Inside Denver’s Craftsman Movement with Modern Bungalow
It’s no secret that Colorado is in a craft state of mind. From beer to spirits to food and even to coffee, it’s a state that celebrates and embraces what’s local, what’s high quality and what’s artfully made.
This craving for craft has likewise taken hold of design and style with the surge in popularity of Craftsman-style home furnishings and décor, the likes of which can be found at Denver’s Modern Bungalow. Taking over the furniture and design business in October 2017, owners Matt Hubbard and Danielle Sandusky have set out to curate a collection of pieces that are representative of America’s uniquely talented artisans while truly standing the test of time with incomparable quality.
“The Craftsman movement was originally a reaction to the excesses of the Victorian era and the mass-produced, machine-made goods of the Industrial Revolution,” explains Sandusky. “To us, Craftsman means an aesthetic towards fewer items of better quality, pieces that are both useful and beautiful, and knowing the story behind the things around you.”
At Modern Bungalow, furnishing styles range from Prairie Mission to Craftsman, Shaker, and a variety of neutral, transitional aesthetics. Each piece in the collection is unified in its exhibition of exceptional quality and in the time, energy and artfulness that each piece’s maker poured into it.
From solid wood furniture to hand-knotted wool rugs, handmade tiles for fireplaces and backsplashes, and the décor, linens and hardware to bring it all together cohesively, Modern Bungalow’s collection brings the creativity and the stories of some of Colorado’s, and the country’s, most talented artisans into the home.
MaRyan Bedside Table: Highlights the quality construction of Amish builders. Shown in Quarter-Sawn Oak with Bourbon stain. Paired with Gibbons Table Lamp, blending Tiffany glass and Prairie Mission style.
Poppy Vase: Showcases a lyrical twist on traditional shaping methods. Deco-inspired and hand thrown, sculpted, and glazed.
Aspen High Back Chair: Example of the timeless nature of the Arts & Crafts style and blends well with modern trends. Shown in Smooth Cherry with Ebony inlay.
Magazine Rack: Built in Colorado with visible tenons and wood grain that make it a simple piece decidedly in the Craftsman style.