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Elsy Studios Designs YES Communities Headquarters in DTC

YES Communities

Elsy Studios Designs YES Communities Headquarters in DTC

by Mile High CRE

YES Communities

Elsy Studios, a Denver-based full-service commercial interior design firm recently completed the design of YES Communities’ new Denver headquarters in the Denver Tech Center. The growing company’s new digs will be home to its 130 Colorado-based employees.

The 35,000-square-foot office space sits on the top floor of the newly built 5050 S. Syracuse building in the Denver Tech Center.

A provider of innovative, affordable manufactured home communities, YES Communities has created distinct and inviting neighborhoods in 18 states across the U.S. The growing company’s new headquarters will be home to its 130 Colorado-based employees.

“People do their best work when they feel inspired and empowered,” said Elsy Studios principal Cathy Loftus. “That’s why our design of YES Communities headquarters focused on understanding what their team members needed and wanted from their space. We used that to inform a design that would foster a strong sense of community and embody the positive, empowering nature of their brand. We’re grateful for the collaborative partnership we developed with YES Communities and are eager for their employees to experience the space.”

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YES Communities

Designing for a YES Culture

YES Communities

Happy, inspired employees make all the difference in an organization’s success, and the work environment plays a huge part in that success story.

Our goal, for YES Communities new 35,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in the Denver Tech Center, was to create an environment that embodied their empowering culture and helped their team feel connected and supported so that they were able to do their best work.

YES Communities is one of the nation’s largest providers of affordable manufactured home communities. Working closely with their team to understand how they work and what drives them, we came up with a flexible, functional design inspired by YES Communities’ community-driven ethos.

We incorporated subtle nods, to their core business, by using the concept of the residential neighborhood for inspiration. One of our favorite areas is this collaboration space, which is anchored by a sculptural tree, complete with swings, that nod to neighborhood playgrounds.

YES Communities

Our goal was to draw employees into the office – a place where people could come for a little break or a more informal meeting. And just like we made friends as kids at the playground, this area is also intended to provide opportunities to build a sense of community for the team members at YES.

We’re over the moon with the results on this project and we can’t wait to see what YES Communities accomplishes in their new home.

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HYDER CONSTRUCTION WINS A MAYOR’S DESIGN AWARD!

HYDER CONSTRUCTION WINS
A MAYOR’S DESIGN AWARD!

by Lynn Coit

HYDER CONSTRUCTION WINS A MAYOR’S DESIGN AWARD!

The Elsy team is so excited to share that our adaptive reuse design for Hyder Construction won a 2019 Mayor’s Design Award in the ‘Back to the Future’ category!

Every year, the Mayor’s Design Awards recognizes an eclectic mix of projects throughout Denver for excellence in architecture, design and placemaking. This is a huge honor, and we are thrilled be recognized alongside our partners at Hyder and some of Denver’s most talented architects, designers and creatives.

We had so much fun celebrating all of the 2019 Mayor’s Design Awards winners at the ceremony last night!

HYDER CONSTRUCTION WINS A MAYOR’S DESIGN AWARD!
HYDER CONSTRUCTION WINS A MAYOR’S DESIGN AWARD!
And here’s a look behind the scenes look at our transformation of this dilapidated old warehouse into a gorgeous new HQ for the incredible team at Hyder Construction. For more on our design for the project, check out our blog posts during the design and construction here and here!

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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT – AXIS LIGHTING IN MONTREAL

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT – AXIS LIGHTING IN MONTREAL

by Carmen Schechinger

Every so often, Elsy designers have the opportunity to travel with manufacturers to experience their factory/showrooms to gain a better understanding of their company, products and capabilities.

I recently joined Visual Interest, a Colorado-based lighting manufacturer’s representative firm, on a visit to Montreal, Canada to experience Axis Lighting, a family-owned and operated factory that focuses on cutting-edge architectural LED light fixtures.

The weekend started with an all-day educational session where we learned about the precision, efficiency, and high-tech features of Axis Lighting’s products, capped off with a factory tour to see firsthand how it all comes together.

The most impressive part of the tour for me was how many people were working on the floor! This is definitely still a people-powered operation. The craftsmanship and attention to detail were evident everywhere you turned – from the handmade LED diode boards to the minimalist approach to packaging.

The rest of the weekend was spent enjoying Old Town Montreal, an area that is rich in history and architecture. I always believe that the best way to truly experience a city is on foot (preferably in comfortable shoes!), so we set out to explore the city on a walking tour. Montreal is a city with considerable French colonial history dating back to the 16th century. It began as a missionary settlement, but soon became a fur-trading center. Montreal’s location on the St. Lawrence River proved to be a major advantage in the city’s development as a transportation, manufacturing, and financial center.

Like most old cities, Montreal is built around a building of worship. In this case, it’s the impressive Notre-Dame Basilica. We had the opportunity on our visit to enjoy an immersive light and sound show that highlighted the impressive all-wood construction inspired by the Gothic Revival Architectural movement. The motifs painted on the ceiling and columns were just as impressive as the stained-glass windows and 7,000-pipe organ!

Another unique opportunity I had was touring the Habitat 67 property that was originally built for the 1967 World’s Fair. Montreal was chosen as the host city after Russia backed out. This created an opportunity for architect Moshe Safdie, who was just 24 years old at the time. He was called in to help master plan the project, but with some creative persuasion, he was able to design a permanent structure based off his master’s thesis project. This project aimed to redefine the design of multifamily housing, which at the time primarily consisted of tall skyscrapers with little connection to people or nature.

Built on a man-made peninsula, the project consists of 600-square-foot modules pieced together like LEGO bricks and cantilevered in various directions to give tenants individual views of Montreal and the St. Lawrence River. Seeing this project up close and learning more about the progressive concepts Moshe Safdie was considering so far ahead of their time was an experience I will never forget. Habitat 67 is still a functioning multi-family property filled with private residences and a community that is quite proud of the story behind their unique building.

To top the educational and inspiring weekend off, the group enjoyed dinner and fireworks along the St. Lawrence River. All in all, this was a memorable and inspiring experience and I’m grateful to the folks at Visual Interest and Axis Lighting for creating this learning opportunity!

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FINDING INSPIRATION IN THE DESERT

As designers at Elsy, we’ve developed a strong culture of continuous improvement. We’re always looking for ways to push ourselves to the next level – to learn more and seek out new ideas and inspiration. To that end, I recently had the honor of participating in the Knoll Upstart leadership program, which brings together design professionals once a month to explore various topics impacting the design industry.

The program culminated in an incredible trip to Palm Springs, California, for Modernism Week 2019. The event took place back in March, but it’s been such a busy spring and summer here at Elsy that I’m only now getting to sit down to reflect on my key takeaways.

Modernism Week celebrates and fosters appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in the greater Palm Springs area. Every year, Modernism Week gets bigger and bigger, and after attending this year, I can we can see why.

Our Knoll Upstart crew enjoyed a packed weekend that included an evening bus tour of the city, a trip to the featured show house, which was the result of a collaboration between many designers, a first-ever tour of a restored 1955 desert mid-modern home, and we topped it all off with a fascinating keynote presentation.

My biggest takeaways from the trip were:

  1. It’s all about the details! I was wowed by every space we toured, but ultimately what I noticed the most – and what was most compelling to hear about – were the details. Great spaces truly are made in the details.
  2. The importance of a cohesive design concept or theme. Whether it came from the landscape architect, building architect, or interiors – when everyone was working to serve a common theme or the design goal, the results were exceptional.
  3. The power of a supportive, creative network. One of my most valuable takeaways from the program was having this group of like-minded designers who were not only inspiring, but incredibly supportive of one another. They were so easy to relate to, and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations, which helped me envision news ways to push the envelope of design. A huge thank you to Knoll for putting this group of incredible women together!

Here’s a quick peek at our Modernism Week adventures!

I absolutely love the way this bold graphic and green chair fill the room with energy.

This mid-mod home’s exterior is so stunning. Also, how amazing are those cacti!? And how does one decide what bold color to paint your front door in Palm Springs?!

The group also had the rare opportunity to step inside the “Forgotten Frey” home, which was just recently opened to the public for Modernism Week. This residence is one of the many mid-century marvels designed by legendary modernist architect Albert Frey and built during his decades in the desert. This modernist gem has been methodically preserved and maintained over the years, and I love how this uniquely designed home perfectly integrates into its surroundings. A detail that was first and foremost in Frey’s design concept: not interrupting the surrounding area, which at the time, was predominantly desert (not the nearby bustling city)

Stepping inside the “Forgotten Frey” home was truly an unforgettable experience. And these antique accents (not to mention the classic Knoll pieces) looked lovely in the home.

The keynote speaker, architect Moshe Safdie, truly takes “thinking outside of the box” to a whole new level. This famous building is featured in the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” What famous buildings have you noticed in movies?

What a treat to hear the story behind Habitat 67 from architect Moshe Safdie himself! At a young age of 24, he was selected to build the permanent structure for the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal. If you look a closely, you’ll see concepts from this building featured in well-planned multi-family projects today

Check out my blog post where I had the opportunity to see his project with my own eyes in Montreal.

It was such a privilege to participate in this year’s Knoll Upstart program. I know the lessons and experiences I took from this program have already made me a stronger designer, and I can’t wait to bring some of this new insight to our Elsy projects!

And in even more exciting news, we are honored to participate in the group again and this year! Senior Project Manager Juliana Rini is participating in this year’s program! Stay tuned to hear more about her journey.

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TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO

TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO

TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO

by Lynn Coit

TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO

Boho is back. Five years ago, this statement would have applied to a millennial’s apartment or maybe a trendy hotel, but you would have been hard pressed to find it applied to a corporate office. And yet, here we are! Check out this gorgeous palette for a project we just completed for Adswerve, a marketing technology company, for their new offices at 999 18th St. in downtown Denver. Some definite bohemian influences, no?

So how did we get here?

Trends in hospitality and residential design have been finding their way into office design for several years now. Here’s why:

  1. Our expectations for the work environment have changed.
    As technology has enabled us to work virtually anywhere, it’s only natural we all want our workplace to feel as comfortable as our home office. From the perspective of employers, enticing workers to elect to come into the office and collaborate instead of telecommuting means giving them a space that makes them want to come to work. As a result, we’ve seen the birth of the “resimercial” spaces that offer many of the comforts of home – cozy furniture, high-end residential-style kitchens and showers – popping up in office design.
  2. Employers are recognizing workplace design as a competitive differentiator.
    As the economy has grown, competition for top talent is fierce, particularly here in Colorado where our unemployment is below the national average at just 3.5 percent as of March 2019. Historically, trends in design tend to trickle more slowly into the workplace, but in an environment where standing out is a key strategy in attraction and retention, corporate clients are more eager to push the envelope to appeal to experience-minded millennials who are looking for more from their office environment than a place to work – they’re looking for a sense of place. And with millennials set to make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce by 2020, these preferences matter now more than ever.
TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO
TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO

Why Boho?

Right now in the design world, we’re seeing a focus on trends that influenced the aesthetic of the ‘70s. From retro logos, to colors and silhouettes in fashion, to interior design.

The multi-dimensional, highly textured and richly colored nature of a Boho-influenced design can wordlessly convey a fun, relaxed sensibility that appeals to a broad range of employees.

That doesn’t mean we’re bringing out the orange shag carpets and lava lamps. As with any trend, it’s important to interpret it with a fresh eye and a strong sense of your company’s brand, culture and goals.

A Modern Take

When creating Adswerve’s space, for example, we wanted to ensure it felt professional, but also a bit playful, with a Boho vibe that reflected their culture and brand personality.

The design we landed on served to soften the standard ‘tech company’ aesthetic and reinforce the uniqueness of Adswerve’s culture. Weaving together bright colors and ‘worn’-looking textures (rough sawn, reclaimed wood and cork board walls), we used a neutral base to ground the scheme.

Stay tuned for more photos of Adswerve’s space! We can’t wait to show you the finished product.

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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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HYDER CONSTRUCTION REVEAL!

HYDER CONSTRUCTION REVEAL!

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!

HYDER CONSTRUCTION REVEAL!
HYDER CONSTRUCTION REVEAL!

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.

Both the Hyder and Elsy teams were thrilled with the result!

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MEET ELSY’S NEWEST TEAM MEMBER, NATALIE SKRAMSTAD!

MEET ELSY’S NEWEST TEAM MEMBER, NATALIE SKRAMSTAD!

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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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.

Liberty Media: Use of a plant wall and natural stone and wood finishes creates an indoor ‘outdoor space’ with playful furniture and gathering areas that connect people back to nature.

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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