
    Gridley’s historic-looking heart design is a custom print, but this small-scale blue & white version is great. Wallpaper ($49.95 per roll), from Anthropologie, three metro locations, anthropologie.com
  • PENDANTS
    Tom Dixon’s metallic gold stunner casts light and shadows every which way. Etch pendant ($375), from Design Within Reach, 2939 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-827-0990, dwr.com
  • POP ART
    Juxtapose charm with punchy Nordic-inspired prints for that Scandi Pop look. KORT art cards ($5/pack of five) from IKEA, 8000 IKEA Way, Bloomington, 952-858-8088, ikea.com

Diners and design buffs are all abuzz about the new Bachelor Farmer restaurant in downtown Minneapolis, where modern Scandinavian is both the cuisine and the backdrop. Owners Eric and Andrew Dayton fell in love with the historic Marvel Rack building at 50 North Second Avenue and used the “less is more” mantra to keep its integrity, from ice-blasting the brick and sanding the beams to leaving exposed electrical intact. For the interior, they enlisted designer Janet Gridley to layer in color, comfort, and pattern. Together with James Dayton Design, they took over a conference room to create a mini restaurant and lived with fabrics, paper, lighting, and accents for a year until they were satisfied. “Eric and Andrew enjoy pattern and have an irreverence for design rules,” Gridley says. Hoping to avoid any design clichés, they sourced as much Minnesota design as possible, from works by local artists to furniture by Blu Dot. Gridley added a little nostalgia through custom wallpaper, chalkboards, and vintage pieces—the tabletop toast caddies were a last-minute find from Texas. The result is a fresh take on Minnesota style, a wink to our roots, and what Eric says is the Dayton brothers’ point of view, taste, and aesthetic. We can’t wait to see what other tricks these two have up their stylish sleeves.

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