A Nordic Yarn: James Dayton and Janet Gridley Collaborate on Peer House

In the private dining room of the Bachelor Farmer restaurant, part of Peer House, a new dining-retail development, the hand-crocheted afghans were sourced from around the world. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

Custom vinyl wall covering lines the vestibule connecting the private dining room to the library, where a David Coggins diptych hangs. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

A vintage Persian rug, James Dayton Design’s custom tables of plywood and repurposed machine-stand bases, and a Carlos Amorales print above the Carrara marble mantel also outfit the library. Photography by John Reed Forsman.

The living room, one of the event spaces, is paneled in plywood and furnished with custom sofas by Janet Gridley and a needlepoint deer head over the fireplace by Fr.d.rique Morrel. Photography by John Reed Forsman.

The rec room, used for screenings, has benches reclaimed from university classrooms. Photography by John Reed Forsman.

Tapping into Minnesota’s Scandinavian roots, a collection of oils by unknown Swedish artists hangs on a wall of the living room, where leather-upholstered chairs surround a custom game table by Gridley. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

A pair of Jurgen Bey pendant fixtures hangs over the 10-foot-long custom plywood table in the private dining room. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

Vinyl packing tape embellishes the ground-floor windows of the 1881 masonry building. PhotoVinyl packing tape embellishes the ground-floor windows of the 1881 masonry building. Photography by John Reed Forsman.graphy by John Reed Forsman.

This passageway connecting the living room to the rec room shows the patina on the original brickwork; the flooring here and throughout is Douglas fir, which was existing but resanded and sealed. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

The private dining room flows into the living room, which has armchairs covered in acrylic canvas. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

Selling mostly menswear, Askov Finlayson is the project’s retail component and is named after two towns in northern Minnesota. Photography by John Reed Forsman.

The restaurant’s entry vestibule has a custom maitre d’ stand topped with Douglas fir reclaimed during renovation, Gridley’s custom wall covering, and a pendant by Jamie Iacoli and Brian McAllister.

A patchwork of Spanish cement-encaustic tiles covers the floor at Marvel Bar, the basement lounge. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

The bar at the Bachelor Farmer has a mural by Minnesotan Todd Norsten. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

The main dining room has a custom banquette upholstered in mismatched fabrics and art work by another Minnesotan, Alec Soth. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

The bar’s mural, which reads “a picture for this time and place,” resembles painter’s tape, but is actually oil paint. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

In a witty twist, the men’s restroom ceiling is painted a feminine color and clad in ceramic subway tile. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

An image of the warehouse’s old and new surfaces. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

An image of the warehouse’s old and new surfaces. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

An image of the warehouse’s old and new surfaces. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

An image of the warehouse’s old and new surfaces. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

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