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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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There’s an alchemy to a business born in a garage—An artisan, bent over a bench, giving voice to a fomented vision. The image of the worker conjures a complete dedication to craft, with purity, expression, and vision. It Is the recipe that’s catapulted ventures out of garages from Seattle to Silicon Valley. And at the...
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Denver’s mid-century modern real estate expert Adrian Kinney took a trip over the weekend to the annual Modernism Week celebration. “Modernism Week in Palm Springs, California was an absolutely amazing experience—to be surrounded by so many mid-century modern enthusiast from all over the country and world, there to appreciate the historic homes of the mid-century era...
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Boulder is no stranger to tech firms taking up residence in reimagined industrial spaces. But Applied Broadband isn’t looking to emulate the latest Silicon Valley fads. Lucky for them, architect Rick Epstein and designer Marcel de Lange know just how to get where they’re going. WORDS: CHARLIE KEATON | IMAGES: DANIEL O’CONNOR The offices at...
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From design to delivery, remodeling a kitchen can be a chore. But Baczewski Luxury promises a stress-free experience for its customers. “We take care of the entire process from design to door delivery, where designers do not have to worry about dealing with production, logistics, and technical solutions,” said President Gregory Nikov.  Produced in Poland...
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Semple Brown Design inventively interprets Bonnie Brae’s architectural past to craft a harmonious new home with both Modernist ideals and contemporary vision. WORDS: Sarah Goldblatt, AIA • IMAGES: David Lauer Like many of Denver’s urban neighborhoods, Bonnie Brae has become a patchwork quilt of architectural styles. New home designs here have rarely looked to the...
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Modernism Week is upon us, and we’re California dreaming’ over the annual celebration of mid-century architecture and design in Palm Springs. Lucky for us, two books were just released giving us a taste of the modern mecca. WILLIAM KRISEL’S PALM SPRINGS: THE LANGUAGE OF MODERNISM A pioneer of mid-century modernism, William Krisel’s influence has had an...
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When considering courthouse architecture, “community” isn’t always the first word that comes to mind. But DLR Group’s approach—which resulted in AIA and IIDA awards—proved that respect for a region and its people is the recipe for success. At the center of the Dennis Maes Pueblo Judicial Center lies a crafted communal convergence: a unique kiva-inspired...
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This op-ed column, authored by rotating guest writers, aims to stir conversations on architecture and design among our creative community.  IMAGE: Ryan Dravitz  | WORDS: B. Martin, K. Seitmann, B. Tomecek, and B. Wheeler WE HAVE FORGOTTEN THE IMPORTANCE OF A SENSE OF PLACE. “ … Space in the image of man is place.” -Aldo van...
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Looking for a custom home or remodel? Meet Haley Custom Homes, founded in 1998 by Colorado native and entrepreneur, Dan Haley Fuller. From 2,000 square feet to 20,0000+, Haley Custom Homes caters to the modernist or traditionalist.   But what makes them unique? “We use a building technique on all of our homes, that the Japanese invented,” said...
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For our winter issue, we dove deep into both the past and present of Cliff May Homes, from the story of the architect to the history of his flat-packed system and even a current-day remodel of a Cliff May home in Harvey Park.  To unearth the history of Cliff May, his projects, and his work...
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With great architecture comes great responsibility, and with an eye toward revival and respect for history, one Harvey Park couple breathed life into a classic Cliff May home with the help of neighbors, friends, and even the former owner. WORDS: ATOM STEVENS IMAGES: DANIEL O’CONNOR When homeowners opt to renovate, they typically call on experts...
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Say hello to Hmarq Studios! A full-service commercial and residential interior design firm, Hmarq’s projects range from small businesses to retail establishments, multi-family, and single family. “We are a woman-owned, fun, down-to-earth company, which has highest respect for our clients, their budgets, and our product,” said Owner Heidi Marquardt.  With over 20 years of combined experience in commercial...
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Christian Musselman has fun. But don’t mistake that for lacking professionalism—producing detailed custom home portraits is serious business. From children’s toys to mid-century masterpieces, the Denver-based illustrator has crafted a lifelong dream into a successful career of serious play. WORDS: CORY PHARE As a child, Christian Musselman was struck by the design of his grandparents’...
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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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February celebration and panel discussion honors mid-century architectural landmark at Denver Botanic Gardens. Designed by architects Victor Hornbein and Ed White, the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory at the Denver Botanic Gardens celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016. The 11,500-square-foot building took two years to build and is the only conservatory in the country made of cast-in-place concrete. Completed in...
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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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Mid-century modern architect James Ream once practiced as a project designer for Eero Saarinen. He studied in New York and Italy and brought his talents to Colorado briefly to design this Sorensen House with the help of George Hoover (a member of the DCPA design team responsible for the detailed design and development of the Galleria and Parking...
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WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU BRING TOGETHER THE COLORADO ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY, AND AN ICONIC MID-CENTURY ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE? A CURIOUSLY BEAUTIFUL MILITARY INSTALLATION. ROGER THAT. WORDS: CHARLIE KEATON | IMAGES: DAVID LAUER When called upon to design a new 63,000-square-foot building in the International Style, standard practice dictates...
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Bill Buyers designs with a timeless modern aesthetic reminiscent of Denver’s historic mid-century modern architecture, and his projects are known for reducing waste and welcoming natural light. He was featured in Modern In Denver for “The Eight-Foot House,” and his latest project, the “Plinth House,” is now for sale. See the full listing.   
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