Featured Work: Hits and B-Sides
MODERN IN DENVER | WINTER 2016
Of all the metrics that define our lives — the spatial dimensions of homes, our fluctuating body weight, and so on — none is as elusive, or as powerful, as time. We use it not only to measure the intervals between meetings or birthdays, but also as a guiding force that helps shape and define our day-to-day existence.
In fact, time has become such an integral part of our lives that it now registers as more than a metric; it’s an entity unto itself. We think of days, seasons, and years not as units of measurement, but as the sum of every moment and milestone that occurs within their boundaries.
PROFILE | ART DISTRICT ON SANTA FE
By virtually any traditional metric, Knotty Tie Company is a success. Since launching in 2013, the Lincoln Park-based purveyor of custom-made ties, scarves, and pocket squares has enjoyed soaring revenues, a growing staff, and the move to bigger facilities. Earlier this year there were visits from presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.
But there is another, less conventional metric that may be even more significant: They have the best lunch hour for miles. If that seems an odd way to measure success, it is. Wonderfully so.
MODERN IN DENVER COVER STORY | FALL 2016
During the course of a cadet’s four years at the United States Air Force Academy, he or she experiences roughly 160 hours of applied character and leadership training. In years past, that work took place in as many as 10 different venues, including off-site locations in downtown Colorado Springs. Bringing it all under one roof required volumes of practical functionality.
For design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, creating something aesthetically beautiful without compromising the surrounding environment required a thorough understanding of virtually all aspects of academy life—not to mention a meticulous and artful attention to detail. Up, up, and away.
Gloria Stahl is a giver. She's served in leadership roles all over town, from the PTA to the neighborhood Bunko Club. Her qualifications for the Avalon Hills Country Club are impeccable. So why is an old friend stonewalling her?
A blackly comic story in four parts.
MODERN IN DENVER COVER STORY | SUMMER 2016
The building rests along a stretch of South Broadway in Englewood, an unassuming but iconic structure—part of the landscape’s fabric after so many decades but still as eye-catching as the day it first appeared. The raw dimensions tell a muted version of the story: two floors, 32 feet of total height, and 10,000 square feet of interior space. More immediately visible are the dramatic flourishes: its asymmetrical ovoid shape punctuated by three distinct openings in the upper body, including a two-story niche that houses the main entrance.
To the uninitiated passerby, the whole thing looks a little like a spaceship. But much like the man who designed it, the Key Savings and Loan Association building is immeasurably more than the sum of its eclectic parts.
MODERN IN DENVER | SPRING 2016
They come from all over, young adventure seekers drawn to Colorado rural mountain terrain as if by gravity. Each June they load their vehicles with oversized Rubbermaids holding most of their worldly possessions and set out for a summer of non-stop teaching, learning, and leading.
They'll face untold hardships as they guide students and adults through rugged outdoor courses lasting anywhere from eight to 81 days, but the challenge is part of the appeal. For instructors at Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS), the hardships only make it more worthwhile.
MODERN IN DENVER COVER STORY | FALL 2015
There were holes in the ceiling, but that wasn't nearly the worst of it. Cabinets were torn away, and much of the house was down to the studs. It needed all new electrical. New plumbing. New heater. New air conditioner.
The former owner pulled down walls and roof beams, which exposed -- to the horror of all involved -- a sagging joist spanning 25 feet or more, help up at either end by two-by-eight boards, which might plausibly have dated to the Eisenhower administration.
MODERN IN DENVER | SUMMER 2015
First things first: Find yourself a reputable biological supply company and place an order for one million maggots. Delivery will take a few days—it’s probably a good idea to spring for tracking and insurance on this one—and while you’re waiting, get to work building contraptions to house these maggots once they become flies.
You’ll need straight wood (poplar is good) and some tropical hardwood fiberboard called luan, used in everything from boats to dollhouses. The contraptions take about three days, start to finish. Then it’s time to make something uniquely, paradoxically beautiful.