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January 15, 2009

Capella Telluride Prepares To Open

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

TELLURIDE, COLO. – As Capella Telluride prepares to open its doors on February 12, 2009, an inspired design by Denver-based Ivins Design Group ensures its place among the world’s finest resorts, and promises a strong debut for the Capella Hotels and Resorts brand on North American soil.

“There’s a real palpable spirit to Telluride – a richness and character that’s unlike any other resort town,”” said David B. Sorenson, AIA, of Ivins Design Group. “Our vision was to create a resort that captures the essence of that Telluride spirit and that emulates the textures and colors of the natural landscape.”

From stone to timber, many of the natural materials used in Capella Telluride’s distinctive design have been sourced from Colorado. Local elements are represented in the wood-beamed ceilings, hand-scraped hardwood flooring and stone-tiled floors, for instance, that add to the rich textures and artistry of the interiors. Their natural warmth is heightened by a palette of burnt orange, rust and red that prevails through most of the resort.

Vintage black-and-white photographs depict Telluride’s history as it evolved from rough-and-tumble mining town to world-class ski resort. These are displayed alongside the sort of one-of-a-kind artworks and eclectic furniture pieces that the top-tier traveler might have in his or her own residence.

“For the Capella guest, this resort is, in essence, one of their vacation homes,” Sorenson continued. “Our goal in selecting furnishings and fabrics was to create a sense of familiarity for our guests, to recreate the level of taste and the kind of comforts they enjoy at home.”

Stepping into one of the 100 spacious guest rooms is like entering one’s own home, with a dark hardwood floor gracing the entryway and furnishings that have a hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind feel. The neutral wall covering with a subtle metallic sheen helps to create an ambience as rich as it is restful.

Carved wood headboards with a hand-scraped horizontal texture have an organic, linear feel and are set against a backdrop of leather tile. The deep tones of the wood and leather contrast beautifully with the luxurious, light neutral shades of the bedding. Splashes of color – from the rusts, reds and oranges found throughout the hotel to grayish blues and pale greens – are introduced in bolster pillows, chair coverings and other textiles. Modern conveniences are integrated seamlessly into the design of the rooms – even refrigerators and minibars are tucked into niches or built into dressers so that the hand-crafted feel of the furnishings is never compromised.

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