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June 14, 2011 |  8:36 am

Blu Dot, the playful Minneapolis-based home design studio with the goal of creating well-designed products that are useful, affordable and desirable opened it first L.A. store last week.

"We like it here," co-founder Maurice Blanks told our sibling blog L.A. at Home. Fellow co-founder John Christakos added, "There is a laid-back quality to our furniture that suits Los Angeles." The new 3,500-square-foot Blu Dot showroom is on Melrose Avenue west of Fairfax:

The 3,500-square-foot showroom on Melrose Avenue west of Fairfax Avenue, pictured here, is a handsome, light-filled space for the 150-piece collection, including the retro One Night Stand sleeper sofa in the window ($1,799) and the Eamesian bent plywood Buttercup chair ($799). Also of note: the bright red Desk 51, featuring an ingenious keyboard tray ($699), and the guacamole-hued Nook bed frame and upholstered headboard...

There are also some handsome bookshelves. Above, the Chicago Lowboy -- 5 feet long and 3 feet high -- retails for $599.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Blu Dot