Best Pop-Up Shop in a Museum - 2013
Design Within Denver
We loved the Denver Art Museum gift shop's nod to local designers when it displayed and sold Denver-made styles during the Yves Saint Laurent retrospective's run. But even more enduring is MCA Denver's shop-local-themed Design Within Denver series, which brings in changing trunk shows on selected Friday nights, giving local artists, designers, crafters and jewelry makers a chance to shine in a museum setting. Like the shop's own collection, Design Within Denver is carefully curated to appeal to the MCA's modern-art-loving constituents, mainly by presenting the shop's regular vendors and merchandise — from whimsical miniature diorama lockets by Becky's Buttons to the graphic hand-letterpressed stationery by Rick Griffith's Matter Studio — in a sharper focus. A boon during traditional gift-shopping seasons, the series benefits both eclectic and quirky artists and buyers looking for something different.