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Blu Dot
The Toro chair and ottoman; the Flat Out sleeper sofa

We love the clean lines of contemporary furniture, but we're frustrated with the market choices, which seem limited to rickety imports or hard-to-find modernist antiques.

Now Angelenos have a middle way: Blu Dot. This 15-year-old Minneapolis-based furniture company has opened a peak-ceilinged aerie on Melrose Avenue, its first store outside New York. Readers of Dwell magazine and interior-design blogs will recognize the store's signature pieces and revel in firsthand looks at classics such as the swiveling bentwood Buttercup chair ($800) and the One Night Stand ($1,800), a queen-size sleeper sofa that appears sleek, not overstuffed.

A buzz-worthy new piece is the Toro chair ($1,100), in which a Minnesota craftsman's leather pieces (the company sources from the U.S. as often as possible) form a sling that softens as it wears.

Blu Dot has a thriving online trade, with many pieces delivered flat-packed to keep costs down. But now Los Angeles area residents can forget having to unpack their pieces or do minimal assembly, since we can order white-glove delivery from the nearby store for a $99 surcharge.

Jazzing up our homes with quality modern pieces has never looked like a better idea.

Blu Dot, 8000 Melrose Ave.; 323-761-7212 or

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