There is nothing more beautiful than Aspen in the fall. Take a drive, hike or bike ride and experience Colorado’s spectacular fall foliage. You won’t see a more breathtaking view than when our aspens’ turn a vibrant shade of gold against the backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains.
We suggest heading to the Maroon Bells, one of the most photographed mountains in North America. Here you’ll witness 14,000-foot peaks reflected brilliantly in Maroon Lake. The month of October offers several musical events as well, such as John Denver Week beginning October 7th through the 16th in Downtown Aspen. The 2011 Roaring Fork Open will also be taking place at the Aspen Art Museum from October 21st through November 20th.
We feel so fortunate to live and work in Aspen, Colorado and are looking forward to the start of ski season!
Have you helped kickstart a new invention, idea or even a business? Kickstarter, the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world, has helped individuals do just that, and has raised over $75 million for more than 10,000 project. Kickstarter, in just over two years, has allowed artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, designers and future entrepreneurs to reach their dream by what has been dubbed “crowd-funding”. The New York Times recently wrote an article on this new phenomenon and refers to Kickstarter as “A new form of commerce and patronage. This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work.”
One of the best parts about funding though Kickstarter is its all or nothing mentality. If a project on Kickstarter doesn’t reach its funding goal before the time runs out then no money exchanges hands. Kickstarter says “This way, no one is expected to develop a project with an insufficient budget.”
It’s fall in Aspen and that means time for the annual Aspen Filmfest. The Aspen Filmfest is a five-day festival that introduces a variety of independent productions that “enlighten, enrich, educate and entertain through film.” Now in its 33rd year, the Aspen Filmfest is featuring 20 films including new releases, acclaimed documentaries and acclaimed titles that premiered at Cannes and Sundance. Yesterday the festival got off to a great start and we are looking forward to catching a film or two.
To check out the listings and films showing at Aspen Filmfest through September 25th visit www.aspenfilm.org. Aspen Film is a non-profit 501(c)(3) funded primarily by ticket sales, the Reel People membership program, and the generosity of individual contributions.
Tickets for general evening shows in Aspen are $15 each and $13 for Carbondale evening shows. All matinees shows, before 5 pm, are $10 each. Discounted rates are available for students and seniors.
A true sense of light and space was created in this master bath, through spatial relationships, lighting and materials. A soft glow illuminates the vanity through integrated lighting in the mirrors. Arctic Grey Polished Marble counters with sleek wall mounted faucets and undermounted sinks, meet the Walnut cabinets that close softly with stainless pulls.
Seemingly floating in the middle of the space is the glass and Arctic Grey Polished Marble shower. The designers chose varying tile sizes to complement the differing elements. With glass doors entering both sides of the shower, the steam shower includes rainheads and body spray technology. A marble bench was built into the glass and provides a visual separation between the shower and the rest of the room.
Surrounded by windows looking out to the adjacent patio, the bathtub stands alone in its marble surround. The wall mounted faucet is built into marble ledges, designed to frame the tub. This unique bath feature enforces the contemporary feel seen throughout the home. Pocket window shades create privacy. This home is currently listed for sale, and is available for further photography.
One of our favorite design challenges at Charles Cunniffe Architects is designing a home around an owner’s art collection. Since collections ebb and flow, designing art niches is a wonderful way to highlight a collection in the home. Intricate lighting, sun exposure and viewing angles are all studied in the process. Spending time designing for the collections truly pulls a home together and is yet another layer to high-end architecture.
Since its construction in 1872, 718 Fifth Avenue (now known as the Harry Winston Store) in New York City has undergone five major changes to its structure. Built by Charles Duggin, the New York Times writes “The corner house, at 718 Fifth Avenue, had elements rarely seen on garden-variety brownstones.” Unfortunately like many of these building constructed during this time, the facade has been altered beyond recognition.
Today, nearly 140 years later, the famous jeweler has hired PKSB once again to renovate this building. 718 Fifth is now being clean and restored to its full 1960s glory. To read more about this transformation read the New York Times An Architectural Barometer.