Clearly visible from I-25 — just like the sign of the spot's former occupant, Pagliacci's — the Lumina building at West 33rd Avenue and Navajo Street is an eye-catcher. Unlike much of the clunky, boxy architecture that has sprung up around the city over the last half-decade, Lumina stands out with its rounded edges and patterned aluminum screens encasing the structure. The sleek exterior has complementary interior elements to match, thanks in part to a collaboration with local vintage and contemporary home furnishings showroom Mod Livin'.
Potential tenants visiting the building are able to take a look at Lumina living through the eyes of Mod Livin', which has furnished a model unit on the third floor. And Mod Livin' has also set up shop in one of the unoccupied retail spaces on the ground floor, where it is operating a pop-up boutique stocked with a rotating selection of merchandise through June 26.
The collection of couches, chairs, dining sets and more is a circulating supply that changes often, but its base comes from three of Mod Livin's most popular modern brands: Blu Dot out of Minneapolis, Gus Modern from Toronto and Moderica in Los Angeles. Like its home showroom on East Colfax Avenue, this mini-version also features one-of-a-kind vintage furniture and accessories — and constantly switching up bits and pieces of inventory. "Our goal is to keep it new, keep it fresh and keep it moving," says Mod Livin's Amanda Lezan.
Like its next-door neighbor Base Coat Nail Salon, the Mod Livin' temporary boutique is awash in natural light, thanks to soaring windows that run floor-to-ceiling on one side. But upstairs in the Lumina model unit is where Mod Livin's interior decorating options really shine — seeing the furniture within the context of a modern dwelling gives it life (and yes, these items are for sale as well). "We're constantly moving things around as we sell them, so the look changes in that space, too," says Lezan.
The Mod Livin' pop-up showroom is located on the ground floor of the Lumina on Denver's north side; the temporary shop is open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through June 26. Mod Livin' also has a full service showroom on East Colfax. For more information on the shop and the furniture and accessory companies showcased at the temporary boutique, visit Mod Livin's website; for more on Lumina and its retail and rental units, visit the building's website.
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