See the Winners of the 2014 Mayor's Design Awards Tonight

Aria Apartments, a 2014 winner.
Tonight Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver's Community Planning and Development Department will honor fifteen projects for excellence in architecture, design and place-making during the 2014 Mayor's Design Awards ceremony at The Studio Loft of the Denver Performing Arts Complex. "This year's winning projects are phenomenal examples of what makes Denver a vibrant city," Mayor Michael Hancock said in announcing the winners. "From homes to restaurants to community gathering places, this city is developing such unique places for the Denver community for years to come."

And unlike in previous years -- the awards have been handed out since 2005 -- the winners this year are largely new projects.

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Preview: Chaircuterie's Furniture-Inspired Art

David Hamlin
On Thursday, November 13, the American Institute of Graphic Arts Colorado and the Denver Art Museum Design Council will host Chaircuterie, a celebration of design and a fundraiser for AIGA's mentorship and scholarship programs and the Denver Art Museum's Department of Architecture, Design and Graphics. More than a hundred chair-inspired works will be showcased and auctioned off during the event; the collection, created by such local and national artists and designers as Ethan Hutchinson, Mike Giant and Mario Zoots, includes functional furniture as well as sculptural works and two-dimensional pieces.

In advance of the party, here's a preview of some of the pieces that will be up for auction tomorrow evening at the McNichols Building:

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Darrin Alfred

Darrin Alfred and friends in the Design After Dark photo booth.
#45: Darrin Alfred

As associate curator of architecture, design and graphics at the Denver Art Museum, Darrin Alfred -- who cut his teeth at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art before landing in Denver -- keeps the museum's design collection up-to-date, while curating such shows as 2009's popular poster show, The Psychedelic Experience; 2010's What Is Modern?, which re-explored the DAM's collection and redefined the meaning of modern design; and Pattern Play, a glimpse into the modern artistry of mid-century textile designer Jacqueline Groag, in 2013. But he also champions the Denver design community, both as a curator with an eye for local treasures and as a member of the AIGA Colorado board. More than an arbiter of taste, Alfred reminds us how good design and style can enrich our everyday lives. Where is design headed in a new century? Alfred gave us some clues by answering the 100CC questionnaire.

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Photos: CPAC's Fashion/Culture Gala Fashion Show at the McNichols Building

Categories: Design, Fashion

All photos by Scott Lentz
On Thursday night, fashionistas took over the McNichols Building for a benefit fashion show gala reflecting the Colorado Photographic Arts Center's continuing exhibit Fashion/Culture. Photographer Scott Lenz brought back these images and more from the high-class evening.

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Reimagine Your Downtown Will Fill the Streets With Art and Activities This Weekend

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Chalk art will reimagine this downtown alley.
Downtown will be hopping this weekend -- and not just because thousands of beer lovers here for the Great American Beer Festival will spill out into the streets. There will also be free performances, art and other activities for all ages as Reimagine Your Downtown transforms the area, turning parks into dance studios, parking lots into works of art and alleyways into gathering places.

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A Desire to Be Creative Brought Elizoebeth Jensen -- and Her Jewelry -- to Denver

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Elizoebeth Jensen's first move to a creative life was leaving California for Colorado in 2005. Seven years later, she gave up her California consulting job and became a full-time designer and mother. Jensen is now the creative mind and designer responsible for beautiful, delicate pieces of jewelry. She recently took a few minutes to talk about what inspires her designs for Elizoebeth Jensen Jewelry.

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Tricia Hoke on The Cotery and Bringing Out Your Inner Designer

Categories: Design, Fashion

Design by Kristin Hatgi
For those of us who lack the drive to be a designer, there's now a website for that. But The Cotery was really created to make it easier for talented designers to do their work without having to get bogged down in the production and distribution side of the business -- and in the process, the site also highlights the amazing talents of Denver. Tricia Hoke and Charlotte (Char) Genevier are the creative minds behind the Cotery; Hoke recently took time out from her busy schedule to talk with us about how how to bring out your inner designer with the Cotery.

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Front Range Flag Company celebrates Colorado's spirit of adventure

Categories: Design, Outdoors

Front Range Flag Co. creates custom flags to celebrate Colorado adventures.
Jackie Barry's love for flags as celebratory beacons originated in Philadelphia, but it's the Colorado outdoors that inspires Front Range Flag Company. Barry and her business partner, Ryan Casey, launched the custom flag company early this summer to commemorate adventurous achievements big and small -- from going a short hike to climbing a Fourteener.

The two met in college in Philadelphia, where Barry developed her interest in fabrics and flags. She built miniature sailboats at the Independence Seaport Museum and even did her senior thesis on flags.

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Artist House Tour: John Haley forges badass metal work in his Lakewood studio

John Haley III
John Haley's metal shop studio in Lakewood, CO

Editor's note: Indie Design Blogger Jeanne Connolly loves to see how creative people put their houses together. In this series, she'll be sharing some of her favorite homes, taking us inside the unique private spaces of metro Denver and beyond.

John Haley III is one interesting cat. His art-nouveau-inspired metalwork can be found in artsy homes all around the world. It can also be purchased at or at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival this weekend. You can see what we're talking about on the next few pages as we show his work displayed artfully throughout his midcentury-modern home in Lakewood. Read more to find out what inspires this fascinating metalworker.

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Sheila Hydle will help you fuse with your inner artist at Glassateria

All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
Sheila Hydle embarked on her new venture after the death of her father. "I wanted to use my inheritance to start something I'm passionate about," she explains. "I decided to do something different. Glass-cutting was the first thing that I felt passionate about. If my dad was here, I would still be in corporate America and unhappy."

But instead, she opened Glassateria, a studio that allows customers to become artists by working on their own glass-fusion project. "I love helping people feel creative and providing a place for them to let go of logic," Hydle says. "You can manipulate glass, but you can't control it."

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