get the word on Denver Design Week 2021

Denver Design Week brings together the area’s top creative minds from a variety of disciplines, including architecture, lighting, interior design and more. Focusing on elevating Denver’s creative industry, Denver Design Week is a seven-day series of events that celebrate the region’s best in design. After going fully digital in 2020, Denver Design Week is reopening its doors to host programs in art galleries, colleges and local businesses. Below is a curated schedule of events we’re excited about attending — click here to view the full schedule and create your own design-forward itinerary.

// The Impact of Architecture in Real Estate: A Conversation with milehimodern + Semple Brown //

Friday, October 22nd – 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

When designing the LoHi showcase gallery for milehimodern, an emphasis on artistic value needed to be communicated in an instant for clients visiting the space. Semple Brown, local architecture and interior design firm, took the challenge in stride by crafting a space that blurs the line between an art gallery and a functional office. Join us for bites, a tour and a Q+A with lead designer, Haily Tweedie and owner of milehimodern, Carmelo Paglialunga. Get tickets here.

// The Story of Scent: How to Incorporate the Olfactory into Experiential Design Presented by Scentex //

Monday, October 18th – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m

Humans experience the world through sensory receptors: scent is a powerful and protective sense that evokes memories and emotions and helps us to navigate the world. Designers, event planners, architects, and other experience creators typically limit their focus to two or three, and at most four, of our senses. Sight, sound, touch, and taste get a lot of attention. In design, much importance is placed on creating immersive environments, but can we truly succeed in doing so without addressing our olfactory? Olfactive stimulation can heighten the moment, increase awareness, change the mood, and make spaces unforgettable. Learn why and how scent should be considered and strategically utilized in spatial and experience design. Get tickets here.

// Designing with Front Range Native Plants Presented by Colorado State University //

Tuesday, October 19th – 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Front Range of Colorado provides ample opportunity to design landscapes with native plants that can handle our varied soils, low amounts of natural precipitation and often unpredictable weather patterns. People think that if they take the plunge into the native plant world it’s all or nothing. Not so. You can incorporate natives into your existing plant palettes with ease and they will prove to be an excellent addition to your landscape design. We will be highlighting some of the best native plants to try out in your landscape and we’ll provide example landscape designs and cover their growing requirements along with fun plant combinations. Get tickets here.

// Housing as Infrastructure: Building Equitable & Resilient Communities Presented by Studio Completiva //

Wednesday, October 20th – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Infrastructure is a trending topic encompassing fundamental systems like transportation, broadband telecommunications, and clean energy. These systems improve quality of life and enable communities to thrive. What if we considered equitable access to housing to be a necessary part of infrastructure? As the eviction moratorium comes to an end, the nation will no doubt see a rise in its unsheltered population. Join this discussion and explore how a simple shift in the way we think about housing could combat not only homelessness, but also climate change, social and economic equity, and other critical issues. Get tickets here.

// Made to Fit: Why We Love Custom Design presented by Halax Co //

Thursday, October 21st – 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Custom design is shaping the interior design world in both residential and commercial spaces, as more and more clients are demanding specialization, material transparency, and high-end finish work. This discussion will explain why custom design is on the rise and how collaborating with local designers and tradespeople can allow the final product to exceed clients’ expectations. Get tickets here.

// Off the Wall: Jason Thielke’s Urban Mural Works Presented by Eliana Chioetto //

Friday, October 22nd – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Contemporary artists play a critical role in the texture of civic life and the creation of the built environment. Join local artist Jason Thielke, known for his expressive, drawing-based figurative work, for an exclusive viewing of his recently completed private courtyard mural. Thielke will discuss his creative process, show original artworks, give a block printing demonstration, and host an informal Q&A. The event will also include a limited edition print release and giveaway. Get tickets here.

// The Missing Middle: Creating More Attainable Housing at Berkley Shores + Hard Hat Tour presented by KGA Studio Architects //

Saturday, October 23rd – 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Visit Berkley Shores for a hard hat tour and an inside look at how building and land costs are impacting design. We’ll discuss the importance of missing middle housing (a diverse assortment of new housing options that fall between single-family homes and large condo buildings) and how this design approach addresses issues of affordability in Denver. In this discussion the builder/developer and architect of the 89 homes being built in the Berkley Shores neighborhood will explain what is being done to solve for the lack of attainable housing in Colorado, and how different design solutions, like missing middle housing, can help. Following the discussion there will be a hard hat tour of the urban infill community and a chance to see the various home types at different stages of construction, from sitework to move-in ready. Get tickets here.

// Play for All: RiNo ArtPark and Creative Placemaking for Healthy Communities Presented by RiNo Art District //

Sunday, October 24th – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The RiNo ArtPark is a creative hub in the Five Points neighborhood designed to spark innovation and bring people together. Nestled within open green space at 35th and Arkins, and connected to the South Platte River, ArtPark explores intersections of nature, recreation, and culture. RiNo ArtPark’s mission is to create a dynamic park space dedicated to creative expression for all, focusing on access, education, collaboration, culture, community, and nature. ArtPark’s partners make the space come alive: RiNo Art District, the City of Denver, Denver Parks and Recreation, Denver Public Library, The Denver Zine Library, RedLine Contemporary Art Center, and Cocua (Focus Points Family Resource Center’s Community Culinary Accelerator).

Attendees will tour the renovated RiNo Art District ArtPark buildings and learn how the design and advocacy process for creating this park inspired ArtPark’s mission, programming, and partnerships. Get tickets here.