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ELSY FEATURES ‘SPLIT PERSONALITIES’ AT PRÊT-À-PORTER 2019!

ELSY FEATURES ‘SPLIT PERSONALITIES’ AT PRÊT-À-PORTER 2019!

ELSY FEATURES ‘SPLIT PERSONALITIES’ AT PRÊT-À-PORTER 2019!

by Lynn Coit

ELSY FEATURES ‘SPLIT PERSONALITIES’ AT PRÊT-À-PORTER 2019!
ELSY FEATURES ‘SPLIT PERSONALITIES’ AT PRÊT-À-PORTER 2019!

Every two years, our team at Elsy Studios eagerly awaits the Prêt-à-Porter fashion show put on by the IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter. For this event, design teams partner with manufacturers to showcase products in unique (and fashionable!) ways.


This year, Prêt-à-Porter’s theme was ‘color-blocking,’ a challenge we enthusiastically accepted, designing a ‘split personality’ dress with our partners at Koroseal. Drawing on the concept of ‘two sides to every story,’ this dress is meant to express the contrasting sides of our personalities that we show depending on the situation. For example, we could be shy at work, but outgoing at home.

To visually convey these dual sides of our personality, we chose a striking black-and-white palette to create a bold interpretation of color-blocking with hints of varied textures from Koroseal wallcoverings. The dress (and our stunning model, Elsy Interior Designer Sam Ward!) depicted a ‘soft and sweet’ side juxtaposed against a ‘bold and edgy’ side.

ELSY FEATURES ‘SPLIT PERSONALITIES’ AT PRÊT-À-PORTER 2019!

Mark Cheeks, our in-house cobbler, embellished this simple pair of black heels with matching wallcovering. The design mimics the dress flawlessly – subtle in the front, with blue metallic on the back for a pop!

The look was accomplished with a combination of textured wallcoverings including shimmery rosettes, black-and-white metallics, blue metallics and matte black with tight pleats.

We have to say, we’re pretty proud of the results!

It was so much fun to participate in this year’s Prêt-à-Porter. As a design studio, we’re always seeking out new ideas and sources of inspiration, and this year’s event delivered in a big way. Congratulations to all the design studios and manufacturers who participated in this year’s event and a big thank you to the IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter for putting so much time and effort into celebrating the creative work of Denver’s passionate design community.

ELSY FEATURES ‘SPLIT PERSONALITIES’ AT PRÊT-À-PORTER 2019!

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by Lynn Coit

There’s nothing we love more than a big reveal. Who doesn’t love to see a fixer-upper transformed? Late last year, we told you all about an adaptive reuse project we were working on in Denver. We’re excited to share that the project is now complete, and Hyder Construction has moved into its new headquarters!

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As you might recall, the building was in rough shape when Hyder acquired it from Amick Storage. Low ceilings, maze-like corridors, top-heavy columns and dark stairwells gave the space a less-than-welcoming feel. Ok, it was downright spooky.But from the moment we started this journey with Hyder, it was clear they had a vision for the building’s potential. Together, we collaborated on the design and construction to create a space that supports Hyder’s culture, celebrates their craft and preserves the unique sense of place that comes with working in a historic building.Connection was a big theme on this project – connecting team members across floors, supporting connections to nature and the urban environment, connecting employees to the Hyder brand, and connecting the building’s past to its present.

HYDER CONSTRUCTION REVEAL!

We added a large, beautiful open stair to provide the physical connection between floors, positioning it with the best view to connect employees to nature and encourage use throughout the day.

We also kept a number of rugged mainstays original to the building, such as the exposed brick and ghost signs from legacy businesses that told a story of industry that resonated strongly with Hyder’s culture.

We intentionally showed off new and historic construction techniques in the design, subtly reinforcing Hyder’s trade, and pulled all those diverse elements together with a cohesive color palette, finishes, soffit detail and decorative light fixtures repeated throughout.

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by Elsy Studios

Natalie Skramstad Interior Designer

We are thrilled to welcome Natalie Skramstad to our interior design team this month! Natalie joins Elsy Studios with an extensive background in design, project management and client service.

In her previous position, Natalie primarily focused on interior design for multifamily communities and model homes. During her time there, she honed her craft while developing floorplans and elevations for furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) presentation packages.

We saw tremendous value in Natalie’s journey to Elsy. For a while now, we’ve been seeing the lines between commercial, residential and hospitality design blurring. This is due, in part, to shifts in the way we live and work.

According to a study by the New York Times, 43% of employed Americans work from home at least part of the time, driving a shift in the way both homes and workspaces are designed. Additionally, in a tight labor market, companies are using the design of their offices to attract and keep top talent. The space has to feel special – memorable.

In our work with clients across industries – from forward-thinking tech companies to more traditional law and accounting offices – we’re seeing this desire for blended space design. Happily, that’s exactly the experience Natalie brings to our team.

“I’ve always seen the role of interior designer as an opportunity to create unique experiences, and I believe that applies across project types, whether it’s a model home, an office space or a new hotel,” Natalie told us. “I was drawn to Elsy because of the care this team clearly puts into making sure each space is a true reflection of that client’s wants and needs. They take the time to think through every aspect of the experience, and it shows in the end result. I’m excited to grow my creativity in this environment!”

We look forward to adding Natalie’s perspective and expertise to our commercial client teams!

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LOOK OUTSIDE FOR INSPIRATION INSIDE

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Earth Day is a good reminder to all of us to consider our impact on and our connection to our planet and to nature. As designers, not only do we have a responsibility to create spaces that are good for people – that inspire, and support health and happiness – we also have a responsibility to consider the legacy our designs leave. That can take many forms – from using more sustainable or recycled materials to bringing natural elements into the design to provide people with stronger connections to nature.

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Camp BowWow: Sustainable wood and animal-friendly (low VOC/non-toxic) finishes allow two- and four-legged clients to utilize the space to its fullest and bring the animal element of nature indoors.

Solidifi, a Real Matters Company: Wide open vistas allow for uninterrupted views of the outdoors while an art piece by a local artist/photographer highlights the native aspen trees, further pulling nature inside in an unobtrusive yet enveloping way.

Camp BowWow: Sustainable wood and animal-friendly (low VOC/non-toxic) finishes allow two- and four-legged clients to utilize the space to its fullest and bring the animal element of nature indoors.

Looking Ahead

As we continue to consider our impact, it’s important that the design industry take a leadership role in advancing conversations on materials, waste and the adaptability of the designs we create (e.g., it’s more sustainable to create spaces that can adapt without demolition). It’s one more reason why good design is so crucial – it tends to last.

We’re also encouraged to see an increased focus on design that takes its cues from nature. Nature is good for us, and by consciously including natural elements in our interior design – known as biophilic design – we can help people reconnect with those benefits.

Nature is also a great teacher. With biomimicry we’re seeing incredible potential as technology and design converge to bring about innovation by drawing inspiration from biological and natural components and processes. The approach can be seen everywhere from the tech industry to building products, architecture to fashion.

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER?

Inspirato lounge, a commercial interior design portfolio project from Elsy

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by Carmen Schechinger

When people think of interior design, they often think about picking out paint colors, or selecting furniture and artwork. The truth is, there’s a great deal more to the profession, and it takes more than a business card to call yourself an interior designer. Education, a certain level of experience – there’s even a test!

The common misconceptions about the role of an interior designer recently led the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) to release an updated definition of interior design to further clarify what the profession actually entails.

Under the updated definition, professional interior designers are distinguished by their successful fulfillment of several criteria including:

  • Education – Majority have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in interior design or interior architecture.
  • Experience – Minimum two years practice in the field.
  • Examination – NCIDQ Examination and Certification, which includes verifying competent application of building systems, codes and construction standards.

So why does it matter how we define what we do?

Well, Denver is changing – fast. Our growing economy and booming population have driven a massive surge in construction as businesses relocate or expand. With so many companies looking at the investment of building an office space that will attract and retain employees, there is greater demand for qualified professional consultants to help them get their space right. The aesthetic of the Mile High City is being shaped every day, so the design of these interior spaces matters.

Good design is about more than how a space looks. It’s also about how it works. A qualified interior design team should make sure the design is as smart as it is beautiful. That it supports the health, safety, wellbeing and productivity of building occupants as well as enhances the human experience. That the space is compliant with building codes (of which there are many) and that it makes sense in the context of the building’s architecture.

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Shared Service Center, an Elsy Studios Commercial Interior Design portfolio project

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Broomfield, Colorado

11,883 SF

Corporate Office Remodel

Industry: Financial

HIGH-END DESIGN MEETS FUNCTIONALITY IN A GRACIOUS OFFICE DESIGN

Elsy Studios gave this award-winning space the luxury, hospitality-influenced aesthetic they sought without ever compromising practicality and productivity.

Chevron wood doors, a sculptural faceted ‘concierge’ desk and an elegant color palette are punctuated by strategic pops of color throughout the space. Picture-frame windows looking into each office create an architectural backdrop for luxe-inspired accessories that create a welcoming and gracious environment for team members.

Thoughtfully curated artwork further fosters a sense of belonging for employees. A 26-foot-long floral art installation on the lobby ceiling serves as the focal point of the space, welcoming guests. The installation was so striking, it won the 2017 ASID Crystal award for a Custom Design Element.

To minimize noise in the open plan, Elsy utilized Whisper Wall panels in the conference rooms, felt wallcoverings and upholstery in the living rooms, and an extra acoustical barrier between the tenant spaces. The result is a work environment that seamlessly blends quiet zones for individual work, cozy living rooms for collaborative work and chic lounge space for socializing.

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SOLIDIFI, A REAL MATTERS COMPANY

Solidifi, an Elsy Studios Commercial Interior Design Project in Denver, Colorado

SOLIDIFI, A REAL MATTERS COMPANY

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Denver,Colorado       

12,130 SF

Corporate Office Remodel

Industry: Residential Real Estate 

REINVENTING A HISTORIC INDUSTRIAL SPACE FOR A NEW GENERATION

Solidifi, a Real Matters Company, is a leading independent provider of valuation and closing services supporting residential real estate mortgage services. They needed a highly adaptable next-generation space that would support their high-tech needs and accommodate future growth.

This office space is located in the historic Dodge Brothers Showroom, commonly referred to as the ‘Ballet Building,’ on the corner of Lincoln and 13th Street. Designed in 1919, the building features large perimeter windows, which we emphasized to maximize views of the city and access to natural light.

The interior space features an open, flexible concept with dynamic and multi-leveled lighting optimized for both collaboration and quiet, heads-down work. The high, open ceilings showcase the existing historical concrete structure with sleek, low-profile light fixtures. By streamlining the data cables, electrical conduit and fire systems, we were able to meet the tech company’s needs without detracting focus from the architectural beauty of the building.

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Life Line Financial Group

Life Line Financial Group, an Elsy Studios Commercial Interior Design Project

LIFE LINE FINANCIAL GROUP

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CREATING A HIGH-END WORKPLACE WITH CREATIVE MATERIALS AND DISTINCTIVE DESIGN

When Life Line Financial Group came to Elsy Studios, they had a dream of moving their family financial company from the overcrowded Los Angeles business district to the booming and family-friendly Denver Metro Area. After carefully evaluating high-rise buildings in Downtown Denver, they found a perfect fit in a newly constructed building in Denver’s highly desirable Cherry Creek neighborhood.

Elsy collaborated with the building architect to create a new office space that helped Life Line stand apart from their competitors with a design that is a true reflection of this company’s close-knit, familial culture Creative use of materials, such as a unique carpet layout, abstract wallcoverings and homey accessories achieved the high-end feel they sought without breaking the bank.

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NetApp

NetApp, an Elsy Studios Commercial Interior Design portfolio project in Denver, Colorado

NetApp

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USING DESIGN TO UNIFY A TECH COMPANY’S CULTURE

This project is a wonderful example of the power of flexibility and collaboration. Elsy Studios was initially hired to create a new office space for SolidFire – a longtime client of our firm. Halfway through the project, SolidFire was acquired by NetApp. As a result of the acquisition, the design had to be quickly reworked to incorporate the new branding and company standards. Just as importantly, the design had to blend the two cultures and generate excitement for the shared future of this growing company.

Securing a prime Pearl Street location in Boulder meant employees were split between two buildings connected by a covered walkway. We created an interconnecting stair and large opening to connect the floors within each building. We then strategically placed a single beautiful breakroom for the 67,000-square-foot space in an area that would draw employees from all corners of the buildings together to enjoy snacks, games, two kegs and an unbeatable view of the Flatirons from an adjacent patio.

Work stations are spread throughout an open floor plan with ample conference spaces and phone booths to accommodate meetings and heads-down work. A 65-person bleacher seating area at the foot of the stairs serves as an energetic home base for all-hands meetings.

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Miles Marketing

Miles Marketing, a professional services interior design portfolio project from Elsy Studios

Miles Marketing

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Interior Remodel

Industry: Professional Services 

OPTIMIZING DESIGN TO CREATE A BIG IMPACT ON A BUDGET

A small budget does not have to equal a small design impact; it just means you have to be creative and selective. That is exactly what Elsy Studios did when we were hired by Miles Marketing to design their new office space.

Miles Marketing focuses exclusively on travel and tourism marketing. They wanted a space that reflected their fun culture and love of travel. New sit-to-stand workstations were grouped in quadrants divided by a variety of conference rooms and open huddle spaces, allowing employees to easily find a place for quick collaboration, or more formal spaces for longer, focused meetings. Custom travel-inspired graphics are visible throughout the space, creating a vibrant backdrop and reinforcing the client’s branding.

The large break room can be opened up completely to the main conference room, providing an opportunity for all 80 employees to sit in one room for the monthly all-hands staff meetings. With their energetic new space, the Miles Marketing team and culture are thriving.

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Programming, Test Fits, Pricing Plans, Space Planning, Schematic Design, Design Development, Art/Branding and Signage, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Furniture Selection, Finish Selection