Modern Urban Retreat in South Minneapolis

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September 7, 2010

In a South Minneapolis neighborhood of century-old housing stock, Julie Snow’s bold but elegant residential design fulfilled Andrew Blauvelt and Scott Winter’s desire for a loft on the ground.

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  Blauvelt and Winter ground their soaring two-story living room with classics such as Eero Saarinen’s Womb chair and ottoman, a Noguchi coffee table, an Eames wire-base table and a Danish teak credenza, which displays their collection of pottery and a pair of Martz lamps made by Marshall Studios. Flor carpet tiles help add color to the neutral palette.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    Blauvelt and Winter ground their soaring two-story living room with classics such as Eero Saarinen’s Womb chair and ottoman, a Noguchi coffee table, an Eames wire-base table and a Danish teak credenza, which displays their collection of pottery and a pair of Martz lamps made by Marshall Studios. Flor carpet tiles help add color to the neutral palette.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  “I simply was drawn to the notion of concrete. So much great modern architecture has made use of it,” Blauvelt says.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    “I simply was drawn to the notion of concrete. So much great modern architecture has made use of it,” Blauvelt says.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  The home’s mix of dark ipe wood, concrete, and glass give credence to Winter’s description of it as “an open bunker.”  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    The home’s mix of dark ipe wood, concrete, and glass give credence to Winter’s description of it as “an open bunker.”

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  A portion of Blauvelt’s 3,000-book library is archived in the long entry hall where the geometry of a Noguchi lamp plays off a pair of minimalist prints by Daniel Buren.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    A portion of Blauvelt’s 3,000-book library is archived in the long entry hall where the geometry of a Noguchi lamp plays off a pair of minimalist prints by Daniel Buren.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  A loveseat and two Neo arm chairs by Niels Bendtsen in the living room offer Blauvelt a light-filled view to the courtyard beyond.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    A loveseat and two Neo arm chairs by Niels Bendtsen in the living room offer Blauvelt a light-filled view to the courtyard beyond.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  The kitchen forms the centerpiece of the main living space.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    The kitchen forms the centerpiece of the main living space.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  The kitchen features cabinets by carpenter James LaChance, Hanstone quartz countertops, Electrolux Icon Series appliances, and a Jenn-Air exhaust hood.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    The kitchen features cabinets by carpenter James LaChance, Hanstone quartz countertops, Electrolux Icon Series appliances, and a Jenn-Air exhaust hood.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  This limited-edition ceramic plate by artist Takashi Murakami was specially commissioned for the Walker Art Center.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    This limited-edition ceramic plate by artist Takashi Murakami was specially commissioned for the Walker Art Center.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  A monumental German climate map enlivens the dining area, which also sports CH 23 & CH 30 chairs by Hans Wegner.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    A monumental German climate map enlivens the dining area, which also sports CH 23 & CH 30 chairs by Hans Wegner.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  The master bathroom has a bamboo screen and a Deauville tub by Victoria + Albert. A vintage enameled metal sign from the London Underground is framed by the screen and a cactus that sits atop an African stool.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: � Dean Kaufman 2010 All Rights Reserved
    The master bathroom has a bamboo screen and a Deauville tub by Victoria + Albert. A vintage enameled metal sign from the London Underground is framed by the screen and a cactus that sits atop an African stool.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: � Dean Kaufman 2010 All Rights Reserved

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  A pair of mid-century Martz lamps flank the Parsons bed from Room & Board in the master bedroom.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: � Dean Kaufman 2010 All Rights Reserved
    A pair of mid-century Martz lamps flank the Parsons bed from Room & Board in the master bedroom.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: � Dean Kaufman 2010 All Rights Reserved

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    Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  Winter takes care of chores like tree trimming and the tending of his succulents.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    Winter takes care of chores like tree trimming and the tending of his succulents.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  A tall steel gate grants entry to the courtyard.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    A tall steel gate grants entry to the courtyard.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  Friends gather in the courtyard to make the most of Minneapolis's limited temperate times.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    Friends gather in the courtyard to make the most of Minneapolis's limited temperate times.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  Here on the patio you can see that rigid grid that Blauvelt so likes at play in the landscape designed by rosenlof/lucas.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    Here on the patio you can see that rigid grid that Blauvelt so likes at play in the landscape designed by rosenlof/lucas.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  Design tomes, a salient message, mid-century ceramic.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    Design tomes, a salient message, mid-century ceramic.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  Here's a proper view of the back of the house that reveals the height of the space and how the courtyard really does function as an outdoor room.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman
    Here's a proper view of the back of the house that reveals the height of the space and how the courtyard really does function as an outdoor room.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  By dint of the double-height ceiling in the dining area, the master bedroom has a nice view out to the courtyard. Though a mere pull of a pair of curtains is all that's needed to block out the light.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman
    By dint of the double-height ceiling in the dining area, the master bedroom has a nice view out to the courtyard. Though a mere pull of a pair of curtains is all that's needed to block out the light.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  Noguchi lamp, meet the business-card-carrying ceramic monkey.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    Noguchi lamp, meet the business-card-carrying ceramic monkey.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  The neighbors get a glimpse of what goes on in the Blauvelt-Winters courtyard.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    The neighbors get a glimpse of what goes on in the Blauvelt-Winters courtyard.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  Blauvelt sits at his Parsons dining table from Room and Board.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    Blauvelt sits at his Parsons dining table from Room and Board.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  Cheeky posters in the hall belie Blauvelt's training as a graphic designer.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    Cheeky posters in the hall belie Blauvelt's training as a graphic designer.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  The darker gray garage door offers a chromatic and textural contrast to the concrete shell.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    The darker gray garage door offers a chromatic and textural contrast to the concrete shell.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  The study houses not only a pair of plastic Eames shell chairs but much of the couple's large collection of architecture and design books.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    The study houses not only a pair of plastic Eames shell chairs but much of the couple's large collection of architecture and design books.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  The sight line down the stairs leads right past the dining room table and out toward the coutyard.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    The sight line down the stairs leads right past the dining room table and out toward the coutyard.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  Which is the true design classic: the Eames rockers, Eames Wire Base Table, or those tasty M&Ms?  Photo by: Dean Kaufman
    Which is the true design classic: the Eames rockers, Eames Wire Base Table, or those tasty M&Ms?

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  Scott Winter determines precisely what his laptop is telling him at the kitchen bar. The poster on the wall behind him celebrates the Schubert opera Snow White.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    Scott Winter determines precisely what his laptop is telling him at the kitchen bar. The poster on the wall behind him celebrates the Schubert opera Snow White.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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  Here's another view of the mid-century ceramics the couple collects and displays around the house.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010
    Here's another view of the mid-century ceramics the couple collects and displays around the house.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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