The award-winning Blu Dot has been around since 1997 and is the entrepreneurial creation of three Williams College friends with a passion for art, architecture and design who, when attempting to furnish their first homes, "didn’t like the stuff we could afford and we couldn’t afford the stuff we liked." Well-made and stylish, Blu Dot's pieces are smart and modern...From the website: Our goal is to bring good design to as many people as possible. Which means creating products that are useful, affordable, and desirable. To make that happen, our design process is founded on collaboration. Not just among ourselves as we play show-and-tell with concepts, but a total collaboration between pencil and paper, materials and machines, even packaging and assembly. We like to think that the form is almost inevitable, a by-product of the process. Our job is simply to help it emerge as beautifully and as efficiently as possible.