The Walker Art Center is opening a new collectible design store

The Walker Art Center is opening a new collectible design store

The Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis is one of North America’s oldest and most visited cultural institutions. With museum pavilions designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, Herzog & de Meuron anchoring sprawling sculpture gardens that connect to the city’s largest park and lake infrastructure, the esteemed institution is proud to present, collect and support the development of innovative work in the visual and performance arts, as well as in film and design. And it often does so in new and surprising ways.

On this basis, the multi-faceted museum set out to launch the Idea House 3 collectible design platform; The concept of contextualized “home” retail that doubles as a new type of organizational framework.

Idea House 3 at the Walker Arts Center

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This new project places a wide range of limited edition furnishings, lamps, textiles and accessories in thematic displays. The 1,500-square-foot storefront in the center of campus is divided into different local vignettes: kitchen, bedroom, living room, and office. Unique pieces from some of the industry’s top designers and up-and-comers have been carefully selected by Asli Altay, Head of Design, Content and Communications, and Phyllis Clarke, Business Development Director, to create this offering.

The work of crystal glassware expert Deborah Ehrlich joins the likes of polymath Studio Proba and distinguished architects such as Frank Gehry. The overall goal of this project is to promote practices that embody the experimental spirit; Those who use and reinterpret tried and true craft traditions to push the discipline in new directions.

Walker Art Center Design Shop Idea House 3

(Image credit: Walker Arts Center)

“Idea House 3 offers a new vision of the design experience, by combining retail, museum-quality presentation and knowledge building in public programmes,” says Altay. ‘Space offers an opportunity to connect with the power of design to create atmosphere, evoke sensations and emotions, and shape our lives. With Idea House 3, we offer the opportunity to experience the museum store as a showcase of the latest design innovations that you can bring home with you.’

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