East Hampton House Tour This Saturday

Step inside five extraordinary homes this Saturday, December 3rd, for the 27th annual East Hampton House Tour, an annual fundraiser for the East Hampton Historical Society. Whether you appreciate the clean lines of a contemporary style home or are more of a traditionalist, there is something for every design aficionado on the tour.

According to Interior Design magazine, “The East Hampton Historical Society will open five houses for tours, displaying these models of the best historic and modern architecture in the Hamptons. This year two additional historic homes will be on display, both built at the-turn-of-the century. One is a unique home on historic Huntting Lane and is an important symbol of local history, and the other is shingle style home located in the affluent Georgica Beach area.”

Photo via New York Times.

Tickets are available, starting at $65, at the East Hampton History Society office at 101 Main Street. For more information please call 631-324-6850. Admission to the opening-night cocktail party on Friday, which will be held in an 1891 Queen Anne-style home designed by the architect William B. Tuthill, starts at $150.

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Giving Thanks This Holiday Season

At this time of year, we take time to remember those we are thankful for. We would like to thank our tremendously talented, driven, and dedicated team for making Charles Cunniffe Architects what it is today. For all those who have worked with us in the past, we also reach to you as well. With 30 years behind us, many have contributed to our success, and for that we give thanks!

What are you thankful for this holiday season?

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CCA Architect Shines at Aspen Art Museum Exhibit

What does America mean to you? That question was answered by 125 local artists including our very own, Eric Wood. Eric’s post-consumer recycled art piece titled “New/Old America” was created from cardboard, wood and plastics. His goal was to use as many recycled pieces as possible; items that would have been used and discarded in landfills. A majority of the materials utilized were from the architecture, engineering and construction industry which produces 45% of waste in today’s landfills. By incorporating post-consumer objects in art, Eric is giving them a second purpose, minimizing waste and hopefully inspiring others to recycle their trash, whether through conventional methods or in art form.

For more on the Roaring Fork Open Exhibition please visit www.aspenartmuseum.org.

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The Incredible Melting Chair

We love this chair! The Melting Chair, with its stunning looks, is one of the most unique chairs ever made. Peculiar in looks and build, the Melting Chair has a design that mirrors everything around it and adds a unique deformed vision to them.

The chair has been made after a detailed study on how real objects melt. The outcome of an innovative idea from designer Philipp Aduatz, the chair’s mirrors will make it difficult for the owner to find an apt place to keep it! That also means its real beauty will come to the fore only when it is kept in a place with elegant surroundings.

Aduatz’s Melthing Chair is made of scratch-resistant polyurethane lacquer with a special silver coating and captures a transient transformation within a sculptural object. The designer is said to have studied the solidification of fluids, the melting of solids and also modern 3D animation software to give the new chair a surrealistic look. Go ahead and grab it now as the chair is being offered online in limited numbers.

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High Drama in the High Country

We wanted to thank Colorado Homes & Lifestyles for featuring our Little Nell Residence in their November/December issue. Our Little Nell Residence was highlighted in an eight page spread title “High Drama in the High Country.”

Our own Charles Cunniffe, who was interviewed for the article, told Colorado Homes that “The intent was for the house to be sculptural in form—a kind of regional modernism.” Colorado Homes goes on to write that “He met the challenge with a lyrical design that moves seamlessly among three levels and connects to the outdoors with floor-to-ceiling windows and 2,000 square feet of decks and patios.”

Elements of the Colorado vernacular are evident in the generous use of native stone, metal and wood, as well as exposed timber rafters and large overhangs that provide sun shading. “The modern elements are the overall forms—flat roofs yielding to curves on the exterior and creating open spaces inside,” Cunniffe says. “The curve adds a little elegance to what otherwise would be a flat roof.”

We wanted to give a special thanks to Nancy Richman Milligan, who wrote the great article, and photographer Steve Mundinger, who so beautifully captured our Little Nell Residence.

To read the article in its entirety please visit: coloradohomesmag.com/article/high-drama-high-country

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Conservation Taking Flight

Recently, 3 private planes took off from the famed Aspen Airport. The mission: educate students on the conservation issues facing national parks in the Southwest as part of EcoFlight’s Flight Across America. Our friend Bruce Gordon, the founder and chief pilot of EcoFlight, started the Aspen-based non-profit in 2002 providing an aerial perspective on environmental issues and threats. Policy makers, conservation groups, the media and young adults are flown throughout the West so that they can see the impact, or potential impact, that man’s activities have on the landscape. “We spend 85 percent of our time flying political decision-makers, media representatives and concerned citizens, but I feel so strongly that the future is really in our youth,” said Gordon.

Gordon, also a pilot for the program, said he hopes to inspire young leaders and have them share their optimism with their peers. He said it is the young who have to face tomorrow’s environmental problems.

“We need to get more young people involved to really have a voice,” Gordon said. “We really try to educate and to advocate for the environment.”


To learn more about EcoFlight visit their website at www.ecoflight.info.

Source: Aspen Times

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Check out Theatre Aspen’s Winter Line-up

As a supporter of the arts here in Aspen, Colorado we are proud to support our local theater, Theatre Aspen. This winter Aspen Theatre has a range of shows to suit any age bracket. From the inspiring story of orphan Annie, who even through all her trials and tribulations believed that “The sun will come out tomorrow” to one of the longest running musicals in Off-Broadway’s history, Little Shop of Horrors.

One of the highlights of the season has to be Life in a Marital Institution (20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour), starring James Braly. The New York Times reported that “James Braly is never less than excellent…”. How is that for an endorsement.

To see the complete Theatre Aspen’s complete winter line-up dates visit www.theatreaspen.org.

Which show are you most excited about this season?

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Charles Cunniffe Architects & Mountain Builders Recognized

Charles Cunniffe Architects and Mountain Builders Inc. were recognized by Housing Colorado for their design & build efforts in the Gold Run affordable housing project in Telluride, Colorado. Established in 1990, the Eagle Award has come to represent one of the highest achievements within the Colorado housing community. This prestigious award celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments and outstanding leadership in housing and support services.

The award was presented to Telluride Mayor Stu Fraser, San Miguel Council Commissioner Elaine Fischer and San Miguel Regional Housing Authority Executive Director Shirley Diaz last week during the Housing Colorado Now! conference in Vail.

“I was thrilled,” Fischer said. “I feel like we absolutely deserve it because it’s a wonderful project … this is once again that feeling of ‘ahh, this is a great asset for the community and we’re going to make people so happy.’”

Mark Carlson with Mountain Builders based in Telluride, used modular construction to build the six units which were a combo of single family homes and duplexes. Design elements included large windows to encompass the views, decks, ample storage and garages…all huge attributes when it comes to affordable housing projects. To read more about the project and the Eagle award please visit: telluridenews.com.

”]To see photos: www.cunniffe.com

To see Mountain Builders work: telluridemountainbuilders.com

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New Bleachers for Town Park

Our team at Charles Cunniffe Architects has been working hard with the Telluride Parks Department and Bone Construction on new bleachers for Telluride’s famed Town Park. Being center stage for all festivals and recreation activites in town, the new bleachers will be a welcome addition to next year’s summer sports season.

The shade structure which speaks to the Telluride vernacular is constructed of Douglas Fir Beams and includes a tension cable which supports the roof over a steel beam. Aluminum bleachers will sit underneath this intricately designed shade structure.

We’re proud of partnering with the Town on this project and look forward to many more!

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