Blu Dot and Fab are BFFs, mainly because we have so much in common. We like it modern, we like it bright and bold, and we like it when everyone gets access to good design. But, we do have our differences. Blu Dot comes from the vast Midwest. That would be Minneapolis to be exact, where we imagine bedrooms are actually designed to fit a full-sized bed and a dresser. The Fab family, on the other hand, calls New York City home. Ah New York, the metropolis where apartments are notoriously so tiny that a single cockroach feels like a new roommate.This means that we’re constantly on the lookout for pieces that fit in postage stamp-sized floor plans—so we can avoid using our stove for extra storage space.
So, for our first collaboration together, Blu Dot and Fab created a collection that’s colorful, cool and absolutely apartment practical. Of course, if you’ve got room to spare in Omaha or Oregon or other areas of the country where one would never, ever find a bathtub in the kitchen (lucky you), these picks for the living room and dining room are just as good.
The words “sleeper sofa” may evoke memories of trips to Aunt Marion’s, where tucking in for the night involved opening a frightening contraption of metal hinges and one seriously soggy mattress. Luckily, a lot has improved since the ‘80s. The Gwynne Sleeper Sofa is a modern solution to the overnight guest dilemma. It folds out into a full size bed sans any scary springs and it’s super cush. Better yet, unlike Auntie M’s vintage floral number, the Gwynne sports a simple, modern silhouette that conceals its nighttime function. For those of us without a second bedroom, there’s no better way to put up our guests.
With its walnut finish and low profile, the Rex Media Console may have its roots in mid-century modern design, but its details are so 2013. The back features cut-outs for cords, obviously. The front panels are perforated so they won’t block your signal and there are four interchangeable colors to mix and match. Of course, in New York, it’s pretty cool to not have a TV. If you’re one of those people, then consider Rex as storage at the foot of the bed…then you can finally move all those sweaters out of the oven.
In name the Autocrat is an ottoman, but in theory it’s just about anything you want it to be. Footrest, side table, nightstand, party seating, cat perch. What we’re trying to say is that it’s both compact and multipurpose, which are major wins when you’re maximizing space in a small place—or dealing with frequent moves (another hazard of New York City real estate).
No, you can’t eat dinner on the coffee table. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an aspiring Martha Stewart type or just trying to feed yourself a bowl of cereal. A round dining table works well in smaller spaces and encourages conversation and conviviality when friends and family are gathered round for meals. The walnut-topped Rover seats four comfortably for dinner, brunch, and late night snacks. In bigger dwellings, its casual nature is well suited for a breakfast nook or in-kitchen nosh spot.
There’s not too much to the Angus Bed. But having a low profile isn’t a bad thing. It’s simple and solid and built to last…through your minimalist phase and your boho-chic phase and even your boyfriend’s weird nautical phase. In fact, we bet that you’ll all live together happily ever after.