by Livy Traczyk MSP Homes got a sneak preview of the art extravaganza happening this weekend in Northeast Minneapolis. We talked with a few of the Art-A-Whirl participants who are craftsmen and furniture collectors working in the Northeast studios. Omforme Design, (Carter Averbeck, co-owner) "My whole thing is recycling furniture because there's an eco-friendly aspect to it, but also because we have so much beautiful furniture in the world, we don't need to tear down resources to make more."
Category: Recycled and Up-Cycled Vintage Furniture.
Omforme Design transforms the vintage items they find at auctions or markets throughout the Midwest, tweaking the pieces to match the current design trends."You would never believe that almost 80 percent of what is in our shop right now was once thrown away."
What To Look For: With more than 50 pieces of furniture and dozens of home accessories, it will be easy to walk away with a statement or complimentary piece. However, the enamel-rimmed wooden bowls and the recycled mirror table caught our eye, which Averbeck said was made entirely from scratch. Where To Find Them This Weekend: Northrup King Building in NE Minneapolis. Guerilla by Design, (Erin Moren co-owner/designer of Tandem Made) "The Guerilla by Design group is about getting furniture out of the context of galleries, into public space so people can interact with it in the ways they were meant to interact with it . . . by sitting on it, touching it, etc."
Category: Artisan, hand-made. Erin and Nate Moren of Tandem Made are a married artisan duo focused on three-dimensional objects. This duo is part of a larger cooperative, the local Guerilla by Design. There are over 20 designers who form Guerilla by Design, and the compilation of their work will be on display inside shipping containers this weekend. What to look for: Within the unique displays you'll notice pendant lights made out of aluminum—they are Tandem Made. We'll be looking for those and the funky aluminum bowls, both of which were laser-cut, flattened, then bent into their from by Erin and Nate. Where To Find Them This Weekend: Casket Carriage House, 1720 Madison Street findfurnish (Brian Wilcox, co-owner) "Northeast Minneapolis is becoming the design district for the Twin Cities."
Category: Vintage Goods, some restored and refurnished. Wilcox, co-owns Find and Furbish with Marie used to be a community organizer, a role which he says contributes to his success now in finding vintage items to sell and refurbish. "You have to find people who are to find the stuff. You organize and build relationships to have a network all over the midwest and into the Carolinas. That's how we keep it fresh and keep it moving." What To Look For: Look for both locations! Find and Furnish has both a warehouse location and a storefront and the will both be open for Art-A-Whirl this weekend. Here's the dish: the storefront has restored and refurbished items; the warehouse has three or four dozen vintage items.
Where To Find Them This Weekend: Warehouse: Casket Carriage House, 1720 Madison St.; Storefront: 13 NE 5th St.