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Colorado native Elisabeth Cook spent more than a decade working in the factories and offices of Italy’s vaunted fashion industry. Now she’s back with a luxury hair-on-hide rug that can be anything you want it to be. WORDS: Andrea Clark Mason She arrived in Italy fresh from college in 2002 with an eye toward making...
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Art and design aficionados already know the Denver Art Museum offers some of the finest Modernist viewing around. Now Gwen Chanzit, the Curator of Modern Art who brought us Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s, recently unveiled another show-stopping exhibition at the DAM just in time for summer. WORDS: KIMBERLY MACARTHUR GRAHAM Premiering...
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“See” is for cookie, as part of the Painted City series that has local street artists swapping out murals for macarons. But just seeing isn’t good enough for Tara Bardeen, Founder of Go Play Denver and the project’s progenitor. The key element is uncovering the narrative behind public pieces and the collective story of the...
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What does it mean to be an expert at something? For Adrian Kinney, being a mid-century modern home expert means living in one, renovating one, and investing in a culture that goes beyond a bottom-line—and we’re excited to have that wealth of knowledge by our side as a partner of Denver Design Week.   On...
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SUMMER IS IN THE AIR! The summer issue of Modern In Denver is here! Featuring not one, but two covers, the summer 2016 issue is our biggest one yet. Inside, you’ll find stories on modern architecture from residential to commercial, featuring Charles Deaton’s Key Savings and Loan Association building, a look at the interior design of OtterBox, a...
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HOW INNOVATIVE, FLAT-PACKED PROBLEM SOLVING LED STUDENTS AT COLORADO BUILDING WORKSHOP TO CREATE A SENSE OF HOME FOR THE NOMADIC INSTRUCTORS OF COLORADO OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL. WORDS: Charlie Keaton • IMAGES: Jesse Kuroiwa, Peter O’Neil, Rick Sommerfeld They come from all over, young adventure seekers drawn to Colorado’s rural mountain terrain as if by gravity. Each June they load...
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Design In Bloom is back! Modern In Denver magazine’s annual signature spring event returns on April 28—a night when  architects and designers reveal innovative, architecturally inspired floral displays created by their teams. From 3D-printed vessels to displays with sound, our creative community continues to raise the bar on this annual event, and this year, we have 20 participants...
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SPRING HAS SPRUNG! Spring has sprung and so has the new issue of Modern In Denver! Featuring not one, but two covers, the spring 2016 issue is our biggest one yet! Inside, you’ll find stories on modern architecture from residential to commercial, featuring Boss Architecture’s meticulous seven-year renovation, Surround Architecture’s array of projects, and Roth...
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California architect Cliff May traded dreams of musical stardom for a life rooted in grand conceptual design. Along the way, he cast a long and lasting shadow on the world of modern architecture. Often considered the father of the modern ranch house, Cliff May should perhaps be better known as a purveyor of the casual and...
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The 2016 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize is one of the most prestigious awards in architecture, and this year’s winner is: Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena. “The jury has selected an architect who deepens our understanding of what is truly great design,” said Tom Pritzker, Chairman and President of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the Pritzker...
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It has been such a privilege being able to tell the stories our community’s best art, architecture, and design in 2015. Thanks, Colorado, for giving us plenty of talent to celebrate this year! Take a minute to scroll through some of our favorite images in 2015, from Bauhaus to Bonnie Brae. Cheers to 2016!  Click any photo to...
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ONE ISSUE, TWO COVERS! Our winter 2015/2016 issue features not one, but two covers! On the left, Christian Musselman created this detailed illustration for us, inspired by a 1950s Better Homes and Gardens cover. Inside, you’ll find a story on his work and even more custom illustrations of modern homes. Modern In Denver content covers a wide spectrum...
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The Egg Chair. The Ant Chair. The Swan Chair. Arne Jacobsen is well-known for his iconic furniture design, but it’s not widely known that he’s designed everything from the SAS Air Terminal and the Royal Hotel Copenhagen to textiles, lighting, ashtrays, and cutlery. He’s also had a tremendous influence on VOLA and revolutionized faucet design....
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On October 8, the annual White Box Challenge unveiling happened at Decorative Materials. For the challenge, designers received mystery boxes of materials with which they were tasked to create a unique project. This year’s box contained feathers, and 20 design teams put their talents together to create interesting projects. The winners were: First Place David Rote...
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DEFYING CONVENTION AND DESIGNING REINVENTION ARE EXACTLY WHY DENVER-BASED CONSUME & CREATE SUCCEED AS A CLIENT-CENTERED DESIGN FIRM. FROM SKATE CULTURE TO GLOBAL BRANDS AND BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITY, TAKING A RISK MEANS THE POTENTIAL TO STUMBLE ONTO SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING FRESH. IT’S IN THEIR DNA. AND IT’S WHY THESE LOCAL INFLUENCERS (RE)DEFINE WHAT FRESHNESS...
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We love the way our community serves up a nice warm cup of radical creation. And since fall is a time for piping potations—and we’re suckers for a good pun— we asked some of our favorite Rocky Mountain roustabouts to line up for a booking with beverages. These aren’t your average mean mugs, though. You’ll find expressive elements in...
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On Friday, September 25, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) recognized the best in interior design at its fifth annual BESTawards celebration. Modern In Denver magazine is committed to promoting and celebrating Colorado’s creative community, and we’re proud to have been the media sponsor. Congratulations to the following winners, and have a...
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Denver Startup Week returns September 28-October 2, with a full week of programming fostering culture and entrepreneurship in Colorado. The event was founded by Erik Mitisek, CEO, Colorado Technology Association; Tami Door, President and CEO, Downtown Denver Partnership; and Ben Deda, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Galvanize. To learn more about the...
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ONE ISSUE, TWO COVERS! Fall into our autumn issue—on stands now! Keep your eye out for one of two covers above. That’s right, we created two versions this issue. On the left: a renovated mid-century modern ranch in Bow Mar. And on the right is one of two new offices for Workplace Resource, the largest...
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Denver’s retro show returns this weekend, and the daughters of Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia will be in attendance to present the session, “Bertoia and Saarinen: Then and Now.” The daughters of design—Celia Bertoia and Susan Saarinen—will share stories of their fathers’ lives and work at the Denver Modernism Show and talk about what is...
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