BECAUSE SOMEONE HAD TO BE OUR FIRST . . .
You don’t hit 25 years without a lot of firsts: many adventures, new (and now decades-long) relationships, exciting first launches.
We love our work, our team, our clients – and the lasting legacies we’ve created together over the years. From the start, Korn Design has always been about firsts, boldly jumping into new territory and finding the essence of great possibility. What better way to kick off our celebration than to share a few firsts with you . . .
1997-2017 – Our First Restaurant: VESTA, 20 years + counting!
Two decades later and two brand launches in . . . Vesta has won a coveted spot as one of Denver’s most beloved restaurants and a special place in the heart and history of Korn Design. Located in the heart of Denver’s downtown evolution, Vesta continues to shine and reflect Josh’s vision, passion and commitment to leading hospitality and community, making us proud. View Project >
1998 – Our First Independent Hotel: The Charles Hotel
Korn Design owes our first entré into the hospitality industry to Darren Messina, a high-school colleague of Denise, who introduced us to Dick Friedman in 1997. A relationship that now spans over two decades and originated with our work with Dick on behalf of The Charles Hotel. It was here, at The Charles Hotel, that she thinks of as earning her PHD in hospitality and Korn gained a visionary client and true creative partner. View Project >
2007 – Our First James Beard Award: The Corner Office
So then there was Pete. Peter Karpinski joined Sage Hospitality in 2005 to launch the new Sage Restaurant Group (SRG). We instantly hit it off and started creating together. The Corner Office was our first restaurant concept for SRG. With humble honesty, if you would have ever told me that this crazy, sexy, fun restaurant bar concept that we drummed up together would get the notice of the James Beard Foundation I might have giggled. When they announced that we had won for The Corner Office complete shock ensued . . . I grabbed Javier’s hand and pulled him up on the stage with me to accept our award. Completely unprepared is simply said, “I guess sex sells. Thank you! View Project >
2009 – Rebranding our First Ballet Company: Boston Ballet
With a long love of dance and a huge heart for celebrating the performing arts in Boston we embraced the opportunity to relaunch the Boston Ballet brand in 2009. With Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen injecting the company with new energy, creative freedom and an eye on firmly securing a place on the world’s stage for Boston Ballet, the time was right to set this pivotal work into motion. The rest is history, most importantly we taught Boston and the world to “RETHINK Ballet” and make it more accessible to everyone. View Project >
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