Mia + West Elm Local Showcase Local Maker Movement

Photos Courtesy of MIA.

After infiltrating grocery shops, liquor stores, and boutiques, the “shop local” ethos has arrived in one of the last places you might expect: art museums. Mia is the first museum to partner with West Elm Local, an initiative from the national home furnishings retailer to sell products unique to each market from artisans in the region. 

The shop-within-a-shop at Mia includes goods from four Minnesota-based makers whose goods are sold at the West Elm in Edina—Louise Gray modern quilts, Marvin Freitas furniture and home goods, Oh Dier wood home accessories, and Mod-Dog canine-inspired silhouette artwork and jewelry. They’re joined by goods from 10 West Elm Local makers from other markets, including leather handbags from Nashville, home goods made from reclaimed and sustainably harvested wood from L.A., and eco-friendly soap from New Orleans—because everyone’s a local somewhere. Through May 29.

Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Avenue S., Minneapolis, artsmia.org

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