Design in Bloom 2016

 In Culture, Design


Gettliffe Architecture was delighted to participate in Modern in Denver’s 2016 Design in Bloom event. From the beginning, the team agreed to create our piece collaboratively, experimentally, and with a sense of fun.

We quickly identified one component of our arrangement – reused plywood jigs. During our studio retreat we began to brainstorm and gather additional materials. The landscape of the San Luis Valley and Sangre de Cristo Mountains played a large influence on our design both conceptually and aesthetically.

The result is a somewhat wild piece, that embodies a lot of the laughter and lively debate that went into it. The plywood armature forms are the jigs, originally built to mold the curves of the wall bases in a residential project.   The plants represented are native and ubiquitous, most of them gathered during our studio retreat. In a democratization of the notion of beauty, and a reflection of the life cycle itself, we included wood and dried tumbleweeds alongside glorious blooms.

The Design in Bloom event was beautifully put together and a blast to attend – so many gorgeous and ingenious arrangements from architecture firms all over the Denver area. Thank you to friends of GA who came out. We hope to see you there again next year!

Gettliffe Architecture is a Boulder, Colorado architecture firm offering green design services from straw-bale homes to eco lodges around the globe. We believe that beautiful modern architectural design begins with careful consideration of earth, culture and community. Working with your ideas and vision, our team of green architects brings inspiring spaces to life that are kind to the planet and a pleasure to be in.


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