Rooms for All

This year’s American Craft Council show features 10 spaces custom-created by local designers.

Sally Hushcha's room at Modern Design Meets Craft
Room to Flow — Sally Hushcha’s room includes Jennifer McCurdy’s sculpture.

Ever since the American Craft Council relocated its headquarters to the Twin Cities, its annual craft show at St. Paul’s RiverCentre has had a special local connection. This year, the show’s special feature is called Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft, a collection of 10 “rooms” designed by local designers—Greg Walsh, Sally Wheaton Hushcha, Robb Whittlef, and others—using furniture, sculpture, ceramics, glassware, and other objects from the more than 240 artists represented in the craft show. Each designer started with a 10-by-10-foot blank space and one or more high-end craft pieces made by an artist participating in the show.

From there, the designers were free to do their own thing, and the resulting rooms are a veritable showcase of Twin Cities design talent.

The idea, says ACC spokesperson Pam Diamond, is to give collectors ideas about how to incorporate fine craft into their homes and to “expose the local design community to the high-end craft made by our makers.”

In any case, each room is a prime example of what designers and artists working together can do—that you can’t. But that doesn’t mean you can’t steal their ideas. April 19–21. St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, 612-206-3100, craftcouncil.org