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Classic Influence Stunning architectural detail, a new open floor plan and exquisite furniture give a Denver ranch house a bold, modern edge.

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A Storied Space The owners of this mountain retreat wanted their new home to tell a tale of generations gone by—and with charming furnishings and details, they’ve succeeded.

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The Real McCoys Famed designers Katherine and Michael McCoy open up about their Buena Vista home, their impressive resumés and what still inspires their work.

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MASTERS OF WORDS WE WERE, stringing together metaphors that made up in fancifulness what they lacked in intelligibility:

“A violin of light plays sonatas for the eye. Soft and sensuous, it strings magic into a symphony of colors.” Whew. That’s quite a metaphor.

AND IN A USEFUL LITTLE ARTICLE CALLED “HOUSE TIPS”—which included advice on everything from dusting light bulbs to removing fish odors from cooking utensils—we offer this tip:

“To chase away chills this winter (and feel better, too), brew some tea and lace it with a few drops (but not more than 1/4 cup) of rum.” We love the parenthetical. Good advice, indeed. COLORADOHOMESMAG.COM

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Historic Style As the world turns, so design evolves. Inspired by events, ideas and earlier trends, historic furniture styles give us a glimpse into eras gone by.

CHIPPENDALE NAMED FOR 18TH-CENTURY BRITISH FURNITURE DESIGNER Thomas Chippendale, this elegant style shows off curvy cabriole legs, ball-and-claw feet and intricate carving. It’s typically viewed as a blend of Gothic, Rococo and Chinese styles, and often, one of these influences dominates a particular piece, so we end up with wide variations on Chippendale’s classic designs. The style enjoyed a great revival in the late 19th century, so even if you can’t find an original, you won’t have much trouble finding a handsome reproduction. IRISH CAMELBACK SOFA BY KINDEL FURNITURE CO. Adorned with gorgeous details, this settee shows off scrolled arms, ball-and-claw feet and a lovely mahogany base. Whitney Evans, Ltd., Denver Design District, (303) 777-1886, whitneyevansltd.com.

ANTIQUE BRASS AND IRON BEEHIVE ANDIRONS Beehive finials top a ring-turned stem, which sits on spurred cabriole legs and ball feet. Eron Johnson Antiques, Denver, (303) 777-8700, eronjohnsonantiques.com.

GUN CABINET BY KINDEL FURNITURE CO. Classic and handsome, this mahogany curio features hand-glazed glass, hand-carved egg-and-dart molding and a delicate pediment with hand-carved rosettes. Whitney Evans, Ltd., DDD, (303) 777-1886, whitneyevansltd.com.

PIE CRUST LAMP TABLE Made from oak and movingue, this beautiful accent table sits atop a delicate turned column and tripod cabriole leg. Colorado Style Home Furnishings, Highlands Ranch, (303) 741-4240, coloradostyle.com.

CHIPPENDALE CHAIR BY ELIJAH SLOCUM This replica of an original chair by Thomas Chippendale has stunning hand-carved detailing and blind fretwork. MODA Antica, Denver Design District, (303) 733-9003.

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HOLLYWOOD REGENCY INSPIRED BY LIVING SPACES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS from Hollywood’s Golden Age, Hollywood Regency style is nothing short of fabulous. Look for glossy surfaces and ultra-luxe materials, clean lines and fussy accents, and over-the-top touches of glitz and glam. What you won’t find is overstuffed or imposing furniture; the idea of the day was for celebrities (think Clark Gable, Greta Garbo and Judy Garland) to stand out against the backdrop of the room—while wowing guests with their décor. Today, designers Kelly Wearstler and Barclay Butera get high marks for their fresh interpretations of this ’30s-born style. FRINGE LAMP BY MOOOI Sexy fabrics come together around a drum-like shade in a hanging lamp that’s both saucy and sleek. Alesso Modern Source, Denver, (720) 379-4672, alessomodernsource.com.

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CHAIR NO. 6473 BY BAKER, POODLE TABLE BY BARBARA BARRY Be charmed by this chair’s sculpted-maple front legs, plush puckers and glamorous curves. To form this swank side table, a honed black granite top pairs with delicate antiqued silver rings. Drop-dead gorgeous. Both available at TOWN, Denver Design District, (303) 282-8696, townstudio.com.

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MY BROTHER’S FRAME Add a touch of drama with this vamped-up traditional piece, cast from a frame designer Harry Allen unearthed in his brother’s closet. AERA Studios, Denver, (303) 388-2372, aerastudios.com.

SOPHIE LOUNGE CHAIR BY OLY STUDIO An antiqued-white-finish frame meets a faux-zebra seat for lots of sophisticated attitude. HW Home, Boulder, (303) 545-0320, hwhome.com.

BORGHESE BUFFET Antique mirrored glass panels conceal felt-lined adjustable shelves and a three-tier wine rack. Enchanting. Z Gallerie, Denver, (303) 322-1299, zgallerie.com.


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ORION CHAIR BY DELLA-ROBBIA A comfy form set on polished chrome, this chair practically screams mid-century marvelous. Invironments, Boulder, (303) 413-8003, invironments-design.com.

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LITE SOFA BY PALAU Designed by Bjorn Mulder, this loveseat can be covered in a range of fabrics to give you just the look you want. Mulder gets high points for clean design and attention to detail. Mod Livin’, Denver, (720) 941-9292, modlivin.com.

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SPEED UP COCKTAIL TABLE BY SACHA LAKIC This black lacquer glass table top sports a fluid, elliptic triangle shape and sits atop a resin-and-black carbon lacquer base. Smooth. Roche Bobois, Littleton, (303) 721-1616, rochebobois.com.

NUEVA LITE SPUTNIK YELLOW PENDANT LIGHT The definition of “retro-fabulous,” this pendant light is nearly 26 inches in diameter and would add a touch of glam to any room. Mod Livin’, Denver, (720) 941-9292, modlivin.com.

MEDITATION POD BY EDRA This three-leafed chair has a shaped metal frame and is filled with polyurethane foam. Cover it in a range of chic materials, and lounge to your heart’s content. Z Modern, Denver, (303) 2988432, zmodern.com.


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CHANCES ARE GOOD THAT YOU LOVE ONE OF THE MANY ORGANIZATIONS Arlene Hirschfeld helps support. Maybe you love the arts: she’s a member of the board at the Denver Art Museum. Or perhaps you’re interested in preserving Colorado’s history: Hirschfeld helps keep the Governor’s Residence beautiful through her work with the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund Committee. Maybe you’ve seen her at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado Luncheon or a fundraiser for the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, encouraging others to join in her mission to see good things happen in Denver. “My problem is I care about too many things,” Hirschfeld says. And lucky for Denver, this member of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame shows no sign of stopping. Among the passions close to Hirschfeld’s heart are the arts, health, family and education (she began her career as an English teacher before she became a mother and a full-time volunteer and philanthropist). She’s honest about the fact that giving to the community—and her family— has been a balancing act. “You can do it all, but not all at the same time,” Hirschfeld says. “There are chapters in our lives. When my kids were growing up and I had family commitments, the other stuff took second place. A family doesn’t run on autopilot.” During her own childhood, Hirschfeld absorbed her parents’ selfless approach to giving. “If anything good happened in our family—if someone got well from illness—they would give money to charity,” she says. As an adult, she adopted this model in her own life, making sure to “pay attention to the moment of gratitude,” as she calls it. During one of her admittedly rare moments at home, Hirschfeld is most likely in her office, where her desk—custom-designed by her husband, Barry—sits amid wall-to-wall windows that welcome a flood of natural light. (The sunshine is her favorite part of Colorado.) Barry’s desk is nearby; the two team up in their

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DESIGNS FOR OUR TIMES Kenn Archibald is a man on a simple mission: create modern, custom furniture while protecting the planet. It would be easy for Archibald, founder of Loveland-based Archibald Design Studio, to sacrifice attractive design at the green gods’ altar. (After all, we’ve all seen eco-friendly furniture that not even Mother Nature would buy.) But Archibald’s pieces are eco-sensitive, cleanlined and downright gorgeous. “I prefer to emphasize the material over an elaborate design,” he explains. “I’m inspired by minimalism and traditional woodworking techniques. That means that I’m not afraid to use dovetail joints in a modern design.” Armed with an undergraduate degree in sculpture from Vassar College and an MFA in furniture design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Archibald launched his venture in 2006 and is now producing handcrafted pieces from five distinctive—and cleverly named—lines: Facet, named for the faceted joint found in the corners of the tables and chairs; Cubit, a handsome bookshelf inspired by cubes; Basho, a riff on modern Japanese style and named after sumo wrestling tournaments (Archibald says

the wide, squat pieces reminded him of the wrestlers’ stances); Hello, a modular system of blocks that resemble an “H” when perched horizontally and an “I” when set upright; and RITA, a ready-to-assemble set of table and chairs—the studio’s most economical offering. Archibald only uses the most sustainable products: wood (and manufactured wood) products that have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and low-VOC adhesives and paints. Perhaps equally impressive is the way he repurposes his scraps—even down to sawdust. He recycles leftover wood by transforming it into sushi trays, trivets and coasters; smaller scraps are bagged and given to friends and customers to use as smoking chips for grilling. Sawdust goes to neighbors to use as compost material, animal bedding and mulch. But his most enduring gift to the environment is beautiful, well crafted furniture that you’ll keep forever. “I prefer to think of my work as marrying timeless design with time-honored woodworking techniques,” he says. “My goal is for these pieces to last for generations.” (970) 667-4680, archibald-designs.com

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IN PURSUIT OF THE CRAFT Denver-based Newell Design is a big deal, but you’d never guess it by chatting with founder and principal Jeff Newell, who still seems slightly surprised by his company’s success. But there’s no denying that 12 years into what he calls “a great journey,” Newell Design has garnered the attention of designers and homeowners across the globe. “I can’t say that we started out to do this,” he says, gesturing to the workshop in downtown Denver where his eight-person team works. “[My wife, Beth, and I] were just a couple of twenty-somethings interested in this idea of craft.” It’s an idea that Jeff and Beth have cultivated carefully for many years. Both fresh out of the College of Santa Fe (his degree is in creative writing; hers, in painting), they moved to New York City, where, Jeff says, they decided that the best thing they could do was simply immerse themselves in culture. “We didn’t have much money, so we figured out how to hone our interests cheaply,” he says. “We would go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There was this side door, and it was pay as you can, so we’d give them a dollar,” he laughs. Inside, they were drawn to the furniture exhibits. “Those pieces were built before our mechanized age, and they stand on equal footing with paintings we studied in art history.” The two relocated to Denver in 1996; Beth painted for a while, and Jeff wrote screenplays “that never sold.” But that idea of craft just wouldn’t go away, so the Newells decided to try designing and building furniture. “We had one little red toolbox, and we built everything in the living room in our loft,” Jeff says. “Our neighbors probably hated us.” They began by designing and building large, traditional pieces—handcarved armoires and credenzas of cherry and walnut—and their business grew slowly, one commission at a time. By 2000, they had started producing contemporary pieces, taking traditional forms and abstracting them. The results are subtle—and sophisticated—references to eras gone by. Today, Jeff is the company’s lead designer, and Beth is the artistic director; Jeff calls her the Ezra Pound of the relationship for her ability to edit designs down to their cleanest—and best—versions. They’re mulling over a few new concepts, such as how to create boutique design in this challenging economic climate: “How do you make couture materials and elements more affordable? And conversely, how do you make certain materials—such as sustainable products—more elegant and couture with finishes to match?” Jeff wonders. These are the questions that move their designs forward. We don’t know the answers, but we suspect that this inspired pair will work toward beautiful solutions—and surprise us (and maybe even themselves) as they do. (303) 298-8572, newelldesignstudio.com

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FORM, FUNCTION—AND ART In a dusty industrial building in northwest Denver, woodworker Ethan Hutchinson creates pieces of contemporary furniture so shapely and serene that they practically beg to be touched. Inspired by famed furniture maker Sam Maloof and the Danish Modern style that Maloof interpreted, Hutchinson plays with traditional design elements—a cabriole leg, say—and morphs them into sleeker, updated versions of their old selves. The results are pieces that are destined to be the standout elements in any room. So it’s hard to believe that Hutchinson didn’t begin his professional life as a furniture maker. Eighteen years ago, he was a “miserable chemist,” analyzing contaminants in soil and water. “I needed to do something creative,” he says. “I was dying.” He and his wife agreed that he’d try making furniture professionally for six months. Nearly two decades later, it appears that his creative venture has paid off. With the help of an apprentice, Hutchinson creates about 50 pieces a year. His clients most often request tables and chairs, but he also builds doors, case goods and benches—all gently sculptural, all crafted with careful attention to the natural qualities of the wood. A few minutes in Hutchinson’s workshop gives the impression that “careful attention” defines his work—and, he admits, he has no shortage of time to ponder everything from the engineering challenges of his latest designs to the more philosophical aspects of his trade. “I think a lot about the debate between art and craft,” he says. “I’m a maker of functional objects, but I wonder, when do those objects leave that realm and become art?” His gaze falls on the single rocking chair in the middle of the workshop, and its quiet, fluid shape answers his question. Functional? Yes. Beautiful? Yes. Art? We think so. (303) 433-0522, ethanhutchinson.com

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Classic Influence DENVER INTERIOR DESIGNER Jeff Elliott expected to discuss a minor project when he went to meet with homeowners Sally and G a r y Mi l e s a f e w y e a r s a g o. Instead, his clients surprised him with the news that they wanted to update the entire main level of their home. Elliott was thrilled at the prospect of giving the dated mid-century Denver ranch house a fresh, new look. “The homeowners showed me photos of something very traditional,” Elliott says of t he Connecticut beach house that first inspired his clients. “My thought was to strip away the details and make everything square and exaggerated—a modern interpretation of a traditional look, just younger and with more of an edge.” He began by gutting most of the main level, taking down walls between long, narrow rooms and creating an open floor plan that flows between the living room, kitchen and combination dining/piano room.

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The next step was to add new bones—bold details inspired by classic architecture. Three massive columns replaced a confining wall, visually expanding the living room. “The columns have a neoclassical influence, but doing them square without much detail gives them a contemporary look,” Elliott says. The dining room features wainscoting with big, clean lines, while the living room is wrapped in authentic tongue-and-groove beadboard paneling. “I think this house really changed my whole design career,” Elliott says. “I learned more about luxury and adding architectural detail. It’s amazing what a difference it makes to add trim and wainscoting.” One of the designer’s more daring moves was to install coffered ceilings in a house with modest eight-foot ceilings. “I was petrified,” he says. “When the wood first went up, the ceiling

looked too low, but once painted, it went right back to where it should be. The homeowners loved it.” With the architectural changes in place, Elliott turned his attention to the furnishings. “Furniture is my big thing as an interior designer. This is what makes my heart beat,” says Elliott, who set a clean, sophisticated tone with original 1940s furniture designed by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. The dining room table has a striking X-shaped base that illustrates Robsjohn-Gibbings’ predilection for classic Greek and Roman lines. Elliott went to several different auctions to find a set of the mid-century designer’s ladder-back chairs and a sideboard. He unified the grouping with black ebonite stain. “Then we ran with the concept,” Elliott says. He purchased additional Robsjohn-Gibbing pieces—X-base benches in the

The dramatic dining room features furniture from the 1940s designed by Robsjohn-Gibbings. “The designer was famous for his neoclassic furniture,” says Elliott, who went to several auctions to compile the collection of chairs, table and sideboard. He united them with an ebonite stain and white patent-leather upholstery. A curvaceous hand-blown Czech chandelier from the 1940s and hammered brass Asian lamps by Robert Kuo stand out against a shimmering wall-sculpture by contemporary artist Barbara Wathke.

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(clockwise, from top left) The custom kitchen was designed with a vintage beach-house look. It features the colors of sea and sand, with blue-grey Azul Imperial granite countertops from Spain, painted white cabinets and bamboo shades. The full-overlay cabinet doors have bin pulls reminiscent of the 1930s. “The whole focus of the kitchen is on the dynamic maple butcher-block island,” Elliott says. He collaborated with Irpinia Kitchens on the design, which showcases varying heights and chunky Parsons legs on the island. Elliott solved two problems in this transitional area between the kitchen and living room: “There was a column that couldn’t be moved and the clients needed a desk, so we built the desk around the column,” he says. The custom desk is stained mahogany with gold-leafed glass-front drawers; the top is inset with leather. Elliott paired the desk with a Tangier chair by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy from the early ’90s.

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Two rare, vintage T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings slipper chairs are the jewels in the elegant piano room. Elliott had the chairs lacquered white and upholstered in a taupe basket-weave fabric. He then designed a tufted, white patent-leather ottoman in a complementary style. A family piano and 1930s Chinese celadon garden stools complete the harmonious grouping.

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living room, rare slipper chairs in the piano room. Elliott custom-designed a chaise, benches and an ottoman to fit with the aesthetic. “One simple element pulls it all together—a round dowel framework,” says Elliott. In fact, he points out, everything about the furnishings is round or tubular, whether the finish is bronze, polished nickel (in the lamps and hardware) or wood. Then came time for the beach houseinspired details. Elliott completed the design with fresh, casual references to the shore, such as woven rattan chairs, striped cotton canvas upholstery, lightweight linen draperies, bamboo shades and a sea-andsand palette in the kitchen. He juxtaposed those with sophisticated, eclectic influences such as Asian hammered brass lamps and a hand-blown Czech glass chandelier in the dining room. The grand finale of the whole design, according to the designer, is the piano room, with its standout vintage chairs and white patent-leather ottoman designed by Elliott: “It’s my favorite space—t he humdinger of this design and the first thing you see when you walk in the door,” he says. His only regret, he says, is that the project was limited to the first floor. “We haven’t gotten to the bedrooms yet,” he says. “I have big plans ahead.”

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(left) As guests enter the home, they are greeted

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with a vignette offering warmth and comfort. Petite chairs complement the scale of the narrow fireplace. Oliver selected the chairs, she says, “because my client loved the charming design and they were the perfect size.” (above) Located along the Blue River, the mountain-ranch exterior is a stark contrast to the Old English-inspired interiors. The many fireplaces are meant to mimic Old English manor houses, where hearths are the only source of heat.

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(left) Oliver designed the great room around the floral sofa fabric by Brunschwig & Fils, adding a touch of serenity to the family gathering place that is defined by dark wood paneling. The fireplace mantel, crafted with doors from a Gothic armoire, creates a distinctive focal point. (right) Inspired by English pub tables, the dining room table is long and narrow to create intimate dinner parties and make guests feel welcome. The Jacobean-inspired chairs surrounding the table are covered in a warm, wonderful tapestry, and trimmed with playful tassels. The greatest challenge in furnishing this room was finding plates small enough to fit the narrow table.

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ADD LIFE TO EVERY SPACE— and interior designer Lane Elisabeth Oliver’s latest mountain creation is humming with life. Nestled next to the Blue River, the retreat is both traditional mountain ranch and Old English manor house. “The best way to describe the house is a wonderful, charming surprise,” says Oliver, principal of Denver-based LEO Interior Design. While the exterior of the home melds with the other existing buildings on the nearly 650-acre property, the homeowners wanted “an eclectic Old English interior that reflected details of world travel and years of harmonious room additions,” Oliver says. Unlike traditional new construction, the home was built to suggest a small manor house whose footprint expanded through years of additions, as if each generation left its distinctive mark. Improbable details abound—stone walls tucked neatly into the interior of

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“I wanted all of the furniture to have an aged look to it, like it had been collected over the years, but I stayed away from too many antiques for the main pieces; instead I chose to focus on comfort,” s a y s d e s i g n e r L a n e O l i v e r.

(left) The kitchen is a lovely mix of color and wood finishes. The range is a custom-colored blue to complement the hand-painted tiles and distressed moldings; it all contrasts perfectly with the wood beams. (right) The powder room was inspired by an old church Oliver saw in England. A custom-painted vanity provides a delightful focal point and unique details enchant with an authentic pull-chain toilet (not shown) and jeweled light fixtures adorned with strands of pearls.

the great room look like a previous generation’s exterior walls while numerous narrow passageways lead guests through the home. The furnishings resemble a collection gathered over many generations, as if a European pioneer family accumulated various treasures along the way. “My mission was to make the powerful spaces feel aged and intimate,” Oliver says, and to find furniture that was “dainty yet strong so that it contrasts with the courtly and masterful architecture.” Trips to England, Scotland and France inspired these design choices. The high-Europe ambience begins with the entry, where guests are greeted by an intimate fireplace and a pair of English-style Bergere chairs akin to furniture Oliver encountered in England. “In my travels, all the manor houses had these wonderful fireplaces near the front door so guests could warm themselves after a long journey,” she explains. Oliver kept fireplaces petite and seating arrangements intimate to draw guests in. Artwork, rugs, and accessories with soft mellow tones enhance the rich, deep hues of the furnishings. The designer carefully selected the furniture with an eye toward livabil-

ity. “I wanted all of the furniture to have an aged look to it, like it had been collected over the years, but I stayed away from too many antiques for the main pieces; instead I chose to focus on comfort,” she says. Many of the smaller chairs and accessories are authentic antiques that add to the Old English charm of the home, and each custom furniture piece is enhanced with beautiful details, such as the playful tassels trimming the Jacobeaninspired dining room chairs from Ebanista. “I chose fabrics with strong texture, playful, aged colors, and exciting trim details,” Oliver adds. Because entertaining is central to the homeowners’ lives, Oliver designed all the spaces with guests in mind. Together with architect Jon Gunson and contractor Rick Emarine, she tailored each space, including primitive details that could be from the 19th-century, but are updated for entertaining large groups of friends in the 21st century. The great room features a working fireplace where simple fare can be prepared, while several seating areas provide ample space for large groups. “Creating separate, intimate spaces makes every niche useful and cozy,” Oliver explains. The

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(left) The library, a private room the couple uses as an office, is part of

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tapestry on the sofa sets the tone for the room. “We wanted to select fabrics that were warm and dark to contrast the golden alder on the walls and ceiling,” Oliver says. The antique buffet to the right of the fireplace is French, circa 1880. The

dining room was built long and narrow, reminiscent of an Old English pub and complete with a pub-inspired table by Macrae that seats 14. In the kitchen, a large island anchors the space, while an 18th-century French walnut vaisselier houses a collection of antique toile plates used extensively for the parties the family hosts. As with every detail in the home, nothing is too precious for everyday use. A view of the river dominates the master bedroom, and intimate seating arrangements keep it cozy. The custom four-poster bed houses a hidden, pop-up television that doesn’t detract from the aged look of the interior. The master suite also houses an alder-paneled library upholstered with a mix of beautiful patterns and textures. “Mixing patterns can be very interesting and comforting if the proportions are considered and blended correctly,” Oliver explains. Even the books were selected not just for reading enjoyment, but also for aesthetic appeal—once again proving even the smallest detail brings life to this mountain home. 62

homeowner and her mother found the piece while traveling the world in

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search of rare and beautiful pieces. (above) The master bath is light, airy and distinctly feminine. The cabinetry is built in a thick, hand-crafted style reminiscent of a salvaged farm-

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McCoys Katherine and Michael McCoy, both renowned designers, find inspiration at their home in Buena Vista — and in each other. BY SALLY STICH

(left) The McCoys spend much of their time in the Arts and Crafts-inspired library with its touches of modernism: black metal railings and a black steel hood over the fireplace. Notice the brackets on the corners of the window frames. “This is our signature throughout the house,” Michael says. “Just as a print is bracketed, so are all our windows.” (above) Michael and Katherine McCoy enjoy the view of the Collegiate Peaks from their Buena Vista home.

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IN A QUIET MOUNTAIN GETAWAY OVERLOOKING THE Collegiate Peaks live Katherine and Michael McCoy, two of our era’s most influential designers. Their resumes are impressive: a stint as co-directors of the Design Department at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art for more than 20 years; co-winners of the Smithsonian’s National Design Mind Award; co-authors of Cranbrook Design: The New Discourse (Rizzoli). If that weren’t enough, Michael also designed Knoll’s tremendously popular Bulldog Chair. So it’s a bit surprising that these two creative minds are so remarkably down-to-earth. Maybe it’s their Michigan roots. Or their 42-year marriage. Or their deep-seated belief in the transformative power of great design. Probably it’s all of those things, along with a profound love of the natural world—the greatest design of all. Whatever the source, they are a couple in love with design, each other and the world around them.

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(above) Katherine’s collection of William Henry Jackson’s 19th-century frontier photos grace the wall in the library. “If I hadn’t been a graphic designer,” she says, “I think I would’ve been an historian. I’ve loved learning about—and collecting—the history of the Old West.” Vertical-grain fir paneling abuts bookcases filled with the McCoys’ collection of design books. Katherine’s collection of pueblo pottery adorns the top shelves. (above, right) The house, inspired by the area’s mining history and National Parks architecture, rises in sync with the landscape. The two green roofs mimic the peaks behind them.

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Their love story started at Michigan State University in the 1960s, where they met while studying industrial design; Katherine was the only woman in the program. “We collaborated on projects, we fell in love, we got married,” Katherine says. Adds Michael, “We still love designing together. It focuses our lives.” His first job was as a member of the team that designed the trains and seats for San Francisco’s BART system. He also worked on the Washington Metro and the first jumbo jet—the Lockheed widebody. Katherine, who’d gravitated to graphic design, was cutting her teeth at a design firm whose accounts included the Ford corporate identity. When Cranbrook Academy of Art, a premier graduate school of art, design and architecture in Michigan, offered the couple a job as co-directors of its Design Department, they jumped at the chance to be in academia (along with the ghosts of Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia, who also spent time at Cranbrook), with the freedom to pursue their own projects. During his time at Cranbrook, Michael began working with iconic furniture manufacturer Knoll, where he designed the ergonomically incomparable Bulldog Chair—which has since sold more than one million pieces. Working for Steelcase, he designed a line of healthcare furniture—the pieces seen in a hospital or doctor’s waiting room or in a clinic. “It’s not my most beautiful stuff,” he says, “but it was a good job.”

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(left) Michael’s goal for this table, part of the McCoy Collection, was to create legs that resemble figures dancing in space. (above) Paying homage to Josef Hoffman’s Fledermaus chair, the table uses a ball bearing as the connection among the four stainless legs.

An “aha” design moment came at Cranbrook when colleague Daniel Libeskind (the designer of the Denver Art Museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building) helped McCoy realize that, in a mass-produced world, he could also design limited-edition pieces. “In 1981, I created the Door Chair—10 of them—and recently an art gallery in Chicago called to tell me my work is now officially vintage,” he says, “since they were auctioning off one of my Door Chairs for an unbelievable sum.” The couple’s love of Colorado brought them to Buena Vista, where they bought land in 1972, camping there for 10 years during summer breaks. A 1,000-square-foot cabin followed, as did an addition and a studio. Their architectural inspiration? The harsh landscape and mining architecture. “We loved mining architecture for its way of creating civilization in an otherwise untamed environment,” Michael says. Arts and Crafts furniture—some original, some great reproductions—fill the house. The exterior is clad in redwood siding, because it ages beautifully in Colorado, turning the color of dark brown sugar. Katherine’s collections of 19th-century frontier photos, plus Pueblo and Arts and Crafts pottery, belie the couple’s modernist—and minimalist—sen-

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T H E I R F I V E FAV E S : W H E N I T C O M E S T O I C O N I C C H A I R S , T H E M C C OY S L O V E . . . Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair: “It’s a large chair,” Michael says, “but it’s not weighty. Space flows through its geometric lines.” Knoll through Design Within Reach.

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Mackintosh Ladder Back Chair: It’s a focus piece, a small piece with a strong vertical thrust. It looks great at the end of a hallway. Vitra Miniature collection available through Mod Livin’ in Denver.

Eames’ Potato Chip Chair: “Its organic curves reflect the body,” Katherine says, “and it’s comfortable and lively.” It also sits happily at any angle. Knoll through Design Within Reach.

Saarinen’s Womb Chair: “This is our favorite on every level,” Katherine says. Designed for Florence Knoll, it’s a modern version of an overstuffed chair without the stuffiness. Because of its generous surface, says Michael, it looks great with large-scale upholstery. Knoll through Design Within Reach.

Rietveld’s Red Blue Chair: The antithesis of a Victorian chair, this piece is “theoretical,” its lines and planes bypassing each other in space. Comfortable? No. But, as Michael says, you sit in some chairs and stare at others. Vitra Miniature collection available through Mod Livin’ in Denver.


(left) A woodtopped dining or conference table offers “portholes” through which to view the configuration of the legs from a different angle. (above) The McCoy sofa is a sexy marriage of glass and stainless steel. Covered in Knoll Luxe Mohair, the seat can be topped with colorful pillows—or the family dog.

“...and design, like life, is a mixture of humor, complexity, practicality and poetry.” sibilities. Their second Colorado home—a loft in Denver—is all Knoll and Eames, a stark contrast to their mountain retreat, says Katherine. But they love the dueling design sensibilities reflected in their lifestyle. Today, Michael is working on the McCoy Collection—limited-edition furniture pieces—along with his collaborator John Guse. (The pieces are sold at Alesso Modern Source in Denver.) He is also the Director of Professional Programs at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. And he and Katherine are deeply connected to the thriving, young design community in Denver. But it is in Buena Vista where the two designers find inspiration amid the Collegiate Peaks. They also find it in each other. “We communicate through design,” Michael says. “And design, like life, is a mixture of humor, complexity, practicality and poetry.”

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That may be bad news for the market, but it’s great news for buyers, says realtor Michael Slevin, Vice President of Prudential Colorado Properties. Great news, that is, if buyers were actually taking advantage of the (relative) rock-bottom prices. Citing data from the Vail Board of Realtors, Slevin says that in terms of volume, property sales in Vail for 2009 are the lowest they’ve been since 1992, when the board first started compiling data. The indication? Buyers are still gun-shy from the recession. “There will always be interest in our market,” says Slevin, pointing to the mountains, skiing and myriad other reasons why someone might want to buy in Vail. “The challenge right now is finding an equilibrium—a price that is low enough so that activity will increase again. Buyers are still feeling out where the bottom is.” Which is an entirely reasonable reaction, according to realtors like Carroll Tyler of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate. “Prices were too high to begin with,” she says. “We needed a price correction.” And therein lies the silver lining. Both Slevin and Tyler say now is the time to buy in Vail. There is a surplus of motivated sellers and a surplus of inventory. Plus, with three new-construction projects slated to hit the market in 2010—The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail; Four Seasons; and Solaris (see more info above)—buyers can demand more for less with Vail’s older properties. “Sellers in Vail today are realistic,” says Tyler. “There are some very good values to be found right now.” But it won’t last forever.

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custom furniture designer Tama´s Kova´cs Tam´as Kov´acs, who trained as an interior designer, opened his custom design and millwork workshop in Denver in 2001 with his twin brother Bence, an architect. The brothers set up shop to design furniture, cabinets, custom kitchens, restaurants and offices—under the name EliSons Workshop, in honor of their father Elem´er Kovacs, an esteemed architect in Budapest, Hungary. (Today, Tam´ as is the sole owner, with offices in Denver, Aspen and Budapest.) His role model? His father. “My shop is much like his,” he says, “which is where I learned to design, build and manage projects.” (Tam´ as also has a degree in interior design from the Art Institute of Colorado.) His goal: combine design, functionality and craftsmanship in every project. “Mass-produced cabinets or furniture often have two of those elements, but not all three,” he says. “I want my pieces to last a long time and be a joy to look at and use every day.” His favorite project? A jewelry armoire, designed in 2003 for a residential customer. This tall, sensuous cabinet on curvy legs is made of natural and ebony-stained cherry with black tempered-glass doors. Inspiration is everywhere for this designer. He recently spotted an old camera flash with a bulb in the center of folding metal sections. Opened, it looked like a satellite dish; closed, like a flower folding in on itself. “I saw the possibility of a chair, like a Papasan chair,” he says, “but more functional because it could be folded up and put away.”

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Kov´acs’ dream project is to design and build a cool hotel interior or high-end lounge, creating the “brand” of the space that’s carried through the whole project—the logo, the colors, the stationery, the matchbooks. “When you see a Philippe Starck-designed space,” he says, “you immediately understand its character. That’s what I’d love to do.” Not only does Kov´acs design for residential spaces, but he has also designed and built several public places. His work can be seen at Cucina Colore in Cherry Creek; the Robusto Room, a cigar bar and lounge in Lone Tree; Vin48, a wine bar in Avon; and the law offices of Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti in Avon. How does a European-trained designer differ from his American counterparts? “In Europe practically everything is custom designed and built,” he says. “I don’t think in terms of standard sizes and finishes.” But what about price? “I’ve designed pieces on par price-wise with furniture at Room and Board, but my quality was better,” he says. Still, there’s no denying that custom work can be a bit more expensive—but there’s also no middleman mark-up. Kov´ acs’ team does everything from the first sketch to the finished product. When Kov´acs talks about “Twist,” he’s referring to his new line of sofas and chairs (pictured above). Made of steel, acrylic and upholstery, these lightweight pieces offer great back support without being stiff. “Twist” refers to function: the armrest on these pieces can be twisted outward to allow more room to sit. —Sally Stich


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