A pro behind the boutique hotel’s eclectic interiors shares tips for getting the gritty-meets-luxury look at home.
A stylish new boutique hotel is popping up around every corner in town, it seems. There’s the Maven and Moxy, the Source and Born, the Jacquard and Ramble, to name just a few. This new generation of Denver hotels shows off interiors that feel more residential than commercial, with fashion-forward finishes and furnishings, and spectacular collections of fine art.
One of the most inspiring of the bunch is the Maven, a new hotel at the Dairy Block, a completely reimagined city block—hemmed in by Blake, Wazee, 18th, and 19th streets—on the former site of the Windsor Farm Dairy Company. The new micro-neighborhood merges historical and new buildings that house retail shops, restaurants, and a six-story office tower, in addition to the 172-room hotel. Brooklyn-based Crème/Jun Aizaki Architecture and Design, and Denver-based JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE (JNS), collaborated to create the Maven’s palette of industrial materials—stone, raw rolled steel, beetle-kill wood, and concrete—paired with bold bursts of color and pattern, and sculptural furnishings. Denver’s NINE dot ARTS curated the hotel’s collection of more than 400 original art pieces created by emerging and established Colorado artists, from a massive, suspended lobby sculpture by Andrew Ramiro Tirado to intricately stenciled floors by Robert Weidmann.
We couldn’t help noticing that many of the Maven’s unique design details would look pretty great in our own living spaces, so we asked Nicole Nathan, a partner and design architect at JNS, for tips to help us get the look at home.
Photo by Andrew Bordwin Photography