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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Minneapolis findings/ blu dot

Minneapolis is filled with a lot of great things. The lakes and parks make Minneapolis beautiful in almost every season (yes, even winter).

Minneapolitans also have a kind of innate concern for the environment, and, even though it was founded by non-native Horst Rechelbacher, Aveda is a very Minneapolis kind of company (although it was a much more Minneapolis company before Estee Lauder made it a subsidiary company).

Also being a city loaded with ethnic Swedes and norsks, I guess Ikea-ish design is also important to us. Another company (again made by non-natives) is blu dot

According to their website:

'Blu Dot has begun to realize their vision with a collection of over 40 pieces that are both elegantly abstract and unambiguously functional. Blu Dot pieces are in the permanent collections of several museums, have been seen on the sets of well-known television shows such as Friends and ER, and have won numerous national and international awards.'

They talk about 'affordable design', which sounds as dubious as Frank Gehry originally talking about 'affordable architecture'. mmm hmm. Still, it's cool to see consciencous companies coming out of my city.


At 1:36 AM, Blogger McBrideFarm said...

Another interesting company near Minneapolis is Cargill-Dow. Large (~$700 million) venture in plastics from corn (renewable resource). I don't happen to be too enthusiastic about the overall benefits of replacing petroleum plastics (since they only make up about 2% of total petroleum use), but the company seems to be committed to sustainability...

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Travis said...

Sounds like John will have a job after his studies then!

3M, in St. Paul also does alot of sustainable activities, like trying to reduce the impact its products have on the environment.


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