Blu Dot’s new retail shop, located at 140 Wooster Street in Soho
December 16, 2008. Last month, on a strip of Soho that’s fast becoming Greene Street’s younger, hipper, more affordable design cousin (DWR’s Tools for Living is next door), the Minneapolis-based furniture company Blu Dot quietly opened its doors. Located in a 2,500-square-foot, bi-level space originally designed by Nick Dine for Stüssy, the store’s bones—poured concrete floors, gorgeous milled-steel stairs that reportedly cost six figures to manufacture and install—remain largely intact; Blu Dot made the space its own by peppering the collection with vintage finds culled from thrift stores around the company’s Minneapolis HQ. (A neon-orange chainsaw cover by the Swedish company Husqvarna can be yours for $99; a turquoise Remington typewriter is sadly only for display.) In the video below, Blu Dot’s Hold Steady–listening, Japanese movie–starring, blueberry vodka–drinking founders Maurice Blanks and John Christakos take us on a special tour of their new digs.