Our Creative Community > Looking Forward 2018


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The romanticized myth of the solitary genius makes for some admittedly compelling imagery and anecdote, but in the end, it’s collaboration and collective vision—the forces of our shared passions—that drive progress in a city as rapidly expanding as this one. In that spirit, we are thrilled to begin this new year by introducing you to a series of designers, architects, and creatives from across Denver who have shared with us their hopes and anticipations for 2018. Over the next several weeks, we will acquaint you with the remarkable amalgam of energy and perspective that make up our creative community, all anchored in one central fact: we have a lot to look forward to.

Cameron Minor

“In 2018 I’m looking forward green roofs, photovoltaics and cross laminated timber! I am very excited to be working on tres birds largest design build project to date.”


Cherie Goff

“This year I’m looking forward to being bold. The current political climate, the wild weather and the “Me Too” movement of 2017 has made a lot of us question the status quo. I think it is time to question large homes that insulate us from community and figure out what we really need. Let’s replace bigger with better. Let’s shed rooms designed for a single purpose and replace them with flexible well-designed spaces where people can gather, relax and recharge.”


Scott Bennett

Founder + Principal Designer // HOUSEFISH
“I’m looking forward to not looking forward. I’ve spent most of my life looking toward the future – it’s a common vice of designers. The present is all we really have, and it’s all too easy to let it slip away worrying about tomorrow.


Ann Hofmeister

Sales Manager // SOLESDI
“I’m most looking forward to our first full year as a new showroom in Colorado. Can’t wait for new connections and great projects! Cheers to 2018!”


Kevin Vesel

Principal + Designer // VESELBRAND
“Our heirloom product, or cimelio di famiglia is the place of connection to family & food where endless memories are created through textures, tastes and creative experiences.
In 2018 veselbrand will proudly release our new collection ” TESORO “ which seamlessly infuses our elegant and timeless European proportions with the rustic textural qualities of something old and treasured.
We look forward to sharing this new collection with our future clients and friends.”


Brian Pignanelli

Owner + Design Consultant // RIFUGIO MODERN
“2017 was a great year for us! We met and worked with some wonderful Designers, Architects, and Builders and built some strong relationships. In 2018 I’m looking forward to continuing that momentum but also adding more end users to the mix. What Rifugio can offer to a project is best discovered early in the process so I’m looking forward to finding new ways to bring people in before they start to build, while they’re “ideating”, so we can share a drink and get to know them. This is when we can really add value and expose them to the best kitchen, bath, and closet design Italy has to offer!


Mike Piche

Principal // STUDIO B
“I am looking forward to both continued and new collaborations with people who love design.


Tyler Joseph

“I’m looking forward to seeing our public safety facility for the City of Thornton come to life. It’s currently under construction, and on schedule (!) despite the dinosaur discovery. Respect for the context, desire for simplicity, and a goal of creating respite for the building users drove the design.


Brent Forget

“The thing I’m most looking forward to in 2018 is a trip to Japan. Traditional Japanese architecture and landscape design has long had an impact on modern architecture. Currently, many of the most cutting edge new projects are being built in this region. I’m looking forward to experiencing a megacity like Tokyo, and hoping it sparks ideas about how Denver can continue to grow into a world class city.


Leanna Hoff Boers

“For 2018 I’m especially looking forward to launching our HOFF Loft, which addresses the growing need for furniture suitable for smaller spaces. Millennials are enjoying city living, Boomers are downsizing, and we are featuring furniture, lighting and accessories in varied sizes, price-points, and quicker time-frames. We are also adding to our Outdoor category, introducing unique lines that are colorful, sophisticated and fun for both commercial and residential projects.


Nathan Jenkins

Senior Associate // OZ ARCHITECTURE
“I’m really excited to see how the pied-a-terre units at Economist (intersection of 16th Avenue & Humboldt Streets) will live, breathe, and how the internal community of minimalist dwellers will connect with each other and the adjacent neighborhood. Dynamic and unique spatial proportions and relationships should create a new way of living in Denver and some fascinating human interactions internally for the residents and externally throughout Uptown. We’ll find out this summer!


Maya Wright

Education Manager + Historian // KIRKLAND MUSEUM
“I cannot wait to see the excitement in visitors’ faces as they experience the new Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art for the first time! The architecture, the new acquisitions and even the wall colors in the galleries will be a treat to share with the world after all of our preparations for the last two years. I hope you find the museum to be as colorful and inspiring as I do—a feast for the senses and a tribute to Colorado art and good design.


Adam Harding

“I am looking forward to working on an intimate Japanese restaurant project that opens up to beautiful Japanese gardens. The project takes ideas of a hidden forest and brings in the natural materials and landscape to the inside. It abstracts the notion of a forest landscape and deals with the elements of bark, stone, moss, and the canopy. It will create a warm and intimate dining space that will be unique and very special.


Frank Harney

Senior Director of Business Development // OFFICESCAPES
“Growth, creativity, and community collaboration! As we continue to build on the success of our expanded Market Street Studio location, we have two more new showroom workspaces coming in 2018, including an overhaul of our Stapleton headquarters and the exciting revamp of our former LoDo location – more to come on that soon…We also have added great new talent and new additions to our product portfolio. Looking forward to tons of great new adventures in 2018!


Carla Dore

“2018 is going to be an exciting year to continue our record growth in the thriving State of Colorado.  Our organization has great opportunities to continue to cultivate growth in 2018 by remaining customer-centric and enhancing our workplace divisions, providing our customers with excellence at every level. We will continue to offer a diverse portfolio of products and applications to our current and prospective customers, and with our newly expanded technology and architectural products divisions, offer even more turnkey results. Gratitude is a big part of our culture and I’m grateful that Workplace Resource has wonderful clients, new and old, a knowledgeable team of experts and a growing economy which promises a successful 2018.


John Eding

Director of Communications + Marketing // CLYFFORD STILL
“I’m looking forward to the opening of the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art at its new location down the street from us in March. It will be a beautiful step forward for the Golden Triangle Creative District. In the realm of design and visual communication, I just discovered the photoshop wizard Sean Tejaratchi and his clever blog on tumblr, LiarTownUSA. So I also look forward to a lot of chuckles and inspiration this year.


Meredith Dale

Founding Principal // SORT STUDIO
“In 2018 we expand our palettes, and convince clients to expand theirs. Playing with color is high on my agenda this year… persuading people to move beyond the monochrome is the first challenge, but the world needs more fun this year!


Brian Dale

Founding Principal // SORT STUDIO
“New year, new technologies, old materials. 2018 for Sort Studio is about pushing cutting-edge fabrication technologies with traditional building materials like wood, brick and steel. In that vein we are looking forward to our first CLT project – an urban forest house.


Sarah Brown

“Every new year I remind myself how important balance is in my life. I love the thrill of working on exciting projects and at the same time knowing the importance of other experiences. So- I’m looking forward to keeping my pulse on the energy in Denver AND recharging with many weekends with family and friends in the mountains, a few long weekends exploring progressive cities and hopefully a week or two immersing myself in a new culture somewhere new.


Jeff Sheppard

“As many of you know, I’ll be retiring in mid-2018. I’m looking forward to change. To a new chapter. To spending more time with my wife Carolina who has such a significant impact on my career and my architecture. And of course, I’m really looking forward to the work that will be accomplished by the new crop of designers and architects here at the office. We have some really talented people in the firm and it’s been really special watching them grow and come into their own. We’re doing a new project for Sushi Den, several new retail projects in California and some local police stations that are on the boards that really extend our vocabulary. Can’t wait to see these under construction.”


Tana Anderson

Principal // LIVSTUDIO
“I am so excited about the possibilities of 2018 with greenlight LAB. When we first envisioned the LAB concept, it began as a place to bring design and community together. It is my hope and desire that with greenlight LAB we can intertwine makers from across the city (and nation) to the fabric of our community. I hope to foster our own LIVstudio team by allowing space to explore and grow their own personal design interest… from designing/building their own custom furniture, in their exploration of new materials such as concrete fabric, to pushing the limits of technology in design. I look forward to encouraging young professionals that are searching for outlets to keep creating, while building new and nurturing old relationships as we all do life together in this city that I love.”


Brian Berryhill

“In 2018 I am looking forward to the completion of a Police Station we designed in Fort Worth, Texas. It’s a lean, linear project that utilizes tilt wall construction for the exterior walls and the central interior corridor wall. Working with the Fort Worth PD, we implemented design interventions based on our research to better deal with the psychological impacts of policing.”


Kimberly Timmons

“This year KTI is celebrating our 20th year in business, and it’s already off to a great start! We already have a record number of projects on the books and it’s only the beginning of the first quarter. Many exciting  projects are installing this year for our Merchandising, Hospitality and Residential teams across the country. We’re also very lucky to be recognized with several honors from the nation’s leading design associations in the coming weeks including 6 National design awards at the International Builders show.”


Jonas DiCaprio

“This year we are looking forward to working on the issue of ‘affordability’ or more appropriately ‘attainability’ in housing. Construction of new homes and renovations like the ones we do in Denver are becoming unattainable for most people as costs for materials and trades continue to increase exponentially. We want to work on finding solutions in our workshop and with local makers to help control costs. Whether that’s building prefab structures, modular design and building, or focusing on more density and less overall square footage. We believe there are solutions out there and we look forward to working toward them this year.”


Lauren Redifer

Project Manager // TRES BIRDS WORKSHOP
“This year, I’m looking forward to watching as Uchi comes to life from our drawings into built reality. There are a lot of unique design moments throughout this project that will be really exciting to see as the project continues to be built, even before it’s finished. Once everything comes together, I think it’s going to be quite something.”


Scott Parker

“New projects in new places! We love our Colorado relationships, however 2017 took us to Salida, Maui and Bossolasco. Site visits are in order for 2018!”


Darrin Alfred

Associate Curator // DENVER ART MUSEUM
“I look forward to the process of planning new galleries at the Denver Art Museum, specifically designed to showcase the museum’s vast modern and contemporary design collection in the renovated North Building. Much of this collection has never been seen by the public. These expanded spaces will offer an exciting opportunity to make design more visible and accessible to our visitors, as well as demonstrate the important role that design plays in our everyday lives. This will be the first time that the museum has appropriately scaled, dedicated galleries for modern and contemporary design, and in preparation, we have been acquiring new work. It is my hope that these new galleries will add to recent conversations surrounding architecture and design in Denver.”


Carissa M. Thompson

“KTI’s hospitality team has been working on the interior design of an Active Adult Community Clubhouse, which began its schematic phases in 2014. It’s been such an exciting journey for our team over the past 5 years and we trust it’ll be a stunning hub for the residents of the community. KTI has already been honored to receive recognition from NAHB’s 55+ Housing Awards, for Best 55+ Clubhouse on the Boards category last year for the project. We are scheduled to install the furnishings and final touches this spring and we can’t to see it all come together after so many years of hard work.”


Jed MacKenzie

Senior Project Designer // BULTHAUP KITCHEN
“In 2018, kitchen design gets personal. More and more people are looking for kitchens with individuality, something special that reflects their personal style. By getting to know our clients as people, we get to create something bespoke, unique and timeless!”


Drew Marlow

“Stamped and signed in 2017, we’re anxious to see the interior architectural design work of the last two years constructed for DaVita. They leased another 360,000sf opposite the prototype World Headquarters, completed in 2014, establishing DaVita’s downtown campus which flanks LoDo’s iconic millennium bridge. Set to occupy this fall, we’ll enjoy the progress each month as Saunders Construction realizes our vision in the physical form. 2018 is guaranteed to be rewarding!”