A pioneer in the democratic design movement and winner of the 2018 National Design Award, Blu Dot was founded in 1997 by college friends, John Christakos and Maurice Blanks. With a mission to design and manufacture furniture for everyday people with every day needs, Christakos and Blanks focus on pragmatic issues in an effort to arrive at forms that are both useful and beautiful. Blu Dot has been widely recognized for its inventive use of materials, fabrication technology and assembly methods to produce furniture that is determined by an economy of means while maintaining a playful sensibility.
This year, the company celebrated its 20th anniversary by releasing its first book with Rizzoli, Less is More (Difficult): 20 Years of Design at Blu Dot. In January, it will launch its newest collection, which features an expanded line of outdoor furniture.