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Continued: Craft-inspired 'rooms' for entertaining

  • Article by: KIM PALMER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 7, 2014 - 9:33 AM


Inspired by: Averbeck envisioned a chic, urban cocktail setting, with dark chocolate walls and a “club-like” ambience, “like a penthouse in New York,” he said. He chose artwork as focal points, including a wood sculpture by Minnesotan Tim Byrns — “He carves forms that are very organic and airy at the same time, like free-flowing seaweed” — and an architectural blown-glass sculpture by artist Michael Mikula.

Combined with: Omforme is Norwegian for “transform,” and many of Omforme’s refurbished pieces marry looks from different decades. To furnish his room vignette, Averbeck chose “a mix of modern from different eras,” he said, including a classic Barcelona chair, a Milo Baughman floating sofa and a glam coffee table of Averbeck’s own design, finished with repurposed mirrors. Abstract artwork from local artist Drew Beson finishes the room, in which Averbeck plans to do “real entertaining, with special food” during the craft show — “if they let me.”

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  • Mike Smith and Katie French of Forage Modern Workshop in their room vignette.

  • The design team for the “room” created by Engler Studio Interior Design included Linda Engler, left, Courtney Johnson and Emily Thull.

  • Designer Desi Creswell, Desi Interior Design, in a room vignette for American Craft Council show.

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