Before we get to interior materials (after my exterior materials post), I’d like to recognize some of the artists with whom we’ve collaborated, or at least attempted to.
Thomas Oliphant used to share a shop with Locus in the Northrup King. He’s since moved out of NE Minneapolis – it’s apparently warmer in St. Paul – to share a working studio with his wife, the wonderfully talented Lynn Barnhouse. His modern furniture designs are sublime. www.thomasoliphant.com
Lisa Elias is still our neighbor up in NE Minneapolis. She sculpts steel into beautiful and delicate shapes. Stop by her studio and you may be lucky enough to watch her just brutalizing an anvil. She made the light fixtures and balustrades in this room.
Josh Blanc is one of the creative minds behind Clay Squared to Infinity, a showroom of handmade tile in NE Minneapolis. Josh’s tile from the studio runs the gamut of mood; from cute to stunning, whimsical to elegant, modern to historical.
Richard Brown of Lamprey Pass Workshop is an artist and gifted woodworker; we’re lucky he will occasionally make cabinets and furniture for our projects. If you’re down by Moose & Sadie’s, stop in and ask him about his old Raleigh bicycle.
Ken Geisen of Woodwright Workshop has also built cabinets for us AND he lives in one of the (if not the) first Straw Bale Houses in Minnesota. There are only a few. He built these reclaimed douglas fir cabinets around a concrete sink we designed and fabricated for a house in South Minneapolis.
Matt Eastvold and Locus have yet to collaborate, but it’s just a matter of time before we have a project with Eastvold Custom Woodworks. Have a look at the work, and some very sleek interiors, while grabbing a cup of coffee at the Urban Bean at 33rd and Bryant S. in Minneapolis.
Wing Young Huie needs no introduction in the Twin Cities; he’s the photographer behind the lens of Lake Street USA and 9 Months in America. We put together a public art proposal with Wing for the proposed light rail transit stations along University Avenue.
Thomas Schrunk’s lustrous materials have graced Steinway pianos and MnDOT underpasses. That should be enough to pique anyone’s interest.
Kerry Dikken of Blasted Art, Inc. will blast just about anything from concrete to wine bottles to glass sheet to tiny brass buttons, but we’re partial to his blasted blue jeans custom designed to match your own back tattoos!