In a sea of expensive European furniture brands, Minnesota-based company Blu Dot stands out like a squirrel in a tree full of chipmunks. For one, the name is easy to pronounce: there's no wondering about any inflections or pesky accents. The moniker is as minimal, and as unconventional, as its furniture: there's the iconic, Pinterest-ready Real Good Chair; the Bonnie Sofa, which pairs with a Clyde Couch to make a sectional; and the nesting 100% Trays. Mid-century influences abound, but so does a sense of humor—missing from most contemporary furniture design—with striking modern updates in the form of bold colors, slick materials, and unexpected design elements. And the price point is reasonable! (You may need the spare cash for pet food). It was a natural choice to put some adoptable animals on key pieces from their new collection, because everything is better with an animal on top.
You can adopt Roger, Simon, Kaleb, Peanut, Jeffrey, or Tracey Stewart from the Humane Society of New York. Call (212) 752-4842 for more details. If the line is busy, just keep calling!
Bonnie Couch, $1,999; Real Good Chairs, $149–$399; Nook Bed, $1,299–$1,699; Series 11 Nightstand, $699; Bender Table Lamp, $299; Stilt Table Lamp, $299; 100% Trays, $79; Scamp Tables $179–$349; all BluDot.com.