Despite its size, this clever little table seems to defy logic with its moving parts and what it can do. Acquired by the museum in 2005, it is now on view for the first time in the David W. and Ellen N. Moore Decorative Arts Gallery on level six of the North Building. The table was made in England of mahogany, brass, and gilded metal trimmings around 1820. It has a silk compartment and elaborately carved legs and feet. More
Roaming through the museum’s North Building you may find yourself asking, “What’s with all the chairs?” I know I have. To answer this question for myself and all of you, I did a little digging into the history of design. As it turns out from reviewing Centuries and styles of the American chair, 1640-1970 by Robert Charles Bishop and 1000 chairs by Charlotte Fiell, a chair can say a lot. More
After months (sometimes years) of planning, deliberating, and visualizing, the fun part of installing an exhibition is when all the pieces start to come together physically in the gallery space. In the Now Boarding exhibition, that included two-dimensional (2-D) objects such as photos and sketches of the airports, three-dimensional (3-D) objects like architectural models and various airline travel-related artifacts, multiple videos, and a spectrum of graphics. More
Your Mission: Take a photo of a design dilemma in your ‘hood.
Specs: Take a hi-res pic (up to 2 MB) of this design issue and upload it on Denver Art Museum's Collective website. More
The exhibition Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight takes visitors on a journey through six airports designed by Curtis Fentress. The designs featured meld art and practicality, embodying the regions they were designed for. More
Open for Design was a design challenge at the museum in 2012. More
The Denver Art Museum (DAM) invited the community to participate in an inspired design challenge by creating a solution to a design issue in their neighborhood and bringing it to the museum for display.
Following the Open For Design submission drop-off on July 28, the museum has put the designs on view in Open For Design: A DAM Community Challenge in the Anschutz Gallery on level two of the Hamilton Building. More
Experience unique offerings from Colorado’s ever-growing design community this summer in Design Lab: Three Studios featuring DoubleButter, MATTER, and tres birds workshop. Utilizing inventive approaches to architecture and design, the installations in this exhibition challenge the rules of traditional design practices and illuminate the process of constructing an object, a space, or the components of information. More
The Coors Porcelain Company, now known as CoorsTek, creates specialized scientific forms—crucibles, beakers, evaporating dishes—that have remained virtually unchanged since their earliest iteration. Beauty and function exist simultaneously in vessels that serve scientists’ precisely stated needs.
On view through March 24, 2013. More
What Is Modern? features imaginative furniture, industrial, and graphic designs that span more than 200 years, from the early 1800s to the present day. The objects—representing a trajectory of innovative thinking and a variety of methods, materials, and concepts—explore the ways in which design has expressed the modern experience. More
Olivetti: Innovation and Identity showcases the Italian company's groundbreaking approach to product design and promotion. After World War II, Olivetti's quality office machines and distinctive advertising graphics helped establish Italy’s reputation as the cradle of modern design. The company's graphic designers, architects, artists, writers, and advertising experts took an active part in the design of not only the company’s products and advertisements, but also the visual appearance of its showrooms and corporate architecture. More
The architecture, design, and graphics collection is displayed on level 2 and level 6 in the North Building. Works from the Middle Ages to the 1900s that represent major developments in style, form, material, and technique in European and North American furniture and decorative arts are presented on level 6 of the North Building. A series of rotating spaces on level 2 focuses on modern and contemporary architecture, furniture, and industrial and graphic design. These exhibition spaces showcase designers and movements from this period. More