MO promotes the balance of high quality design and environmentally conscious work to create holistic design solutions. We recognize the interdependence of art, design, theory, history, technology and use these elements as parts of an integrated practice in the development of our projects. 

ARCHITECTURE

We are a Design Build studio. Working across the country, we've created beautiful, holistically realized commercial and residential spaces. We are now partnered with Track Architecture in Denver, Colorado to bring you fully integrated services.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

We have extensive experience creating brands for clients nationally, and working with existing brands to develop stellar collateral, environmental graphics and wayfinding systems. We work with clients to clearly define information about their service/product, brand, mission and goals in order to establish a unified vision.  

ART + DESIGN

As a multidisciplinary design studio, we love getting our hands dirty and working across fields. Over the last twenty years we have created works of sculpture, public art, paintings, drawings, furnishings and have collaborated on large scale installations with artists in major cities. 

 

ARCHITECTURE + INTERIORS
DESIGN | BUILD PROJECTS


Residential Loft in LoHi

 

The system that makes kitchens thrive is called mise-en-place, literally “put in place.” It’s a French phrase that means to gather and organize the ingredients and tools needed for cooking. The concept of “mise en place” has been used in the development of the new design for the residence at 3131 Zuni in Denver. This idea is specific to the client’s love for cooking, good food and cocktails. Drawing on the use of actions used in cooking, the new interior architecture has been developed in the same vernacular. Natural ingredients and food have be used in the creation of a neutral color palette integrated with small pops of bright colors, like adding spices to a dish. Biophilia has been used throughout to create connections to the natural environment in this urban dwelling.

 
kitchen.jpg
customsteelglassshelf.jpg
 

Dining I Kitchen
The dining area now is more integrated into the kitchen zone with the removal of a large media unit that took up much of the floor space. New dining furnishings and a mixology lab will be housed here. The mixology unit will become the connection to the kitchen island, that we have updated with new paint, a stainless steel application and custom steel and glass shelf suspended from the ceiling above. The other kitchen area has also been renovated with new paint, a geometric pattern tile backsplash and new brushed stainless steel countertops. The old coat closet has been built out as a kitchen pantry with custom dado shelves.  

 
livingarea.jpg
livingarea2.jpg
 

Entry | Living

The residence has been updated with a new entry area that is established with a custom slatted wood screen, stained to match the new Du Chateau Thames hardwood floors. An entry closet has been built and faced with a custom smoked glass barn door finished with a brushed aluminum frame and hanging system. Then entry screen acts as a room divider and offers some privacy in the living area while still allowing for natural light to pass through. A new media wall has been built to accommodate a tv and sound system, and also acts as a threshold for the second entry on it’s opposite side. 

 
entryscreen.jpg
masterclosethis.jpg
guestofficecloset.jpg

Papillons Gets a New HQ

 

MO + TA COLLABORATION.
This Design Build project is one of an existing industrial masonry structure in Denver built in 1967. The renovation includes a mixed use program with offices, conference spaces and a research and development area. The project is currently under construction and should be complete by mid 2018.

 
IMG_7272.JPG
IMG_7270.JPG
963 Federal Blvd Rendering.jpg

Wine Cellar + Residential Loft in LoHi

 

MO has been working on the renovation of this 3000 sq ft loft in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood. Overall, the client’s style is cozy, elegant and eclectic, which we have used in the design development of the new interior architecture. Elements that have been a part of the renovation include a custom wine cellar, coat closet, integration of a new hall window, a new opening for custom glass sliding doors to the outdoor patio, a custom designed master bedroom shelving built-in, a new guest bedroom closet wall and opening, new lighting and ceiling fans throughout, new paint throughout and kitchen updates.

 
winecellarwithbottles.jpg
masterbathlightsontogether.jpg
slidingdoorclosedtogether.jpg
guestbathlighttogether.jpg
 

The main design focus has been on the integration of a new wine cellar which includes wine, champagne and magnum storage for up to 300 bottles. The climate controlled space is built out with wood veneer walls, a Chemetal Alu Dark metallic surface back wall region and bottom shelf for wine cases, brushed nickel finished steel pin wine bottle holders, a Nueva orb moon pendant suspended from ceiling and centered in the space, and custom glass doors with brushed steel handles.

 
cellaropen.jpg
winecellarclosed.jpg
closeuppins.jpg
closeuppins2.jpg
closeuppins3.jpg

A Sustainable Industrial Renovation

 

MO + TA COLLABORATION
This Design Build project is currently in design development. The existing industrial building will be renovated to accommodate a mixed use program that include offices, processing areas and a large production room for a marijuana facility. More info to come as the project progresses!

 
Quest.jpg

A Historic Remodel in Rhode Island

 

This was a complete renovation of a historic recreation hall in the Village of Oakland, outside Providence, Rhode Island. The entire interior and existing loft structure was demolished making way for a new timber frame for the second floor. The space was updated with a new kitchen, dining area, bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry room and communal space. The Owners are furniture designers and makers, so showcasing their work was a huge part of the design intent. Woodworking details used in the fabrication of custom pieces were also integrated throughout the interior architecture. Joints were celebrated and what would otherwise be basic construction devices became beautifully integrated, handmade features. It was an honor and joy to be a part of the design and build out of this space for such well intentioned, creative individuals. 

 
tucker front house.jpg
3-good-overall-of-loft.jpg
1-living-room-space.jpg
2-stairs.jpg
4-christine-chairs.jpg
5-detail-of-loft-joint.jpg
6-ambiance.jpg
7-kitchen-joists-side.jpg
8-kitchen.jpg
9-kitchen2.jpg

Residential Loft in LoHi

 

MO worked on this unit in the LoHi neighborhood of Denver. The residence has been updated with custom designed sliding doors in the hallway and new paint and hardware throughout. We took inspiration from the natural Colorado landscape for the custom sliding doors. These door designs were created with a repeating tree pattern. For the second set of doors we took inspiration from travel, specifically Barcelona, the client’s favorite destination spot in the world. These door designs include a laser etched panel showcasing an enlarged street plan of the Barri Gothic area of Barcelona and a portion of a topographic map of Serra de Collserola Parc Natural, on the outskirts of Barcelona.

 
bothdoors.jpg
tree.jpg
 

The custom old english mahogany doors were CNC and laser engraved, with a balanced black laminate backside. Inlay recesses are coated with an ebony stain. A frame piece of 3/4” material with matching veneer encases the door to hide the track and create a visual clarity to the opening. The laser engraved panel has been pocketed and inlaid into the door. Both sliding door sets have handles integrated into the routed surface so that no hardware had to be added.

 
barcelona.jpg
barcelonahall.jpg
 

FURNITURE DESIGN | BUILD


Tension and Compression

 

Interests in textiles and weaving, specifically the tension of a warp and weft structure, was integral to the conception of this project. This stool is a seemingly rigid structure that has the flexible characteristics of a textile, and the seating shifts with the user’s movements.

 
stool.jpg
KICX0231.jpg
twisted stool.jpg
KICX0228.jpg
closeupstool.jpg
stool top.jpg

Sustainability Slumber

 

Interests in sustainable materials and building techniques led to a physical investigation of a particular material, bamboo plywood. Making a large piece of furniture made it possible to design in terms akin to architecture. For reasons both practical and metaphoric, a bed seemed an especially fitting structure to be built with such materials.

 
bed-closed.jpg
bed-open.jpg

The Bear

 

An investigation into ergonomics: designing and building a chair based upon a body shape, size and preferred seating posture. The silhouette of the form was derived from a most relaxed seated state. Upholstering was key into forming a support for the lumbar region and to provide a sturdy yet comfortable seat. The upholstering fabric, a soft, faux fur, provided extra comfort as well as a humorous quality to the already human-like characteristic of the chair. Finally, a sewn in fleece blanket was added. It can be rolled up and tucked into a spine in the back.

 
buddhabear.jpg
detail-back.jpg
 

GRAPHIC DESIGN PROJECTS


Environmental Graphics and Decor

 

The Hampden South area was predominantly fruit orchards & dairy farms until the 1970’s. We used floral, organic patterns and eclectic materials in the store redesign to reflect this architecture. Originally a homestead of dairy farmers and fruit groves, the region’s agriculture was thriving until the flood of 1933. As an homage to the agricultural foundations of Hampden South, weathered materials and repurposed farm tools have been used in a modern way to reflect a bright, cheerful farmhouse aesthetic. Included in this influence are clean palette wood designs and rough, antique objects. A region of settlers and pioneers, Hampden South’s influence on the Tamarac store can be most strongly felt in the use of honest, rugged materials, hand-lettering and reclaimed wood, untreated metals and antique objects. By combining these rough-hewn materials in unexpectedly refined combinations, the store’s decor captures the spirit of the west while remaining true to the upscale character of Tamarac. In keeping with the authentically Coloradoan ethos as well as the Whole Foods brand, nature was an integral decor component. Behind the forest of office buildings is the majestic Rocky Mountain backdrop. The peaks and their inhabitants define the region and lend themselves to strong geometric repetition. Rendering this mix of natural influences in a simplified manner lends modernity to the aesthetic while providing the store with a sense of place. 

with Arthouse Design

 
overall1.jpg
justaask.jpg
inbloom.jpg
bulk.jpg
seafood.jpg
thegoodstuffdairy.jpg
goodstuffcc.jpg
woodfanseafood.jpg
goodstuffdetail.jpg
creamcrop2.jpg
creamofthecrop.jpg
wrapplusright.jpg
arrowgraphicsmeat.jpg
wrapitup.jpg
wrapitup2.jpg
dryagedsign.jpg
meatraisedsign.jpg
smokedsign.jpg
meatleft.jpg
moreyouknow.jpg
letitrise.jpg
dailykneadslunchdinner.jpg
dailykneads.jpg
lunchdinner.jpg
rotisseriesign.jpg
asiansoffit.jpg
perkup2.jpg
cafe.jpg

CSU Morgan Library Renovation

 

Lisa Moses worked on a renovation of the Morgan Library at Colorado State University while with studiotrope Design Collective. The scope of the project included new construction for an entrance energy chamber, along with new interior architecture, environmental graphics and wayfinding system.

Inspiration for much of the renovation was taken from the original architecture. The existing mosaic patterning, linear vertical elements, coffering along with images of voice patterning were referenced for much of the environmental graphics.

 
2 CSU-library-Project-5.jpg
3 CSU-library-Project-48.jpg
4 CSU-library-Project-45.jpg
1 CSU-library-Project-127.jpg
5 CSU-library-Project-49.jpg
6 CSU-library-Project-95.jpg
7 CSU-library-Project-96.jpg
8 CSU-library-Project-104.jpg
10 CSU-library-Project-63.jpg
11 CSU-library-Project-66.jpg
13 CSU-library-Project-81.jpg
12 CSU-library-Project-68.jpg
14CSU-library-Project-82.jpg
15CSU-library-Project-75.jpg
16 CSU-library-Project-69.jpg
17 CSU-library-Project-154.jpg

Natural Luxury and Elegance

 

Platform is a new mixed-use development downtown at Union Station in Denver. The design intent here for the environmental graphics was to create a holistic expression of “natural luxury and elegance.” The architecture and interior for the building has been developed from the theme wood, ice and stone. These aspects act as accents and help to enhance the design of the graphic wraps on Platform’s facades. The building’s brand and tagline of “arrive, reset, live” has also been used both literally and metaphorically in the creation of the overall graphic composition.

 
unionstation.jpg
17thstside.jpg
17thsidedetail2.jpg
17thsidedetail3.jpg
17thsidedetail.jpg
premeierdowntownlviing.jpg
trainsidewithpillars.jpg
trainstationfacade.jpg
wewatta.jpg
wewattadetail.jpg

Environmental Graphics and Signage

 

Working with The Public Works, Lisa Moses developed new environmental graphics and signage for two Whole Foods Markets in Denver, Colorado :: Capitol Hill and Colorado Boulevard stores. Colorado Boulevard is south of the city with views of the mountains. The mountain peaks were simplified into geometric forms and acted as a foundation for the new signage there. Capitol Hill is a hip part of town, and so we played off the existing eclectic vibe for the updated graphics. Natural elements were abstracted and made to emulate the organic ingredients of the products sold in the Whole Body department.Both store elements included designs for aisle fins, aisle signs, case toppers and probiotic refrigerated unit headers.

 
aislesigns.jpg
wholebody.jpg
wbtop.jpg
wbsinglesign.jpg
beautyheader.jpg
meat and seafood.jpg
aislesigns.jpg
case toppers2.jpg
case topper.jpg
doors.jpg

Environmental Graphics

 

Design for Swarovski’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair Booths showcasing furniture and architectural pieces made with Swarovski crystals.

Work completed with Orion RED. 

 
ICFF3.jpg
ICFF2.jpg
ICFF1.jpg
sw_magic_1.jpg
sw_magic_2.jpg
sw_magic_3.jpg

Exhibit Design + Environmental Graphics

 

We created a visual representation both architecturally and graphically for these various clients’ exhibit booths and reception areas. 

Work completed with BlueHive. 

 
Screen shot 2012-08-15 at 5.47.23 PM.png
Screen shot 2012-08-15 at 5.47.38 PM.png
SPIE-DSS 09 001.jpg
SPIE-DSS 09 002.jpg
SPIE-DSS 09 005.jpg
SPIE-DSS 09 006.jpg
Screen shot 2012-08-15 at 5.48.17 PM.png
Screen shot 2012-08-15 at 5.47.58 PM.png
Screen shot 2013-03-24 at 5.48.14 PM.png
Screen shot 2012-08-15 at 5.49.28 PM.png
Screen shot 2013-03-24 at 5.48.53 PM.png
Screen shot 2013-03-24 at 5.49.04 PM.png

Graphic Design Projects

 

We’ve been fortunate to work with incredible clients around the country. The following are some examples of brands we have created, along with designs for logos, packaging, collateral and websites we have worked on over the years.

 

CALYPSO ENTERPRISES

We worked with this client out of Pennsylvania on visioning and developing the brand for their new marijuana company. Calypso is an orchid genus, and as marijuana is a “flower” we decided to playfully use that as the icon for this pictorial logo, which has been abstracted using the hexagon from the THC molecular structure. Using a font that speaks to old Calypso vinyl records further helped to strengthen the logo design. 

CalypsoFullLogo_RGB.jpg
CalypsoLogoMark_RGB.jpg
CalypsoLogoMarkCompanyName_RGB.jpg

STUDIOTROPE DESIGN COLLECTIVE

studiotrope felt it was time to rebrand with the formation of their collective. The new suite language was developed around their practice: three distinct studios working together to manifest holistic creations. The icons were developed from the negative spaces of the typeface, acknowledging the interconnected nature of the studio. The website is designed around studiotrope’s interdisciplinary approach to design exploration and process. Icons are used for navigational purposes to connect their collective projects. www.studiotrope.com

sDC_brand (Michael Wilson's conflicted copy 2014-07-26).jpg
letterpress front.jpg

The website is designed around studiotrope’s interdisciplinary approach to design exploration and process. Icons are used for navigational purposes to connect their collective projects. www.studiotrope.com

webpage1.jpg
webpage2.jpg
webpage3.jpg
webpage4.jpg

SMARTWOOL

Smartwool is an American company founded by ski instructors Peter and Patty Duke. They are based out of Colorado and produce merino wool clothing, socks, base layers, sweaters, tights, and other clothing for running, hiking, cycling, and daily use. This project scope included the design of their fall 2011 dealer workbook, cover and page layouts. 

with Moxie Sozo

cover2.jpg
tableofcontents.jpg
inside-page.jpg
inside-page2.jpg

MARQAHA

Over the last eight years, we have worked with and developed a variety of brand related designs for marQaha, a Denver based marijuana company. Our designs include the logo; advertisements; print collateral: posters, stickers and postcards; packaging for all products; infographics; and exhibit design pieces.

marQaha is a very old Arabic word that refers to the “bliss” felt while drinking coffee. It has also come to mean “someone or something impossible to hate”. marQaha infuses everything they do with this idea in their approach towards their customers and patients. Their passion lies in creating and offering handcrafted drinks, edibles and other medicinal products made with organic ingredients that bring a feeling of bliss.

Screenshot 2018-04-13 14.26.32.png
Screenshot 2018-04-13 14.27.26.png

Education is a keystone component to marQaha's business model. They wanted approachable, informative infographics to provide to the general public. The infographics below were developed in that vein to reach a wide audience. Each infographic is available in a downloadable format on their website, and will be printed as handouts, postcards and posters for companies around the country.

Infographics_11x17Poster_RGB.jpg

marQaha likes to present their products in a unique way.
The images below represent the various flavors and types of edibles they have on the cannabis market. 

flasQ

BlueberryChamomile_flasQVector-01.png
BlueberryChamomile_flasQVector-02.png
Coffee_flasQVector-01.png
Coffee_flasQVector-02.png

mist

Blend_MistVector-01.png
Blend_MistVector-02.png
CBD_MistVector-01.png
CBD_MistVector-02.png

agave tinQture

CBDTHC1-1_tinQtureVector-01.png
CBDTHC1-1_tinQtureVector-02.png
Sativa_tinQtureVector-01.png
Sativa_tinQtureVector-02.png

Another eduction based collateral piece we designed for marQaha is this dosing instruction handout shown below.

Dosing Instructions Handout_front-01.jpg
Dosing Instructions Handout_back-02.jpg

A few more examples of older work are shown below. They were developed before the logo was updated to a solid bright green butterfly.

metamorphosisposter.png
banner.png
postcard.png
stickers.png
drinks.png
hemplips.png
 

MYCHELLE DERMACEUTICALS

Bioactive skin care products. MyChelle was the first company to use anti-aging peptides, plant stem cells, and clinically proven dermatological ingredients. Their approach to beauty is to provide clean, conscious, and comprehensive skin care products that are bioactive, ethically sourced, and formulated with high-performance ingredients for superior results and a lifetime of natural, healthy skin. Our design project scope included the development of new packaging designs for their dermaceuticals line.

with Moxie Sozo

box5_flat.png
box5.jpg
box3_flat.png
box3.jpg
box4_flat.png
box4.jpg

KALOT SUPERFOOD

Kalot is a Colorado-based company that creates nutrient-rich tasty superfood - nut butters blended with fruit and spices that are naturally full of antioxidants, essential minerals, healthy fats and phytonutrients. They were in need of a marketing piece to celebrate their new line of nut butters, so we decided to develop an oversized postcard to highlight the brand, various flavors and product potential. Kalot has been proactive in sharing the many ways to use their butters, like with fruit, oatmeal, yogurt, sandwiches, smoothies, in baked goods or by the spoonful. We highlighted their mission to make the vibrant health you crave attainable & enjoyable. kalotsuperfood.com

frontpostcard-01.png
backpostcard-02.png

GREENERGY

This project focused on branding and logo redevelopment for Greenergy, a medical marijuana company in Denver, Colorado. The client wanted their products to be represented with a clean, pharmaceutical sensibility, as their primary target demographic included cancer and epileptic patients in Colorado. In keeping with this medicinally focused aesthetic, we worked with the molecular structure of the plant and created logos specific to the product type. The packaging design of their labels were for infused coconut capsules - indica, sativa and 1:1 blends. 

sativalabels.png
indicalables.png
1to1labels.png
Cannatol 2.jpg
Cannatol 3.jpg
Cannatol 1.jpg

GOODWRIGHT

 

Goodwright Films, Inc. is a services allied to motion picture located in New York, New York. This project scope included new identity collateral, business cards and letterhead designs.

with Moxie Sozo

goodwright1.jpg
goodwright2.jpg
goodwright3.jpg
goodwright4.jpg
 

INSTALLATION ART PROJECTS


This sculpture embodies a principle of regenerative ecosystems

 

The form here was created utilizing a combination of the golden ratio and spiral. The hand sewn pieces were stuffed with a compost material high in nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and iron. Internal highways connect the spiral disc forms, allowing for micronutrients to move up and down the sculpture, as well as into the very depleted urban soil. When the exhibition concluded, the farmers on-site used the sculpture, and hence the nutrient dense compost substance, to grow food there for the local community.

 
47 (1).jpg
65.jpg
70.jpg
66.jpg
69.jpg

Multimedia Installation

 

Mir2 is a multimedia installation and performance team that uses the international space station as a model for collaborative projects. Our team won the Bessie Award for Performance Installation and New Media for the first project we created which ran October 18 – November 18, 2001, at Smack Mellon Studios, a non-profit contemporary arts organization located in the D.U.M.B.O. section of Brooklyn, New York. Bessies are awarded by the Dance Theater Workshop to honor exceptional achievement in the past year. MIR2 reviews included The New York Times and Art Forum.

Lisa Moses was part of a team that was responsible for creating aspects of the installations that are made of sewn textiles, including inflatable sculptures, the interior, and the outer “skin” of the station.

 
Screen shot 2012-09-17 at 12.13.01 PM.png
Screen shot 2012-09-17 at 12.13.38 PM.png
mir2_04.jpg
Screen shot 2012-09-17 at 12.13.23 PM.png
mir2_05.jpg
mir2_02.jpg
mir2_03.jpg
mir2_06.jpg
mir2_08.jpg
mir2_07.jpg
mir2_12.jpg
mir2_11.jpg
mir2_10.jpg
mir2_15.jpg