Hotel art, when done right, elevates the space from ho-hum to inspiring. I love being inspired by my surroundings, which is one of the reasons I enjoy living and working in downtown. The new hotels in downtown Denver are innovative with their use of art and materials. Two places have recently caught my eye: The ART Hotel and the Maven.
These are just two in a series of inspiring hotels cropping up around downtown Denver. I am excited to explore them all!
Making a First Impression
Both hotels use art to create impact in their lobbies. The Maven does it dramatically… A large hand suspends from the ceiling, beckoning in welcome. The sculpture is called The Quantifiable and the Ineffable. Its presence creates an incredible impact, and this picture shows how art can anchor a room, and anchor symmetry. A very dramatic welcome at the Maven!
The ART Hotel, on the other hand, gives a subtle welcome with a soft and minimalist color palette. Their sculptures and prints are set around the lobby in a way that invites interaction between guest and art. The horse sculpture is Otter, and the woman holding flowers is Singer. Both are in bronze. The giclée print behind reception, Collage, continues the theme of metal – it is a collage of boats, in a flower-life shape.
The lobbies of the ART and the Maven show the different impacts that art can have in creating a reception area.
Hotel Art on the Walls, One.
The ART Hotel is full of paintings, prints, and sculpture, with some installations here and there. What is incredible is that each piece stands alone. The art is bright, colorful, and modern, but the size is not overwhelming to the viewer. Rather, once again the hotel invites the viewer to observe what is unique – color palette, brush stroke, or subject matter. They are creating intimacy through art.
Drama is the byword at the Maven. Their use of traditional wall art is minimal, but when they do, it is to make a big statement. For example, take the gallery of black and white pictures. The artist is Denver’s Travis Hetman, and it is a spin on the traditional way of displaying pictures. Each frame attaches to the next, and the piece was constructed off-site. He uses different frames for each photograph, but paints them the same shade of white for a cohesive effect.
Hotel Art on the Walls, Two.
I love it when functional materials are used to create art, and both hotels do this extremely well.
The Maven frequently uses tile and other materials as their art, but the ART’s usage is sophisticated, elegant, and impactful.
Painted cork flooring, boldly patterned tiles flowing from floor to wall, and blown up photographs as wallpaper create dramatic visual impact at the Maven. Wherever one walks, there is always delight. I enjoyed doing this in my LoDo Penthouse project.
The restrooms at the ART Hotel are a sight to behold! They use black and white in a sophisticated take on an ancient art form – the mosaic. Even the subject matter is traditional (Greco-Roman sculpture) but their very use of black and white tile makes it modern. Paired with contemporary pillar sinks and long, lean mirrors, it is bold, refreshing, and sophisticated. These tiles are inexpensive, and this is an excellent way to add drama and art to a room in your home.