Catbird is an artist-driven hotel located in Denver’s River North Art District (RiNo), the city's vibrant creative center.
Blurring the lines between hotel and home, the Catbird fuses the amenities of an extended-stay property with the experiences and energy of a destination hotel.
We developed a holistic property ecosystem that celebrates the creative identity of the neighborhood while providing a community hub to elevate both the RiNo and Denver at large.
This effort consisted of two phases: the hotel's brand identity and interior concept and direction for a mixed-use lobby and rooftop restaurant.
Contrasting old and new, the Catbird features new construction around an original home from the late 1800s, centering a sense of history at the heart of a contemporary transformation.
By leveraging this contrast of old and new architecture–blending the notion of a hotel with the nuance of home–we deepened the sense of transition and the concept of duality began to take shape.
The brand identity reinforces the concept of joined forces with contrasting colors and a pair of unmistakably different typestyles, creating feelings of familiarity and the unexpected.
The icon, Klee—named after the prolific and highly individual modernist painter, Paul Klee—captures the playful spirit of the hotel's name in the form of an artist's doodle and pays homage to its artistic inspiration.
It’s not a lobby—it’s RiNo’s living room. We sought to create a space that effortlessly welcomes guests and locals looking for a place to eat, gather, work, and collaborate.
Expansive and open, yet full of nooks that offer seclusion and privacy, the space allows different energies to flow and mix naturally. The shelves are full of books and objects that feel inviting and attractive, like the well-lived-in home of a friend who loves traveling and collecting. A rich material palette emphasizes natural variances, textures, and inherent patterns while welcoming moments of bold color.
The ground floor is a dream home, the rooftop is your day dream.
Inspired by Brutalist city parks and modern sculpture gardens, we created something far from ordinary just below the heavenly Denver sky. In contrast with the softer character of the lobby, the bar was designed with a sculptural approach, full of artistic furniture and lighting, and finished with offbeat details. Undulating curves inform the space, creating booths and seating clusters within the uncommon triangular footprint of the building.
The Catbird's artistic, modern, and distinct point of view can be felt throughout the property via bold art curation, furniture and materials, intelligent room design and thoughtful brand touchpoints.
- Brand Strategy
- Brand Identity
- Signage & Wayfinding
- Brand Guidelines
The Catbird Team | Sage Hospitality
Interiors | OMFGCO, DLR Group, Swan Dive
Signage Fabrication | RiNo Sign Works
Art Curation | Nine dot Arts
Photography | Nathan Hindman, Ed Martin
OMFGCO Team | Jeremy Pelley, Fritz Mesenbrink, Jordan Metcalf, Lauren Masterson, Billy Rueck, Orion Janeczek, Ed Martin, Andrew Ward, Garth Klippert, Melinda Turner, Dylan Tibbetts, Ellen Wilde, Elizabeth Brown