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If you foolishly ignore beauty, you’ll soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.
– Frank Lloyd Wright
has extensive experience creating unique living spaces for individual clients – including an upscale condominium featured in the September 2005 issue of Metropolitan Home. dEN’s instinctive understanding of client goals, intuitive style and attention to detail make every project worthy of notice. The interior design of a home is a very private expression of its owner. Every home has a story to tell; dEN will carefully discuss your needs and preferences and work within your budget to make your home your favorite place on earth. Whether your project involves renovating your current space or collaborating with an architect to design, build and furnish a new home, dEN can be an asset from initial consult to installation.
C e ll a r R at design
ugust 2006 marked the completion of Cellar Rat, the first and only merchant of fine wines to serve the revived Crossroads and Downtown districts of Kansas City. This urban location in the Crossroads Art district provides a new haven for culture aficionados on the search for great wine. Cellar Rat’s first priority is quality wine at a value, but don’t be fooled, there is much more than just the over 800 bottles of fine wine held within this cellar.
The raw 5000 square foot space consisted of aluminum, brick, wood barrel ceilings, and aluminum framed windows. To allow an old cellar feel, dEN used reclaimed lumber for the counter bar. Curved lines, wood slats and metal straps all gave references to cellar wine barrels. From the bar your eyes move up to see a beautiful rustic pergola suspended from the ceiling—using the same aged lumber. A polished concrete floors and oxidized metals provided an urban environment to compliment its location. A unique wall was created to store over 300 bottles of collectors wine. To better service Cellar Rat’s customers, dEN chose to use mobile displays to house the remaining 500 premium bottles. Position of these vintage racks can easily be changed, allowing the space to be flexible enough to host special events, private parties, or fund raisers. Recognizing that wine lovers learn their appreciation of the grape through experience, dEN introduced a dedicated room for public and private wine tastings.
Extra Virgin M
ichael Smith is the Head Chef and owner of tapas restaurant, Extra Virgin and co-founder of award winning bistro, Forty Sardines in Leawood, Kansas which was nominated for a James Beard Award for “Best New Restaurant,” and won “Best Chef in the Midwest.” A first for him and for Kansas City.
As an active member of the culinary community, Michael established a series of annual James Beard Foundation fund raising dinners, as well as developed local seminars and special events that featured celebrity chefs from all over the country. Michael and his recipes have been featured in numerous publications both locally and nationally including Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Wine Spectator and Robb Report. Michael continues to rank among the nation’s most recognized and respected chefs.
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rom hearing them talk about their conceptual vision, experiencing their mastery of cuisine, and watching their skilled hands and palettes work like visual poetry, Chefs Debbie Gold and Michael Smith’s passion and experience would become my sole inspiration for creating 40 Sardines.” (Nominated for James Beard’s Best Restaurant Design, 2003)
“It is these very qualities of Michael Smith and our mutual respect and admiration of one another that would once again lead me toward creating the highly successful and Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District’s first double-identity restaurant concept of Michael Smith and Extra Virgin.” (KCHD Magazine – Best Interiors Silver Award, 2007) – Eric Negrete (dEN)
H o t e l P h illips
ince 1931, Hotel Phillips has been a preferred destination for the world’s most well-traveled guests to Kansas City. These days it is the city’s finest boutique hotel.
dEN’s interior design work on the property included complete redesign of room presentation, corridors, public spaces and two full service restaurants. Remaining true to the hotel’s art deco while adding modern impulses. After a complete renovation, it is once again the landmark hotel of downtown Kansas City. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is now the only hotel with AAA Four Diamond Award and prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide recognition in Kansas City.
Interior design is a powerful indicator of your brand and a key facet of the guest experience – just consider the impact a hotel lobby or restaurant dining room has on your impression of a particular venue. We take great pride in our ability to successfully implement interiors that reflect the atmosphere of a particular destination. dEN pays careful attention to comfort, circulation, durability of finishes and project budget. We have extensive procurement resources, as well as impeccable contractor and vendor relationships that make it unnecessary to settle for anything less than perfection. Hospitality projects are a hallmark of dEN’s design work. Our portfolio of public hospitality and private settings includes a sophisticated boutique hotel, an award winning restaurant, and private country clubs. dEN delivers quality interior design to our hospitality clients and in turn, their guests.
ric ensures that a consistent development of ideas takes place so that the final results fully represent each client’s intent. His contagious enthusiasm for design and his nature of including surroundings within interior spaces is sought-after on every project. He has been creating style that is enduring for 23 years.
Prior to a successful career in Kansas City, Eric worked as a designer and showroom manager in Los Angeles, CA. He was responsible for the initial concepts and the execution of conceptual design and development, as well as, product development for a variety of companies and homes belonging to a variety of film industry stars and celebrities.
The relationships Eric has developed and maintained with product suppliers enable him to ensure the best quality in every piece he specifies and designs. His follow-through has helped make signature projects a success, such as 40 Sardines, Hotel Phillips, Cellar Rat Wine Merchants, Michael Smith, Extra Virgin, People to People International- World Headquarters, and numerous businesses and private residences throughout the United States.
In July 2004, Kansas City Magazine listed Eric Negrete as one of “52 people you ought to know” and Indulge Magazine’s September 2008 Style Maker, and served as a contributing writer for the Kansas City Star Magazine. Currently, Eric is a Mentor with the Park University Interior Design Department’s Mentorship Program and has a seat on the board of the Arts Council Metropolitan Kansas City.
Among the most recent of accolades in his career is Eric’s collaboration with: Indigo Wild Global Headquarters which was received the KC Magazine Commercial Journal’s Design Excellence Silver Award 2010 for Best Office Space. Cellar Rat Wine Merchant: this Crossroads District – Kansas City, Missouri project was awarded the coveted Kansas City Business Journal’s Capstone Award for Best Retail Design – 2007. This award is preceded by a 2003 James Beard Society nomination of the 40 Sardines restaurant. The Leawood, Kansas project was one of five national nominees for Best Restaurant Design.
Historic Renovation of Hotel Phillips, Kansas City, MO Additional project: Private Dining Room, 2006 40 Sardines, Overland Park, KS James Beard Award Nominee; Best Restaurant Design – 2003
Nicholson Group Mainmark Building Red Bridge Medical Building Cellar Rat Wine Merchants, Kansas City, MO KC Business Journal’s Capstone Award; Best Retail Design – 2007
433 Ward Parkway Condominiums, Kansas City, MO Gardner Group, Zurich Switzerland – New York offices The Sulgrave/Regency Condominiums, Kansas City, MO Michael Smith Restaurant, Kansas City, MO The Metropolitan Apartments, Kansas City, MO Archon Properties, Irving, TX Casa de Fuentes Aspen Lodge
Extra Virgin, Kansas City, MO KC Home Design Magazine – Silver Award Best Use of Art for Interiors – 2007 People to People Int’l Headquarters, Kansas City, MO
Hallbrook Country Club, Leawood, KS St. Mary’s College, Leavenworth, KS Student Union & Recreational Center Crown Center Cinema, Kansas City, MO
Northwind Resources, LLC Offices Chicago Board of Trade Building, Chicago, IL Indigo Wild Headquarters, Kansas City, MO KC Magazine Commercial Journal; Design Excellence Award Best Office Space; Silver Award 2010
Toy and Miniature Museum, Kansas City, MO Helix/Architecture + Design offices, Kansas City, MO Scandia Down, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, MO Historic Firestone Building Selected Private Residences
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