Running out of books to read while social distancing? Let our spring issue inspire your next read with four books for the creatively curious. Whether it’s a collection of the world’s most stylish hotels or a punny cookbook that’s part art, part food, there’s never been a better time to pick up a book.
5/28/2020 – NINE dot ARTS
Local art consulting and curation firm NINE dot ARTS has decided to build on the global movement of public displays of the phrase “Andrà Tutto Bene” (“everything is going to be okay”). The organization will be running a contest starting May 15th through July 15th and offering participating artists individual $250 microgrants. Simply post your art on display to Instagram, tag @andratuttobenneusa, and 30 randomly selected winners will receive funds through Venmo.
5/28/2020 – MOA
Englewood’s Museum of Outdoor Arts, which had been temporarily closed to the public, is set to reopen this Monday, June 1st. Additionally, their Robert Rauschenberg exhibition, which originally was set to close June 13th, will now stay on view through March 20, 2021. But before you go, be sure to read our article on Rauschenberg and his impressive career inside our Winter 2019 issue here.
5/27/2020 – News
Starting today, restaurants in Colorado can officially resume in-person service. Guidelines for reopening issued by Governor Polis include operation at 50 percent capacity, 6 foot distance between tables, limited party sizes to eight people or less, mandatory face coverings, and sanitizing tables in between parties. While the news is positive for many restaurants eager to resume business, for others the safety restrictions, especially regarding capacity, still make reopening financially unfeasible.
5/26/2020 – bulthaup
With the stay-at-home order lifted, the bulthaup team is excited to get back to business. They are now offering in-person appointments with protocols in place for social distancing, mask-wearing, and sanitization of all surfaces. However, virtual appointments and showroom tours as well as sanitized samples via curbside pick-up or delivery will continue to be available.
5/26/2020 – News
In response to the safety needs of the new workplace, Milliken has released a new carpet collection to define boundaries, direct traffic, and promote a spirit of positivity and sense of security. Social Factor, as the collection is named, is available in five different tile styles ranging from graffiti-like prints to striped panels with icons such as arrows, footsteps, and hand-washing reminders.
5/22/2020 – News
At the onset of the pandemic, when more and more people started working from home, interest in office listings and leases dropped significantly. However, a recent survey conducted by real estate websites CommercialCafe and PropertyShark suggests that the market may be on track for a rebound. When asked about the current crisis’ effect on their office space searches, a large percentage of the survey’s over 1,000 respondents reported being ready to commit to a lease when they find the right space.
5/22/2020 – News
Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan is finding a way for us to stay together during these long periods of social isolation with his new series ‘Bedtime Stories,’ presented by the New Museum in New York. Cattelan has enlisted friends, fellow artists, and performers to read a sentence, passage, or chapter from a favorite book, bringing a veritable who’s who of the contemporary art and cultural world into the intimacy of your own home. Check out their website for past readings by the likes of David Byrne, Tacita Dean, and Iggy Pop and stay tuned for a new Bedtime Story every day through the end of June.
5/21/2020 – Brekhus Tile & Stone
Local tile and stone retailer Brekhus Tile & Stone has reopened their showroom to the public, with no appointment necessary. Get a head start by checking out their Online Slab Inventory or using their Kitchen Visualizer to find your perfect match.
5/21/2020 – News
Earlier this month, Downtown Denver Partnership issued a letter to Mayor Michael Hancock asking his administration to consider rapid activation of commercial streets to benefit reopening businesses. The City and County of Denver has heeded their proposal and is now creating a temporary program for restaurants, bars, and other businesses to operate in the outdoor setting adjacent to their businesses. Official rules and regulations are still in development, but to gauge interest Denver has created a webpage for businesses to submit outdoor expansion proposals for the city to review.
5/20/2020 – Room & Board
The Cherry Creek Room & Board showroom has reopened its doors, but with several precautionary measures in place including requiring masks, social distancing, and limiting business hours to 12pm-5pm. If you’ve had your eye on something specific, feel free to call ahead to confirm what’s on display and in stock at the Denver store..
5/20/2020 – News
IKEA Russia has designed six play structures that can be made with IKEA products (or items around the house) to encourage people to remain indoors. The forts—Förtress, Wigwåm, Cåstle, Cåve, Cåmping tent and Höuse—playfully include a Swedish letter and are illustrated like the furniture store’s assembly manuals.
5/20/2020 – California Closets
Cherry Creek North’s California Closets design studio has returned to offering in-person appointments as they were before the shelter-in-place order was mandated. Visit and talk to a designer in person or schedule a virtual appointment, receive a custom 3D design, and install your storage solution yourself or with their professional installers. (Plus, for a limited time, receive 30% off select California Closet Essentials!)
5/19/2020 – Design Within Reach
The Design Within Reach showroom located in Cherry Creek is welcoming clients back through their doors, but with a few basic “ground rules.” They ask that those entering the showroom wear a mask and remain 6 feet away from others. However, you can still place orders and get complimentary design services by phone, chat, or video.
5/19/2020 – News
New font GROUP delivers on its aim to be one of the craziest typeface ever. Organized by designer Raissa Pardini, 37 creatives each contributed a character or two in their own style to the project, purposefully avoiding designs inspired by the virus to keep things positive. And, the best part? All profits will be donated to the World Health Organization.
5/18/2020 – Ultra Design Center
As of last Monday, the Ultra Design Center showroom located in the IDC Building is open for private in-person as well as virtual appointments. For those who would like to come in, the Ultra Design Center staff is taking additional steps to maintain a safe environment in the showroom including heightened cleaning procedures and requiring masks. To make an appointment, reach out to your salesperson, fill out the appointment request, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week, we came back for the fourth iteration of our HOMEBODY series, featuring playlists curated for specific rooms in your home. With summer on the horizon, we’re loving spending more time outside and our Patio playlist, curated by music critic Clarke Reader, provides the perfect soundtrack.
5/15/2020 – Mountain High Appliance
Mountain High Appliance has carefully re-opened their showrooms and clearance centers as a result of the recently lifted safer-at-home orders. All locations fully practice the latest CDC guidelines, including sanitizing with hospital-grade disinfectant and requiring face coverings for staff and guests. For those who would prefer to stay home, questions and purchases can be made over the phone or using their new chat feature available on any page of their website.
5/14/2020 – Aspen Art Museum
The Aspen Art Museum, like many museums, is rethinking how art can be made and experienced during this period of social distancing. The museum is currently offering a variety of programs broadcasted through Instagram Live like a virtual interview series titled Slow. Look. Live. and guided art activities through Art Studio Live! Check their Facebook and Instagram for upcoming events.
5/14/2020 – Decorative Materials
Tile showroom Decorative Materials in the Denver Design District has officially reopened for in-person showroom tours and appointments. Before you go, check out their free style quiz to find out what you need to make your house feel like home.
5/13/2020 – BMoCA
This Friday, join the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) and AIA Colorado at 4:30pm for a free talk with architect and artist Aaron Jones about his future large-scale installation at the museum’s InsideOut exhibition platform. Selected for the 2020-2021 iteration of BMoCA and AIA programming, Jones’ installation will focus on the intersection of art and architecture and how non-traditional structures can foster experiential art viewing.
5/13/2020 – Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum is taking their quarterly “Untitled: Creative Fusions” event online with live-streaming May 15, 16, and 17 at 7pm on Facebook and Youtube. The three-episode online variety show will feature local artists Becky Wareing Steele and Libby Barbee and explore diverse narratives of the American West inspired by the Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington exhibition at the museum.
5/12/2020 – News
Suite New York, a modern furniture showroom in New York, has sensed that we’re all running out of things to bake, clean, and reorganize so they’ve come up with a crossword that “only true design and architecture connoisseurs” can complete. Consisting of 30 questions with a promised high-level of difficulty, those who are able to complete the crossword by this Friday will be entered to win a 60th anniversary special edition of Jacobsen’s iconic Swan chair.
5/12/2020 – Roth Living
Roth Living, supplier of high-end appliances from Wolf, Sub Zero, and Cove, has officially reopened their stunning Broadway showroom. Virtual or in-person appointments are available, but will need to be made by phone or email (303-373-9090 or email@example.com). All locally mandated procedures will be followed to ensure your health and safety.
5/12/2020 – Hoff Miller
Join Amy and Caitlin of Hoff Miller and Brett Johnson of Royal Botania tomorrow at 2pm for a virtual presentation highlighting new introductions and quick ship items. Royal Botania, named for the beauty of botanical gardens and the ”royal class” of furniture they create, is a Belgium-based luxury outdoor brand that can be found locally at the Denver Design District’s Hoff Miller showroom.
5/11/2020 – Kd.
With the stay-at-home order lifted, the Kd. team is excited to get back to business starting today. Their Denver showroom will be accepting in-person private appointments and sanitizing surfaces between each appointment. Virtual appointments and tours of the showroom will still be available as well as curbside delivery of sanitized samples.
5/11/2020 – Design Within Reach
Design Within Reach is having a major sale on some certified classics. Through tomorrow May 12th, the modern furniture retailer is offering 15% on all Herman Miller and Knoll items—plus free shipping on everything site-wide. Save on some iconic furniture pieces, like the Eames Lounge Chair and Knoll Barcelona Chair, and shop the full sale below.
5/8/2020 – Studio Como
Studio Como will be reopening by appointment starting next Monday, May 11th. Appointments will be held virtually—with only the design consultant or customer in the showroom at a given time—via FaceTime and scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. Meanwhile, the Studio Como Warehouse is fully operational and conducting deliveries.
5/8/2020 – Christopher’s Kitchen & Bath
Christopher’s Kitchen & Bath has begun booking in-person appointments again for both their Denver and Englewood showrooms as well as in home. While adhering to all local requirements, the folks at Christopher’s are also taking added precautions to make sure all their clients and staff are as safe as possible. All showroom services are also still available via teleconference and will be the default method of service whenever possible.
5/7/2020 – MATTER
Getting tired of all the cross-talking in your online meetings? Local design studio Matter has created some flashcards that could help. With functional messages like “Still on mute” and “This is being recorded,” to reactions like “Haha” and “Nope,” the 15-card sets are letterpress printed on super thick cardstock and in limited supply so act fast to get yours!
5/7/2020 – News
British architecture studio Foster + Partners has published a series of architecture challenges, including building a paper skyscraper, creating a city, and drawing trees to keep children entertained while staying at home. Once complete, one can share their children’s projects using the hashtag #ArchitectureFromHome. Download all 10 challenges at the link below.
5/6/2020 – Slate Real Estate Advisors
Chic modern minimalism characterizes the Meridian 105 Architecture-designed townhome offered by Slate Real Estate Advisors. Located in LoHi, the nearly 2,000 square foot abode boasts an open floor plan, 16 ft ceilings, and a stunning rooftop terrace. Get more information and take a virtual tour of the property below.
5/6/2020 – News
We’re all about members of the creative community supporting each other, and so is Wunderfund. A grassroots initiative to help struggling Denver-based graphic designers, illustrators, and other creatives, Wunderfund is a volunteer-based effort spearheaded by Wunder Werkz, Cast Iron Design, Spectacle Marketing, and Pine Printshop. The coalition is raising (wunder) funds by selling limited-run tees with 100% of net proceeds going directly back to creatives in need.
5/5/2020 – Denver Art Museum
Make your virtual connections a little more artful with Zoom backgrounds from the Denver Art Museum’s collection. Chose from 10 different artworks that the museum has converted into a high-resolution digital format to use on your next virtual meeting.
5/5/2020 – News
Warmer temperatures coupled with stay-at-home orders have led to an influx of visitors to many Colorado parks. For those living in urban areas, it can be difficult to practice social distancing within densely-populated green spaces. This ‘Parc de la Distance’ designed by Austria-based Studio Precht offers one solution — a labyrinth-like park inspired by a human fingerprint. Visitors enter and exit through gateways that show whether a path is free to walk. Each lane is spaced nearly 8 feet apart by tall hedges, promoting social distancing and a sense of privacy within the heart of the city
5/4/2020 – The Source Hotel + Market Hall
While this Mother’s Day may be unusual, we know that now more than ever, moms are doing it all. Eyes Open x The Source Hotel & Market Hall want to help you honor her properly with three different gift bag options filled with flowers, a card, and other local goodies to show her how much you care. Orders will be accepted until May 7th and if your mom is in Denver county, it will be delivered directly to your mom’s door on Mother’s Day!
5/4/2020 – News
Australian digital agency, The Project Factory, has the solution if you’re missing the ambient noise at your office. Sound Bored markets itself as “sanity-saving office sounds to soothe your WFH situation,” which include coffee brewing, sighing, crumpling paper, typing, and those other office noises you find yourself strangely missing.
5/1/2020 – Mod Livin’
Local retailer of all things modern, Mod Livin’ has a few exciting sales in the works. Minneapolis-based modern furniture manufacturer, Blu Dot, has initiated an additional stay-at-home sale to help small retailers of their furniture by offering 20% off many of their products until May 3rd. Then a week later on May 9th, Mod Livin’ will be starting their showroom clearance sale in observance with CDC guidelines (and with their 10,000 sq ft showroom, keeping 6ft in social distance should be easy!). Check out Blu Dot products and sneak peaks of their showroom sale on their website below!
5/1/2020 – News
In addition to developing products to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, some designers are imagining what we’ll need in the “new normal” of life post-coronavirus. Among those is Carlo Ratti Associati, whose Pura-Case concept is a portable wardrobe purifier that uses ozone to help remove most micro-organisms, bacteria, and viruses from clothes. Made from sustainable materials, the unit would also reduce the need for unnecessary washing, thus reducing water consumption.
4/30/2020 – News
As a part of its initiative to make its documentaries free to watch during the coronavirus lockdown, streaming giant Netflix has made its docuseries Abstract: The Art of Design available to watch on Youtube. With episodes featuring architect Bjarke Ingels, interior designer Ilse Crawford, graphic designer Paula Scher, and Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield, you can watch all 8 episodes of the first season on Netflix’s Educational Documentaries playlist on Youtube.
4/30/2020 – Room & Board
Room & Board, known for partnering with companies who champion sustainability and helping local communities, is highlighting what their partners are doing to help during the COVID crisis. From face shields to protective masks to separation barriers for service counters, U.S. companies like Facture Goods, Redland Cotton, McCreary Modern, and Precedent Furniture have reopened as essential businesses and are helping to make and donate much-needed PPE for frontline workers.
4/29/2020 – NIVAS
Our homes are wildly and critically important to us all right now around the globe. The NIVAS Shelter for All Campaign is tripling every dollar you give through their generous sponsors Inhabit Denver and Storm Design Build. The organization provides direct food aid and builds houses for Nepalese families in need, who otherwise would be hiding out from COVID19 in cow sheds or other substandard housing. To donate, please visit the link below and to learn more about NIVAS and its founder Lindsey Kruger, check out our article feature in the spring issue here.
4/29/2020 – The Conference Experience, Inc.
The Conference Experience, Inc is renting out their three clean private studios to help with any live webcasts and/or recorded announcements. Located in Westminster, Downtown Denver, and Castle Rock, the studios can be reserved by contacting Mike Magdaleno at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 720-373-3273 and you could potentially be broadcasting or recording within a few hours.
4/28/2020 – Hoff Miller
Join some of the ladies at furniture showroom Hoff Miller for a virtual presentation highlighting their two new outdoor brands: MAMAGREEN and Tidelli. Hosted virtually tomorrow, April 29th at 2pm MST via Zoom you’re sure to sign off feeling inspired to create some incredible outdoor spaces. RSVP at the link below and get a sneak peak on their blog.
4/28/2020 – News
Earlier this month, the United Nations and The World Health Organization sent out a Global Call Out To Creatives to submit informative visual content explaining how people can help slow the spread of coronavirus. The result is a mosaic of images that embody hope, gratitude, and the responsible spread of accurate information. See the winning submissions below as well as the work of all of those who submitted designs.
4/27/2020 – News
Tired of not being able to use the elbow trick on round doorknobs? Puerto Rican design studio adapta has an open-source 3D print solution so you can have hand-free opening for all the doors in your life. Plus, the newest iteration uses thermochromatic pigments that temporarily change color when someone touches it so you know when it needs to be disinfected.
Sometimes even homebodies need to get some fresh air. This week, our HOMEBODY series is on the move with a playlist to listen to while walking around your neighborhood. Music critic Clarke Reader curated this set of tunes to get you out and recreating — while social distancing, of course.
4/24/2020 – veselbrand
Contemporary kitchen and cabinet manufacturer veselbrand has reopened construction sites in Aspen on April 23rd. Each site will run under a strict COVID-19 Site Safety Plan so while installs may bit a bit awkward and time-intensive, veselbrand is anxious to complete some elegant kitchens and millwork at 5 different Aspen projects as safely and quickly as possible.
4/24/2020 – The Clyfford Still Museum
This Sunday, join The Clyfford Still Museum (virtually, of course) for their Día del Niño Symbol Workshop with Denver-based Chilean artist Adolfo Romero. Appropriate for families and learners of all ages, the workshop will explore symbols and create a symbol that reflects your own culture, identity, and family. Although the program is free to stream live or watch afterwards on the museum’s social media channels, a $5 donation is suggested to help keep programs like this accessible to all.
4/23/2020 – MCA Denver
Tonight at 6:30pm, The Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting their second-ever One Two Kazoo Goes Digital, a storytelling game show. This special quarantine version of One Two Kazoo promises to blend absurd shenanigans, fun costumes, and incredible stories by Denver storytelling virtuosos. RSVP with the link below!
4/23/2020 – Berger & Föhr
Boulder-based graphic design studio Berger & Föhr is trying to destigmatize the mask. After realizing that the only mask emoji seems sad, they designed a whole suite of emoji characters to normalize the mask and encourage people to use them as a platform for creative expression.
4/22/2020 – RedLine Contemporary Art Center
Since the RedLine Contemporary Art Center closed its doors to visitors weeks ago, RedLine At Home has been providing virtual programing in the form of video tutorials and art activities for adults and kids. Check out their most recent video on paper-mâché and post your masterpiece using the hashtag #RedLineAtHome
4/21/2020 – Denver Architecture Foundation
This year, The Denver Architecture Foundation is presenting a virtual take on their annual Box City event where participants learned about the process of urban development and the principles of architecture, design and planning. This year’s event, aptly titled Out-of-the-Box City, will entail kids creating their building or site at home, sending in photos by May 3rd, and a final online presentation on May 18th.
For all those running out of recipes in this stay at home era, we’re bringing back stories from our INGREDIENTS series that we ran in the early 2010s, featuring some of Denver’s top chefs preparing dishes in stunning modern kitchens. This week, the series continues with a recipe from then-chef de cuisine of Il Posto, Lucas Chandler, creating a mouth-watering pasta dish in a Poliform kitchen. Click below to read the story and get the recipe for Tagliatelle Pasta with pancetta, charred tomatoes, English peas, mint, and parmesan.
4/20/2020 – Finndustry
Environmental designer (and our Winter 2018 cover artist) Derek Friday is releasing a limited number of signed prints for sale to support the James Beard Foundation Food & Beverage Industry Relief Fund. Select prints from a set of unique, alphanumeric forms inspired by the 36 Days of Type Challenge. Friday is also giving away a set of 6 prints to one lucky winner on April 22. Click the link below for more details.
4/17/2020 – Modern In Denver
Last week we introduced our new HOMEBODY series, featuring playlists designed for specific rooms in your home. This week, we’re giving you a list of jams—pun intended—for the kitchen curated by DJ Big Styles who hopes that this week’s tracks help you inject mindful energy into one of our most important living spaces. And if you haven’t had the chance, check out last week’s playlist for the Living Room here.
4/17/2020 – Food & Beverage
With shelter-in-place and social distancing in effect, Denver’s top-notch food and beverage industries are finding creative ways to bring you sustenance and give back to the community. Check out more updates from our friends in the hospitality game and don’t forget to support your local restaurants and bars as best as you can!
4/17/2020 – EUA
With at least another 2 weeks of shelter-in-place to go, architecture firm EUA has converted a number of renderings from a variety of their projects into coloring pages so you can make them your own. Once your masterpiece is complete, post a photo of your finished artwork using the hashtag #EUAColoringBook for a chance to be featured on Monday, April 27th!
4/17/2020 – News
Augmented Reality (AR) company and self-publishing platform ALL World has developed an open-access app for artists to share their art with the world and help find prospective buyers. The app allows users to see a piece of artwork at scale (or enlarged seemingly ad infinitum) in their own space or create their own “AR exhibition” by uploading a 3D version of their art to share with others.
4/16/2020 – News
A task force launched by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has developed the COVID-19 ArchMap to provide information on health care facilities around the world responding to the pandemic and support the development of design best practices for alternative care sites. Architects, designers, engineers and facility owners are asked to contribute current, in progress or completed COVID-19 projects—as well as collaborative initiatives addressing the pandemic—to be added to the map.
4/16/2020 – Cocktail Caravan
Local mobile beverage catering and bartending service, Cocktail Caravan is adapting to the new stay-at-home culture with their new Community Support Cocktails program. Akin to a CSA farm share, you can sign up to receive cocktail and cocktail mixers once a week for 6 weeks. Cocktail Caravan is also looking to pay it forward by awarding CSC membership to those who deserve to be recognized for their hard work during COVID-19. Nominate someone in your life through their Contact Us page at cocktailcaravan.com.
4/15/2020 – News
Japanese motion graphics designer Keisuke Terashima has used Augmented Reality (AR) technology to develop a virtual ruler that helps visual social distancing. Currently only available for iPhones with the latest OS, the ruler can be downloaded for free and then used in real-time to help you stay 6 feet apart from others in public spaces.
4/15/2020 – Knotty Tie Co.
Local tie, bow tie, and pocket square manufacturer, Knotty Tie Co. has retooled their facility to produce face masks for Colorado hospitals and the public. The company has partnered with the Colorado Hospital Association to create 25,000 reusable cotton masks for healthcare workers who are not caring for COVID-19 patients, and for hospitals who could otherwise not afford purchasing masks. They are also selling masks to the public, browse their collection or submit your own artwork for a custom design.
4/14/2020 – Winter Session
Are you in need of a face mask but lack the materials or know-how to make your own? Our friends at Winter Session have masks for personal use available for pre-order on their website in both adult and child sizes. For every mask purchased, they will be donating one mask to a local organization in need. Winter Session’s team of volunteers are also looking to connect with hospitals, health clinics, senior centers & assisted living facilities, shelters or anyone else providing care to sick, vulnerable, or marginalized individuals in Colorado. If you would like to request masks for your care provider team, please email: email@example.com.
4/14/2020 – MSU
The Industrial Design and Art Departments at Metropolitan State University have co-opted the use of their 3D printers to help address the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for people on the frontlines of the pandemic, namely face shields. At least 30 MSU Denver employees, students and alumni are currently involved in the effort and plan to send their products to the Health Center at Auraria and Make4Covid for further distribution.
4/14/2020 – News
Daily photography journal LENSCRATCH has collected the photographic experiences of photographers all over the globe experiencing self-quarantine in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The seven-part exhibition sheds light on the emotions surrounding isolation, while also reminding us of our shared humanity through a wide variety of topics and moods.
While it may be difficult to conjure up words of comfort during these uncertain times, music can graciously fill this void. This week we’re launching Modern In Denver’s HOMEBODY Series that features playlists designed for specific rooms in your home. We hope this week’s Living Room playlist curated by DJ Big Styles will provide a bright spot in your day.
4/13/2020 – MoMA
New York’s Museum of Modern Art has released a series of free online art courses. From fashion to contemporary art to photography, the courses are offered through Coursera and will allow students to hear directly from curators, artists, and designers while taking a closer look at some of the works featured in the museum’s collection.
As we continue to stay at home and practice social distancing, many home cooks are facing the extra challenge of finding creative recipes to prepare. In an effort to help, we’re sharing recipes from our INGREDIENTS series that we ran in 2011, featuring recipes from some of Denver’s top culinary talents photographed in stunning modern kitchens. This week, check out the recipe for an April Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette from chef and restauranteur Justin Cucci shot in a bulthaup kitchen.
4/10/2020 – News
CannonDesign, a Living-Centered Design firm whose Denver office recently moved to RiNo, has reimagined street signs in the age of social distance. A conceptual project, the firm created the series of photos as a love letter to the places we live, people we miss, and all that unites us.
4/10/2020 — LVTD Design
With the majority of us making a shift from classrooms and offices to our living rooms, LVTD felt the need to utilize their skills and machinery to create accessible, functional furniture to ease the transition. The result was a low-cost, easy-to-assemble desk in sizes for both children and adults. The desks feature an integrated cable-pass, pencil storage pockets, and a recessed storage shelf.
4/9/2020 — The Kirkland Museum
In a nod to our current stay-at-home orders and the objects we connect with inside our homes, The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is debuting their new virtual exhibition “Pull Up a Chair: A Selection of Chairs from Kirkland Museum’s Permanent Collection.” Once you look around, be sure to help the staff crown the “champion chair” by voting for your favorite!
4/9/2020 — Design Within Reach
Create your outdoor sanctuary with the Outdoor Sale at Design Within Reach. Save 15% and free shipping on furniture, lighting, fire pits, umbrellas and more!
4/9/2020 — News
Attention all creatives! Our friends at Apartment Bartender and Maximalist have created a contest to encourage creativity during quarantine. They are looking for submissions of creativity ranging from photography, videography, painting, drawing, singing, songwriting, cocktail making, baking… you name it! Prizes include (10) $500 cash prizes, a deluxe Sertodo Copper home bartending set, and more. Winners will be selected every week at random. No entry will be judged, handpicked, or critiqued in anyway. The purpose is to inspire creativity, not to judge it.
4/8/2020 — Solesdi
With plans to refresh their showroom in late 2020, Denver’s Solesdi/Boffi showroom has decided to put their current floor models on sale now. Take advantage of discounts of up to 70% off on pieces from all of their Italian brands, including kitchens, baths, closets, and furniture. Easily shop all the pieces on offer with their website dedicated exclusively to this jaw-dropping sale.
4/8/2020 — News
As social distancing and stay-at-home orders have swept the country, many Frank Lloyd Wright sites that would typically be gearing up for the spring touring season have opened their virtual doors for tours. Check back on their website every Thursday to catch a video tour of a new Frank Lloyd Wright-designed site, including Fallingwater, Hollyhock House, and Taliesin West.
4/7/2020 — Design Wright Studios
RiNo furniture showroom Design Wright Studios worked around the clock last week to get a 3-D virtual showroom online for you to get up close and personal with every single item on their floor. It’s the next best thing to being their in person!
4/6/2020 — News
Golden-based SynergyMed Global Design Solutions has partnered with Davis Partnership Architects and others to create the MC3-RR, a “Mobile Transportable Clean Cube for Rapid Response Applications” to treat patients in the field. One is scheduled for delivery to New York City to operate adjacent to the USNS Comfort. Watch a video on its design below.
4/6/2020 — Brekhus Tile & Stone
Easily peruse Brekhus Tile & Stone’s entire catalogue using their Online Slab Inventory tool. Dimensions and material type are provided, which makes it easy for you to get exactly what you’re looking for without having to see it in person.
4/6/2020 — News
In the age of quarantine, a new challenge is making the rounds on social media. Inspired by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Paul Getty Museum encouraged people to recreate pieces from their online collection using household items and the internet has delivered with some amazing creative interpretations.
4/3/2020 — News
The Paycheck Protection Program, part of the new stimulus package to combat the effects of coronavirus, will use $350 million in government funds to help small businesses pay salaries so employees can stay on payrolls and help others be hired back.
4/3/2020 — Arrigoni Woods
Arrigoni Woods’ Julia Olson, who oversees the Denver and Boulder markets, is uploading videos to her Instagram story that feature insights into selecting the best hardwood flooring for your project. Visit her highlights to learn more about installation, flooring textures, oil vs. lacquered finishing, wood species and much more.
4/2/2020 — Hoff Miller
Furniture showroom Hoff Miller has announced they will be carrying two new outdoor lines, and just in time for patio season. The brands, Mamagreen and Tidelli, are both packed with personality and equally equipped to turn your outdoor living space into an open-air oasis.
4/2/2020 — News
Aaron Brown, professor of mechanical-engineering technology at MSU Denver, is part of a group that’s exploring an emergency solution to the projected 7,000 ventilator shortage in Colorado. By outfitting a snorkel mask with a 3D printed valve, the masks can connect to CPAP machines or directly to oxygen outlets in hospitals, freeing up ventilators for more severe patients.
4/2/2020 — Museum of Outdoor Arts
Although The Museum of Outdoor Arts is closed for the time being, you can get tours of past exhibitions (like 2019’s Natura Obscura above), information about self-guided walking tours, and access to their film library and collection vault through their new Virtual Experiences Page.
4/1/2020 — Berger & Föhr
Boulder-based graphic design and communication consultancy, Berger & Föhr’s conceptual typographic side-project Embroidered Editions, is a series of 30 embroidered tees with type set in 40 pt Neue Haas Grotesk Display 75 Bold. Given recent events, the firm has decided to donate all proceeds to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. With all 30 tees already sold, that’s over $500!
4/1/2020 — Ultra Design Center
For the month of April, Ultra Design Center is starting a “Staff Picks” series on their social media feeds to give you some eye candy while you’re staying at home. From crystal chandeliers to shower heads, the sales team will be sharing their favorite products with links in their bio for more information.
4/1/2020 — Shaver-Ramsey
Over 40 year-old Denver retailer Shaver-Ramsey has closed it’s physical showroom but is offering a collaborative way to shop for your next floor covering. Email them photos of your inspiration, color schemes, room, furniture or other factors you’re working with and they will send back photos of rugs tailored to your request. Plus, door-to-door shipping is free for the time being.
3/31/2020 — Signature Windows + Doors
Since construction is considered to be an essential business during the coronavirus outbreak, Signature Windows + Doors will remain open to continue supporting their partners and clients in the construction trades and their projects. Hours of operation remain the same, but please contact your local store to schedule an appointment before going to any showroom locations.
3/31/2020 — Rifugio Modern
Rifugio Modern is working hard to continue to service all of your furniture and cabinetry needs while keep a safe distance. Call for a consultation or email for a quote, day or night. Special savings are being offered on many orders and projects so don’t delay your kitchen or home furnishing project just because you can’t leave the house.
3/31/2020 — News
The United Nations and The World Health Organization have initiated a Global Call Out To Creatives to submit informative visual content explaining how people can help slow the spread of coronavirus. Submissions will be accepted until April 9th and ten submissions will be chosen on the 22nd to be part of a public health campaign that will be activated all over the world.
3/31/2020 — News
Everlywell, a home testing company, has announced an upcoming home test that will determine if you have Coronavirus within 48 hours. Given the slow roll out of testing in the U.S., the new test could help diagnose more cases. Currently, supplies of the test are being allocated to hospitals and healthcare providers only, but sign up on their website to be notified when tests will be available to consumers.
3/31/2020 — Design Within Reach
Design Within Reach is right, “normal has left the office.” Check out their Work From Home page for tips, tricks, and inspiration on how to make the best of your WFH experience. And to help you get set up for success, they’re also offering free shipping on office chairs and 15% off desks, task chairs and smart organization solutions.
3/30/2020 — News
Flat-pack start up Jupe has developed the “world’s first standalone intensive care unit.” Along with two other models designed for resting quarters for healthcare workers and a recovery unit for non-critics patients, Jupe says the modular units will be cost-effective (at 1/30th the cost of a hospital room) and rapidly deployable to areas that need the most assistance.
3/30/2020 — Room & Board
Room & Board’s top-rated Emmet chairs are now shipping free via UPS. Made out of 100% high-density recycled plastic, the Emmet Sofa and Lounge Chairs also feature a stainless steel bottle opener under the arm. Bonus: Order weekdays by 2 p.m. CT and get day-of shipping!
3/30/2020 — Schomp BMW
With the recent worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 and the regulations requiring social distancing and shelter in place mandates, Schomp BMW has launched an online auto-buying service to adapt to this new environment. Schomp@Home allows you to go through the entire vehicle purchase process online with the option for remote assistance through Zoom.
3/27/2020 — News
The Folding@home project at Stanford University allows users to donate unused computer power to run simulations of how coronavirus is structured, in order to help find a cure. The free downloadable software connects a network of computers in a sort of hive mind that allows the system to run faster and more efficiently than any individual device.
3/27/2020 — IDC & Ultra Design Center
The IDC Building is closed to the public until further notice. The Ultra Design Center warehouse will remain open with increased precautionary measures to receive and ship products. All showrooms are providing design and specification services and support by phone and email, and a variety of video conferencing/screen share platforms.
3/27/2020 — News
Salone de Mobile, the global furniture fair that brings hundreds of thousands of people to Milan every year, is officially cancelled this year. Originally postponed from mid-April to June, the organizers of the event ultimately decided to suspend this year’s edition due to the coronavirus pandemic.
3/27/2020 — Kd & bulthaup
Although their showrooms are closed to public traffic, it’s still business as usual for bulthaup and Kd. From virtual and private appointments to complimentary sanitized sample delivery, you can keep crafting the kitchen or living space you desire without ever leaving your house.
3/27/2020 — milehimodern
Local brokerage milehimodern’s legal team has directed the initiative to create legal protections for their clients regarding the difficulties created by COVID-19. COVID-19 Shutdown Extension and COVID-19 Quarantine Extension protect buyers and sellers and have been sanctioned by the Colorado Bar as the official state-approved addendum.
3/27/2020 — The Source Hotel + Market Hall
The Source Hotel + Market Hall has your weekend covered with bread, blooms, booze and bites ready for delivery, pick-up and curbside-to-go. Visit their ‘Eat’ highlight for ordering information and other details from Acorn, Beet & Yarrow, Safta, Grabowski’s Pizzeria, Proper Pour, Reunion Bread Co., Smok, The Woods, and Eyes Open Project.
3/27/2020 — Arrigoni Woods
Arrigoni Woods is offering a virtual showroom experience from the safety of your own home. Visit their website for inspiration and to browse their full collection of hardwood flooring. A member of their team is also happy to email or FaceTime in order to consult on a design and have samples delivered to your door.
3/26/2020 — News
Danish furniture startup Stykka is doing their part to convince people to work from home with their StayTheF***Home Desk. Made out of recycled cardboard, the desk makes a perfect temporary workstation during the coronavirus crisis. Order one directly from Stykka or use their open-source files to print your own.
3/26/2020 — Brekhus Tile & Stone
Have fun designing your kitchen remodel or customize the kitchen of your dreams with the new Virtual Kitchen Visualizer from Brekhus Tile & Stone. Experiment with hundreds of stone and tile materials and even change the color of the cabinets and wall paint.
3/26/2020 — Food & Drink
At all of our events, we are grateful to have food and beverage sponsors that always bring the best of Denver to us. With shelter-in-place and social distancing in effect, we recognize how much our hospitality industry is struggling. Here are some updates from our friends in food and beverage who are finding creative ways to continue to bring you sustenance.
3/26/2020 — News
Adobe is offering temporary free access to its Creative Cloud apps for student from now until May 2020. Licences are granted to institutions that are Adobe clients through each IT department.
3/26/2020 — Studio Como
Although Studio Como’s physical showroom is closed for the time being, associates are available by phone or email Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, and happy to schedule at any other time that suits you. In addition, Studio Como is expanding the amount of pieces available right off the showroom floor and offering great quick ship options on many manufacturers.
3/26/2020 — milehimodern
The owners of milehimodern released a statement to the community reiterating their commitment to stopping the spread of coronavirus while continuing to help people find homes.
3/25/2020 — Room & Board
Everyone’s spending more time in their home offices nowadays and Room & Board Business Interiors is here to help you make it as efficient as possible. They’re currently offering free shipping on office chairs as well as complimentary design consultations.
3/25/2020 — BAC Appliance Center
BAC Appliance Center, a Ferguson enterprise, is conducting virtual appointments and product consultations with associates that are working remotely. Product will call, delivery and installations are being carried out with an abundance of caution using proactive methods.
3/25/2020 — News
Humanscale Design Studio’s T7 Mobile Technology Carts are being sent to hospitals around the world to help aid in the fight against CO-VID19.
3/25/2020 — Zeppelin Station
Colorado non-profit Friends & Family has partnered with Zeppelin Station to provide free meals to newly-unemployed restaurant and bar workers. The program will run twice a week for the first 150-people to text 720-446-8731 for the next 8 weeks. Click below to learn more and donate to the cause.
3/25/2020 — Porcelanosa
Porcelanosa is offering 40% off your home renovation or project from now until May 30th. Click below to see how you can continue working on your home projects from the comfort of your home.
3/24/2020 — News
Marketing agency Small Giants launched website AECRE Connect to be a central hub of information specific to the Commercial Real Estate (AEC and CRE) industry.
3/24/2020 — Christopher’s Kitchen & Bath
Both of Christopher’s K&B showrooms are currently closed, but are open virtually by appointment. All design and specification services are being offered virtually as well. Construction and plumbing services are still operational, though strictly adhering to the suggested safety protocols for distancing and cleanliness.
3/24/2020 — California Closets
California Closets Denver is offering Virtual Consultations to clients and their showroom is by appointment only at this time.
3/20/2020 — News
The American Institute of Architects has formally implored Congress to expand temporary relief for business owners to avoid layoffs and the sharp economic downturn that would follow. The AIA also specified relief for small businesses, comprise the majority of architecture firms in the US.
Use the information below to get in contact with some of the creative businesses that form the foundation of our community.