DIY 911: Remnants in Minneapolis

(Welcome to Julie from Minneapolis, second up in a series of 4 bloggers trying out for a spot on the AT:Chicago editorial team. Comments welcome!)

It’s the secret shame of the design-blog addict. You start a DIY project with the best intentions and, well… never mind. Remnants provides hope for those of us who are completion and staple-gun challenged.

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An architect by education, owner David is a specialist in Mid-Century furnishings who’s good enough to be on Knoll’s speed-dial. He’s played fix-it for jobs unknowingly botched by professionals and hobbyists alike who underestimated the specific lines or demands of materials like fiberglass.

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Not just a 50s or fabric man, he can also repair wooden, metal and other furnishings from any period or influence. Heck, he can even design or fabricate custom pieces.

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The storefront is hidden in a residential corner of Mpls and is open primarily by appointment or by chance. David is prompt with messages, so call before you bring that half-finished thrift store experiment in. You can always say you finished it in the garage.

is located at 4754 Grand Avenue, Mpls. David can be reached at 612.823.5591 or

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.