CURATING SIMPLE YET TIMELESS PIECES, DENVER MODERN FILLS AN UNTAPPED NICHE IN THE MILE HIGH CITY’S DESIGN SCENE.
Lindsey Price and Donnie Criswell PHOTO COURTESY OF DENVER MODERN
THOUGH DONNIE CRISWELL AND LINDSEY PRICE, co-founders of furniture company Denver Modern, grew up a mere 30 minutes from each other in the suburbs of Atlanta, the two never crossed paths until they migrated west. Criswell moved to Boulder and began making tables from reclaimed wood as a hobby before segueing into custom furniture design. Price came to Denver from New York, where she worked in consumer products. “Lindsey and I met for dinner in Denver seven years ago, and the rest is history,” Criswell says.
Designs by Denver Modern. PHOTO COURTESY OF DENVER MODERN
In 2019, the husband-and-wife duo dreamed up the idea for their furniture design company working from their dining room table in Park Hill. Teaming up with Brooklyn-based designer Joel Edmondson, they aimed to differentiate themselves from big-box retailers with accessibility, a robust online program and thoughtful materials like hardwoods, steel and linen, as well as leather sourced from an Italian tannery. “We wanted to create something that Denver didn’t have already,” Price says, “something different, comfortable and timeless.”
The company now has a showroom in the York Street Yards, a creative space for manufacturers, and a new 30,000-square-foot warehouse with a larger inventory capacity for expedited deliveries and same-day take-home items.
Denver Modern recently outfitted RiNo’s new Catbird Hotel, tapping the company’s collection of bar stools, sofas, tables and its bestselling Vail lounge chair, which resembles a slouchy, fluffy pillow slung on leather straps atop a powder-coated steel frame. “There’s a sense of independence in Colorado,” Criswell says. “And that’s always been in our story.” 3857 Steele St., #1287, Denver, denvermodern.com