Life by Design

These Twin Citians all share a love of fine craftmanship.

Life by Design
Photographs by Jake Armour
Built for 2 Twin Cities collectors John Oliva and Nancy Krant have this Tom Oliphant-designed chair at their beach house in Connecticut.
Technicolor Dreamcoat
For years, the only color Marnita Schroedl wore was black. But after reaching her weight-loss goal of 80 pounds, she decided it was time to add some color to her wardrobe. At the American Craft Council show a couple of years ago, she stumbled upon the booth of designer Marylou Ozbolt-Storer and fell in love with a raincoat and hat that are anything but black. The coat (above) is designed from a photo of a butterfly in the artist’s garden in Seattle. To create the material for the colorful coat, Ozbolt-Storer digitally enhanced a photo she took, then sent the file to a company in Italy, which silk-screened the image onto real silk and treated it with a waterproofing agent. “I’m from Seattle,” says Schroedl, “and when I wear this coat, I imagine I am that butterfly who has metamorphosed into an amazingly glorious creature.” Locally, Schroedl runs the innovative social research group Marnita’s Table.

Art Glass
Oregon-based artists Craig and Anny Zweifel’s distinctively luminescent colors are forged at 2,100 degrees.