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They're relatively new, having been founded just 13 years ago, but in a little over a decade they've made a profound and lasting impression on the modern American furniture market. Whether you're looking for tables, desks, chairs, lighting, storage, or any other kind of home, office and public space furniture, you can find what you're looking for in the catalogue of Blu Dot furniture.<br /><br />Blu Dot was a business born of necessity, just like ours here at Smart Furniture. We first opened our doors because we wanted to give customers access to the products they were buying; we wanted them to have a say in the design of their own furniture, aka, design on demand. Blu Dot furniture has a similar philosophy, and they're focused on excellence and affordability. All of the furniture they make comes from the same original, inspiring idea, the idea that started the company; beautiful furniture, and beautiful design, should be attainable. It's that simple, and that revolutionary. <br /><br />The company was founded by three college friends who were freshly graduated and ready to move into new homes and apartments. In college they had all bonded over their mutual interests in design, architecture and artwork. When they were ready to start their own homes, naturally they wanted to outfit them in a way that reflected their ideas, their tastes and their advanced notions about design and personal space. But there was a problem; they couldn't afford the great furniture they loved, and they didn't like the low-quality or big-box furniture that they could afford. For many customers, this is a very familiar dilemma. But the three friends decided to do something about it. They decided if there was no supplier for their fairly common demands, then they would have to make the furniture themselves. 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Chicago 8 Box Shelving Unit by Blu Dot

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Simple Scheduled Delivery: $94.95 per item

Simple Scheduled Delivery

Simple Scheduled Delivery is for folks that don't mind carrying furniture. The shipper will call prior to delivery to arrange an appointment, but the driver will not bring the furniture inside.

  • Typical transit time is 4-7 business days.
  • Larger/Freight items:
    • For Residential deliveries, the shipper will contact you via phone call/email at least 24 hours in advance - to schedule a delivery appointment window (typically a 4 hour window). This is when your order does not ship with UPS/Fedex. Most shippers will have online tracking available as well.
    • Business deliveries to companies/commercial addresses will typically not come with a pre-arranged appointment, but will arrive during standard business hours. Please contact Smart Furniture or the shipper if your business address has special scheduling needs.
  • Smaller items + office chairs will typically ship via UPS/Fedex with a tracking number and online monitoring, but not a phone call and delivery appointment (UPS/Fedex do have scheduling programs with sign up on their websites). This can include office chairs and other products requiring assembly.
  • The driver will deliver the shipment at the ground level/front of your house or in your apartment's regular delivery area. They will not bring the furniture inside or carry it up stairs.
  • If you live in an apartment, the doorman can accept delivery on your behalf.
  • For Larger/Freight shipment (non UPS/Fedex) You must be present at the scheduled delivery appointment to inspect the delivery items and sign paperwork if any damage is visible.
    • We'll be sure to assist with any damage that may occur. Please call Smart Furniture right away if any issues arise.
  • Any questions? Chat or call! We're happy to help!

For more information and shipping comparisons, click here.

Room of Choice Delivery: $189.90 per item

Room of Choice Delivery

If you don't like carrying furniture, this is a great option. The shipper will schedule an appointment with you prior to delivery and bring the furniture into your home for you. This service does not include unpackaging or assembly.

  • Typical transit time is 4-7 business days. Some larger and specialty items may take a bit longer.
  • Shipper will arrange a four hour window for delivery at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Your driver or delivery team will bring the furniture inside your home and into your room of choice (Up to two flights of stairs).
  • Delivery folks will not unpack or assemble your furniture.
  • You must inspect the purchase at the time of delivery and sign for any damages.
  • We'll be sure to assist with any damage that may occur. Please call Smart Furniture right away if any issues arise.
  • If you're ordering multiple items from the same manufacturer, we might be able to bundle your shipping upgrade costs! Give us a call and we'll make sure you're getting the best shipping price possible!
  • Any questions? Chat or call! We're happy to help!

For more information and shipping comparisons, click here.

White Glove Delivery: $246.87 per item

White Glove Delivery


If you want your furniture delivered and ready to go, this is the option for you. The shipper will schedule a delivery window with you at least 24 hours in advance. They'll bring the furniture into your home, place it in your room of choice, and assemble any pieces that need to be put together. It's the true white glove treatment!

  • Typical transit time is 4-7 business days. Some larger and specialty items may take a bit longer.
  • Shipper will arrange a four hour window for delivery at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Your driver or delivery team will bring the furniture inside your home and into your room of choice (up to two flights of stairs).
  • Delivery folks will unpack your furniture, assemble any pieces needing to be put together, and they'll discard all of the boxes and packaging materials.
  • We'll be sure to assist with any damage that may occur. Please call Smart Furniture right away if any issues arise.
  • If you're ordering multiple items from the same manufacturer, we might be able to bundle your shipping upgrade costs! Give us a call and we'll make sure you're getting the best shipping price possible!
  • Any questions? Chat or call! We're happy to help!

For more information and shipping comparisons, click here.

Chicago 8 Box
by Blu Dot

Chicago 8 Box At A Glance:
The Blu Dot Chicago 8 Box makes use of negative space in unexpected ways and brings style and structure to your home. Named the "8 Box" for the eight wooden boxed shelves that are connected by tubular legs, this Blu Dot piece creates extra room in between each box that can be used for storing or displaying items. At the same time, the simple poles that support the whole structure are stylish and economical. More with less, at every turn, and beautiful to look at in the bargain.

The Chicago 8 Box was one of the earliest pieces designed by Blu Dot, and it certainly has staying power. The fact that this shelving unit is functional and versatile makes it an excellent storage choice for your room. The neutral finishes of the wood blend well with any color scheme, allowing you to shift this piece around your home or office when necessary.

What's To Like:
Sometimes, good design is about what's not there. The Chicago series takes advantage of negative space, creating both smart and elegant storage for your living room or den. This is a gorgeous looking storage and organization structure. The possibilities are endless. You could store shoes in the lowest center space, books and DVDs within the boxes themselves, records, flowers, pictures or trophies in the other open spaces. At the top you could store boxes or display art. The choices are all yours, and that's the greatest gift of this shelf. What's really cool is that if you're going to use it as a room divider you can face each box forward or backward.

What's Not to Like:
This is for big jobs only. If you're only looking for a quick storage or shelving solution that solves a small problem, there are plenty of stylish and smaller shelving models available. Check out the Chicago 3 Box.

The Bottom Line:
This is one of the rare shelves that don't just help to organize and display your life; it can become the focal point of an entire room. The 8 Box adds interest where other shelving units fall short. Available in maple, graphite-on-oak and cherry.

Features:

  • Overall dimensions: 74.5" h x 94" w x 12" d
  • Internal shelf height: 12.5"
  • Height between shelves: 15"
  • Wood veneer over MDF boxes
  • Powder-coated tubular steel legs
  • Glides protect your floor

Materials & Measurements

Materials:
Cherry: Cherry veneer
Graphite on Oak: Stained white oak veneer
Maple: Maple veneer
Walnut: Walnut veneer
Frame is made of tubular steel legs, powder-coated in silver.

Dimensions:
Overall: 74.5" h x 94" w x 12" d
Shelf units: 12.5" h x 27.5" w x 12" d
Blu Dot Chicago 8 Box Dimensions

About The Manufacturer

Blu Dot is a design firm that makes modern furnitureBlu Dot was founded in 1997 by John Christakos, Charles Lazor, and Maurice Blanks, three college friends who wanted to bring modern design and quality furnishing to everyone. Based in Minneapolis, Blu Dot does just that today- designing tables, chairs, sofas, and a variety of home accessories. Blu Dot furniture has a distinct feel and appearance with its personality and flair.

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Design

The Blu Dot Chicago series has garnered press and recognition world-wide. One of the most recognizable pieces in the Chicago series is a versatile shelving unit, the Chicago 8 Box. This Blu Dot Chicago piece is a smart shelving unit that provides multiple storage options in a stylish way. Named for the eight boxes that are joined together to form a shelving wall, the Chicago 8 Box is an ingenious design by Blu Dot.

Blu Dot designers created the shelving unit in a way so that every aspect of the wall could essentially be used for storage or as display space. The negative space created between the eight boxes can serve both a purpose and function if desired. This unit serves as a great solution for those looking for a contemporary piece of furniture that will help with organization and storage. If you are looking for a shelving unit that is stylish, affordable, and functional, the Chicago 8 Box is worth your consideration. Customers of this product have found a home for their shelving unit in bedrooms, offices, living rooms, and libraries.

The wide variety of locations in the home or office where this unit can be placed demonstrates how versatile and adaptable the 8 Box truly is. While many 8 Box owners place their unit against a wall, some customers have found the Blu Dot Chicago 8 Box serves as a great space divider in a larger room. With an 8 Box shelving unit, the options are endless.

Blu Dot designer and co-founder, John Christakos, is a big fan of the company's shelving unit. While he acknowledged it's hard to pick just one favorite Blu Dot product, he explained during a 2007 interview that the Blu Dot Chicago 8 Box was probably his favorite piece the company had ever designed. Christakos recognized that his feelings could be partly sentimental. After all, the 8 Box was one of the first designs Blu Dot created. However, he predicted that this piece could be one of the company's most enduring designs over time, speaking to the longevity of the product itself.

The eight-sectioned shelving piece is available in four different colored woods: cherry, white oak, graphite on oak or maple veneer. Regardless of the color chosen, all of these Blu Dot shelving units come with tubular steel legs, which are sturdy, durable and thin. When assembling the 8 Box shelving unit, Blu Dot recommends using the buddy system and having another person available to help with the set up.

Using a cam lock hardware system, the Blu Dot Chicago 8 Box can be assembled easily, thanks to the clear assembly instructions available on our website. Once assembled, the unit will stand 74.5 inches high and 94 inches wide, while the shelves are 12 inches deep. This Blu Dot shelving unit comes with a one-year warranty, the standard warranty given to all Blu Dot furniture. Blu Dot strives to make durable, long-lasting products that fit well in contemporary spaces, and they certainly have succeeded with the 8 Box.


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5.0

Love the Chicago 8-and so does my cat!

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from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful Modern Look
  • Displays Books Well
  • Easy To Assemble
  • Sturdy
  • Supports Weight
  • Wide Enough Shelves

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Shelving & Storage

Comments about Blu Dot Chicago 8 Box:

I purchased the Chicago 8 to house my many, many books. This is a beautiful looking bookcase-the best I have seen yet! Assembly wasn't that challenging-my partner was able to assemble it with only a little help from me! This piece is expensive for a bookcase-but it makes a beautiful statement piece. It also appears sturdy thus far-although I will have to figure out a way to anchor it to the wall since I live in earthquake-prone California. Recommended!

 
5.0

Wonderful shelves!

By 

from Salem, VA

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Displays Books Well
  • Easy To Assemble
  • Sturdy
  • Supports Weight
  • Wide Enough Shelves

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Shelving & Storage

    Comments about Blu Dot Chicago 8 Box:

    I love this book shelf! I use this shelf to store a fairly large number of books. If I had the space and money for two of these I would gladly buy one so that I could spread my books out further. The way that I have the books arranged take away from the aesthetic beauty of the shelving. However, you can fill every open space of this unit and it stays rock solid. One person CAN assemble it, as I did myself, but two people would be optimal. This really is a heavy shelf, but also exceptionally stable.

    Service and delivery comments:

    I recieved my shelves very quickly, and the customer services was outstanding! SmartFurniture bent over backwards to answer all questions and make sure that I was completely happy with my order.

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    Delivery & Assembly

    Options are good. Here are your 3 shipping options:

    Simple Scheduled Delivery: $94.95 per item

    Simple Scheduled Delivery

    Simple Scheduled Delivery is for folks that don't mind carrying furniture. The shipper will call prior to delivery to arrange an appointment, but the driver will not bring the furniture inside.

    • Typical transit time is 4-7 business days.
    • Larger/Freight items:
      • For Residential deliveries, the shipper will contact you via phone call/email at least 24 hours in advance - to schedule a delivery appointment window (typically a 4 hour window). This is when your order does not ship with UPS/Fedex. Most shippers will have online tracking available as well.
      • Business deliveries to companies/commercial addresses will typically not come with a pre-arranged appointment, but will arrive during standard business hours. Please contact Smart Furniture or the shipper if your business address has special scheduling needs.
    • Smaller items + office chairs will typically ship via UPS/Fedex with a tracking number and online monitoring, but not a phone call and delivery appointment (UPS/Fedex do have scheduling programs with sign up on their websites). This can include office chairs and other products requiring assembly.
    • The driver will deliver the shipment at the ground level/front of your house or in your apartment's regular delivery area. They will not bring the furniture inside or carry it up stairs.
    • If you live in an apartment, the doorman can accept delivery on your behalf.
    • For Larger/Freight shipment (non UPS/Fedex) You must be present at the scheduled delivery appointment to inspect the delivery items and sign paperwork if any damage is visible.
      • We'll be sure to assist with any damage that may occur. Please call Smart Furniture right away if any issues arise.
    • Any questions? Chat or call! We're happy to help!

    For more information and shipping comparisons, click here.

    Room of Choice Delivery: $189.90 per item

    Room of Choice Delivery

    If you don't like carrying furniture, this is a great option. The shipper will schedule an appointment with you prior to delivery and bring the furniture into your home for you. This service does not include unpackaging or assembly.

    • Typical transit time is 4-7 business days. Some larger and specialty items may take a bit longer.
    • Shipper will arrange a four hour window for delivery at least 24 hours in advance.
    • Your driver or delivery team will bring the furniture inside your home and into your room of choice (Up to two flights of stairs).
    • Delivery folks will not unpack or assemble your furniture.
    • You must inspect the purchase at the time of delivery and sign for any damages.
    • We'll be sure to assist with any damage that may occur. Please call Smart Furniture right away if any issues arise.
    • If you're ordering multiple items from the same manufacturer, we might be able to bundle your shipping upgrade costs! Give us a call and we'll make sure you're getting the best shipping price possible!
    • Any questions? Chat or call! We're happy to help!

    For more information and shipping comparisons, click here.

    White Glove Delivery: $246.87 per item

    White Glove Delivery


    If you want your furniture delivered and ready to go, this is the option for you. The shipper will schedule a delivery window with you at least 24 hours in advance. They'll bring the furniture into your home, place it in your room of choice, and assemble any pieces that need to be put together. It's the true white glove treatment!

    • Typical transit time is 4-7 business days. Some larger and specialty items may take a bit longer.
    • Shipper will arrange a four hour window for delivery at least 24 hours in advance.
    • Your driver or delivery team will bring the furniture inside your home and into your room of choice (up to two flights of stairs).
    • Delivery folks will unpack your furniture, assemble any pieces needing to be put together, and they'll discard all of the boxes and packaging materials.
    • We'll be sure to assist with any damage that may occur. Please call Smart Furniture right away if any issues arise.
    • If you're ordering multiple items from the same manufacturer, we might be able to bundle your shipping upgrade costs! Give us a call and we'll make sure you're getting the best shipping price possible!
    • Any questions? Chat or call! We're happy to help!

    For more information and shipping comparisons, click here.

    Shipping rates are equal to 5% of merchandise value for all Blu Dot items.

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    Product Q&A


    Q: Are the shelves finished on the back side?
    A: Yes, the 8 box shelves are completely finished on all sides

    Q: Can some of the boxes face the back, providing storage on both sides?
    A: Yes!


    Product Q&A

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    • Q:

      Is this product (namely the shelves) weighted to hold heavy stacks of books?
      Asked on 2/23/2012 by Anonymous

      1 answer

      • Smart Furniture Staff Reviewer

        A:

        The weight limit for each shelf is about 30 lbs., so as long as you don't have a stack of books that weighs over that amount, it should be fine.

        Answered on 2/27/2012 by Karen G from Smart Furniture
    • Q:

      how much in diameter are the steel rods used
      Asked on 5/20/2011 by Anonymous

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        A:

        The rods for the Blu Dot Chicago 8 Box are approximately 1.4" in diameter.

        Answered on 5/22/2011 by Smart Furniture
    • Q:

      Can this unit be easily assembled and disassembled for tradeshow display use?
      Asked on 10/13/2010 by Leah from El Segundo, CA

      1 answer

      • Smart Furniture Staff Reviewer

        A:

        I wouldn't say this is easily assembled and disassembled for trade shows. It has cam lock construction and would work for trade shows but would not be ideal. Please send an email to sales@smartfurniture.com and we can email you the assembly instructions and you can decide for yourself.

        Answered on 10/13/2010 by Melanie from Smart Furniture
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    Warranty


    Blu Dot furniture comes with a 1-year warranty.