Five Faves: Blu Dot, the New Addition To SF’s Mission


What college student hasn’t bemoaned the lack of high-design furniture that fits their budget? When money is tight, window-shopping is all you can afford. But don’t fret—three guys by the names of John Christako, Charles Lazor and Maurice Blanks have you covered.

As undergraduates at Williams College, they each found themselves in the same predicament: possessing a passion for art, architecture, and all things design, but with empty wallets. They set out to do something about it and founded Blu Dot, a recent addition to San Francisco’s Mission district and your new best friend.

Since starting their company in Minneapolis in 1997, the founders have formed Blu Dot into a cult favorite among playful minimalists. Bonus: utilizing clean lines and simple forms leads to less waste, easier home assembly, and lower costs.

Blu Dot’s glass storefront begs passersby to walk in with its enticing window display. They urge all to, “stop in and pick up a fabric sample, test drive a sofa, or just say hello.”

Here’s just a handful of our favorite pieces:

Hot Mesh Counterstool

This counterstool “seeks derrieres for at-home or café canoodling.” Available in six finishes: black, green, natural yellow, simple blue, white and our favorite—humble red—but ain’t nothing humble about it.


D3 Bookcase

This utilitarian shelving promotes “endless shelving possibilities.” The shelving system is composed of four adjustable steel shelves that can be purchased as a single unit or with add-ons sold separately, depending on your spatial requirements. Available in Walnut or White Painted Ash with White or Grey Shelves. Starts at $599.


Pi Coffee Table

These tables are oh-so-sweet and geometrically savory. A nod to Blu Dot’s inventive roots these tables are designed to pack flat and use an economy of means. These “sliced” tables are available in solid walnut legs and matte black powder coated steel tops. $239 to $479.

Splash Coat Rack

This coat rack has flawless symmetry and a dip-dyed appeal. This foursome pinwheels to create the perfect perch for hanging bags and coats and its legs are powder-coated in steel with solid walnut tips. Available in color combinations of Bright Blue and Walnut or Grey and Walnut. $239.


Real Good Chair

The name really does say it all. This sleek chair is thin—but sturdy—and made from powder-coated steel with laser-cut folds for dynamic and comfortable seating. The real good part is it comes in Aqua, Copper, Ivory and White with Gray legs, or two glossy tone-on tone colors: Satin Black or Humble Red. $119-239.

If you’re as smitten as we are, check out what else Blu Dot has in store! 560 Valencia Street, San Francisco, 415-255-2345.

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