What is Minnesota's interior design style?
The Twin Cities are "one" of the most distinctive cities in the world in terms of design, and we're not just saying that because we're in Northeast Minneapolis. Many neighborhoods, spread out through the Twin Cities all have distinctive and yet artistic vibes from an architectural and design perspective. But in terms of interior design, we have been wondering if there's a specific style that defines Minnesota?
We can certainly see some recurring elements, like industrial warehouse, bohemian, pop art, minimalistic, and traditional like Arts & Crafts, Tudor, Victorian, and Colonial. We have seen the history and development from several design styles in both old and new neighborhoods in Minnesota. Through the long history, industrial development, and the influence of modern arts, Minnesota has grown into a state with great history and modern cultures. A distinctive interior design style has been cultivated under the influence of mixing history and modern cultures.
Add modern to history: David Heide Design Studio
Even though minimalism was all the rage in past years, old houses in Minnesota were not affected. Instead of tearing them down, we add modern elements, mix the old and the new, and turn it to the distinctive Minnesotan style.
David Heide is a great representative of interior design style in Minnesota. David founded The DHD Studio in 1997, and has been renovating historic houses for decades. The studio renovates historic houses, improves functionality and vitality, and also keeps the history and story of the house.
For example, in these projects, the stained glass was an original piece of the house. After the renovation, it was kept and transferred to the top. The new design keeps the stained glass and adds extra lighting source to the room.
David says: "We believe in honoring the past while planning for the future. This philosophy informs all our projects, from historic restorations to new contemporary-style houses." We think this is an innovative and effective way of renovation, and we believe it will help preserve more historic houses in the future.
Add history to modern: Spyhouse, Denny Kemp Salon
Spyhouse is one of the most popular coffee shops in Minnesota, known for its high- quality coffee and unique interior design style. One of the most popular Spyhouse locations is in Northeast Minneapolis. It features a rustic industrial design mixed with high-end antiques. "I don’t look at design or contemporary magazines for inspiration. Stores, such as Architectural Antiques, are places where I look and haunt." Said by Spyhouse Coffee owner Christian Johnson. (Architectural Antiques' interview with Johnson about NE Spyhouse: CLICK HERE )
The new Spyhouse is in the North Loop neighborhood. Different from the Northeast neighborhood, North Loop is filled with startups, entrepreneurs, and new constructions. The new Spyhouse is nesting in one of those new buildings. Different from other Spyhouse locations, the new building, according to Johnson, "had zero character". But he brought the Spyhouse vibe into it, by adding antique decors, such as the special-made lighting from Architectural Antiques. One of our customers described how much he likes the new Spyhouse in this way: "The building is purely new, but when you walk into Spyhouse, it's like another era." (Architectural Antiques' interview with Johnson about North Loop Spyhouse: CLICK HERE )
We found Johnson's design principle very inspiring: "We never design a store to tailor the clientele, I think it more caters to the neighborhood." At Architectural Antiques, our biggest muse is Minnesota itself.