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Keep Your Eye on the Balto

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Coffee shop and bakery owner Greg Martin kept baker’s hours to whip this chimerical Minneapolis building into a modern confection.

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  Despite the drastic changes within, the exterior of Martin’s home has remained intact throughout the years.  Photo by Cameron Wittig.
    Despite the drastic changes within, the exterior of Martin’s home has remained intact throughout the years. Photo by Cameron Wittig.
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  A few carefully chosen furnishings punctuate the light-filled living area that sits adjacent to the kitchen, like Buttercup Chairs by Blu Dot, a lightbox and screen print by artist John Vogt, and a kelly green vintage couch.  Photo by Cameron Wittig.
    A few carefully chosen furnishings punctuate the light-filled living area that sits adjacent to the kitchen, like Buttercup Chairs by Blu Dot, a lightbox and screen print by artist John Vogt, and a kelly green vintage couch. Photo by Cameron Wittig.
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  One of three separate seating areas.  Photo by Cameron Wittig.
    One of three separate seating areas. Photo by Cameron Wittig.
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  The kitchen and dining area is furnished with a salvaged timber table designed by Matt Eastvold, white Panton chairs, and a Glo Ball pendant lamp.  Photo by Cameron Wittig.
    The kitchen and dining area is furnished with a salvaged timber table designed by Matt Eastvold, white Panton chairs, and a Glo Ball pendant lamp. Photo by Cameron Wittig.
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  Martin and daughter, Eve, whip up a chocolate cake.  Photo by Cameron Wittig.
    Martin and daughter, Eve, whip up a chocolate cake. Photo by Cameron Wittig.
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  In a portion of the living area, a graphic screen print by John Vogt hangs next to a Buttercup Chair by Blu Dot.  Photo by Cameron Wittig.
    In a portion of the living area, a graphic screen print by John Vogt hangs next to a Buttercup Chair by Blu Dot. Photo by Cameron Wittig.
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  The bedroom is decorated minimally by another Vogt screenprint, and a strand of green Algue.  Photo by Cameron Wittig.
    The bedroom is decorated minimally by another Vogt screenprint, and a strand of green Algue. Photo by Cameron Wittig.
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  The master bathroom departs from the cool tones used throughout the house in favor of warmer, neutral-toned marble tiling, which wraps around a large soaking tub.  Photo by Cameron Wittig.
    The master bathroom departs from the cool tones used throughout the house in favor of warmer, neutral-toned marble tiling, which wraps around a large soaking tub. Photo by Cameron Wittig.
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  Eve works at the desk in her double-height bedroom. Vogt’s mythically aquatic-themed mural reflects both the taste of a young girl and the pared-back aesthetic of any modern enthusiast.  Photo by Cameron Wittig.
    Eve works at the desk in her double-height bedroom. Vogt’s mythically aquatic-themed mural reflects both the taste of a young girl and the pared-back aesthetic of any modern enthusiast. Photo by Cameron Wittig.
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  White Algue, a web-like plastic hanging element conceived by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, breaks up the living space without taking away from the open feel of the room, while idiosyncrasies like exposed piping and polished cement floors add texture.  Photo by Cameron Wittig.
    White Algue, a web-like plastic hanging element conceived by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, breaks up the living space without taking away from the open feel of the room, while idiosyncrasies like exposed piping and polished cement floors add texture. Photo by Cameron Wittig.

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