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Mile-and-a-half High Design

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8,000 feet later, we’re safely sequestered among the aspen trees at the ultimate modernist mountain retreat, Aspen Meadows Resort, home to the Aspen Design Summit. All Summit aside, this resort makes us feel like we’re in 1953, when Herbert Bayer was commissioned to create a Bauhaus wonderland, with clean white walls, blonde wood, and too many sweet fluorescent geometric prints to count (most by Bayer). We could live here.

A newer wing on the main building was built by Aspen architect Harry Teague, who describes himself as the local raconteur; after a drink with him the other night, we’ll agree. Teague also created the second generation of Bayer’s original tent which housed the Aspen Design Conference in its early days (1951 was the first year), which also had improvements from a certain Mr. Eero Saarinen. Oh yeah, and that dome you see over to the right? Bucky Fuller.

The grounds continue to generate world-class art, architecture and sculpture with a new building by Jeff Berkus and a new sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy in the works. Like we said, we’re moving here.

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