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2018 / in review

 

There’s an incredible interview floating around the internet with David Bowie titled “How To Be Authentic”. While the word maybe be overused, Bowie’s advice to the artist is timeless:


“Never play to the gallery” he says and “Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in, go a little bit out of your depth and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting”.


This has always resonated with Bodega Ltd., but this year we really lived it. By taking on a gargantuan renovation of our workspace, hiring new staff and expanding the scale of our projects, there were definitely moments that our feet were not touching. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to expand beyond our comfort zones (yes, plural ><) and even more grateful for the partners + clients we’ve had the pleasure of working with in the past 365 days.

Here are some of our favorite projects + collaborations of the year:

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ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST / Our building renovation was featured on Architectural Digest + Clever. From demo to scraping tar paper from original wood floors, to creating a vision with our architect Toby Rapson, this story showed the depth and breadth of the love we have for this place. It’s crazy to look back on all the progress we have made on the space over the year! More here.

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NIKE ACG x ERROLSON HUGH / We had the incredible chance to work with Nike on concepting + strategy for the final ACG collection with Errolson Hugh of ACRONYM. More here.

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BEYOND HOTDISH at The Walker Art Center / We helped concept, curate and design a panel discussion on the future of food in “The North” with Steve Hoffman, who moderated the conversation. Bringing amazing voices of Hmong Chef Yia Vang, The Wall Street Journal’s Beth Kracklauer, Splendid Table’s Lynn Rosetto Casper; JBF award winners and finalists Beth Dooley and Alex Roberts and Ann Kim of Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola and Hello Pizza to the table to talk about how our region is much more than hotdish. More here.

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FAR NORTH SPIRITS + HALLOCK, MN / We worked on two projects in tandem: the branding of the city of Hallock + photos and a website for Far North Spirts. These projects tapped into our love and connection to rural towns and our research reiterated that they are more important than ever to the economic and cultural landscape. The work was featured in Travel + Leisure, The Star Tribune and The Growler.

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STYLIST’S GUIDE TO MPLS + ST.PAUL / The Super Bowl was hosted in Minneapolis this year and we wanted to contribute a unique and stylish perspective of our Cities’ for guests who were looking for a little contrast to the standard fare. A collection of peculiarities like an an art deco stairway in the skyway system to old caves that housed gangsters and french cheese — a church built by Saarinen and the legend behind the haunting of Cuzzy’s Bar. This project couldn’t have happened without our dear friend the Hoffmans, The Foundry Home Goods and Franklin Printing.

TINY DEATHS ‘ALWAYS’ / When director Catherine Orchard reached out about working together on a music video for Tiny Deaths ‘Always", we were ecstatic. The concept was modeled around an under construction space and funnily enough, we knew where to find one of those…. shot at and styled by Bodega Ltd with an incredible cast and crew — you can watch it above.

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YIA VANG of UNION KITCHEN / Despite being positioned as a Scandinavian outpost, Minnesota has large Somali and Hmong populations that play a significant role in our cultural and gastronomic landscape. That’s why we are so excited to be working with Yia Vang and Union Kitchen to help amplify their story and food.

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HOFFMAN HOUSE + BETTER HOMES & GARDENS / We were given the immense privilege to help our friends Steve + Mary Jo Hoffman refine their incredible home for a Better Homes & Gardens photoshoot. It’s was a dream to design to their mindful way of living and also to be able to style it for the shoot with an incredible team. More here.

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ALIVE MAGAZINE features BODEGA LTD. / This feature was a surprise and a delight. Their team captured our essence in a way we couldn’t have articulated. More here.

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SOBREMESA by SUNDAY SUPPERS / When Karen Mordechai of Sunday Suppers + ila announced that she was hosting a global dinner series, we jumped at the chance to host at Maison Bodega. We love her mission and it was an amazing excuse to host 25 guests for dinner.

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NORSE ELECTRIC / Our electrician is better than your electrician. Ha! But seriously, we lucked out on connecting with Matthew of Norse Electric while working on Maison Bodega. We’ve seen his work first hand (it’s art!) and we had the chance to create a brand and imagery for his precise and artful approach to trade.

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OTABO / We have the incredible pleasure of working with international manufacturing company Otabo on visual direction, strategy + public relations. We have amazing things rolling out in 2019 and we can’t wait to see them out in the world.

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BORDERLAND / We’re creating a thoughtful and discerning home brand inspired by a collection of antique furniture from pre-communist China. Stay tuned for more development and product updates throughout the 2019.

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bodega x acc make a room

Our creative director, Liz, was asked to design a room for the American Craft Council's spring show. The theme is based around the four directions, North, South, East and West. She chose South and is using her trip to Miami Beach last year as an inspiration. 

Each designer was asked to curate 3 artisans from the Craft Council network to include in their space. Here are her selections as well as some inspiration from her trip. Marvin Freitas is building a custom floor and built-in wall cabinet while wall coverings are being provided by Area Environments

 

Lynda Ladwig

Lynda Ladwig

Keith Holt

Keith Holt

James Pearce

James Pearce


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bodega x klaudstag

We met with Michael and Jennifer of Klaudstag and immediately knew this was going to be an amazing journey of a project. Having recently moved to Minneapolis from LA to start their e-liquid brand, we immediately fell down the conversation rabbit hole of lifestyle branding. 

Their vision for Klaudstag was to create something more than "just" a e-liquid but rather start a revolution. With brand phrases like "Know Thyself" and "Born Kings" already embedded into the story, we couldn't pass up the chance to bring this into reality. Looking to cultural icons of the past like Jack Kerouac and Charles Bukowski, we set out on the exploration that inevitably taught us a few things about ourselves (as well as the intricacies of package design). 

Starting with branding. We then forged into label and package design, a 2.5 day brand photo shoot in the Badlands of South Dakota, a lookbook design, and collateral from letterhead to tshirt to 5 panel hats. 

It has been such an amazing process and project: to take something that exists only in the imagination of one person, birth it into the world, let it begin to tell you what it is and shepherd it into a beautiful space. 

Here are a few inspirations and behind-the-scenes photos from our epic trip to SD.

See the final lookbook, packaging and photoshoot.


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