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Associates III Interior Design

USGBC member

1516 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202


Service area: 200 miles

Service Area: Colorado, and the Rocky Mountain region, and USA.


Responsible Interiors:
At Associates III creating superb interior designs with a sustainable design philosophy is our area of expertise. We have the flexibility to create exclusive designs at the highest level of customization, to work closely with local artisans to craft distinctive furniture designs, or to simply offer a few hours of consultation.

Transforming interiors into home for 40 years, we are the premier interior design firm of Colorado. Our passion? To bring your vision to life by creating spaces that are as healthy, earth-friendly and life-enhancing as they are beautiful.

On each project we are motivated to create designs appropriate for our clients that meet traditional goals – their needs, budget, and aesthetics – while also giving back more than we take from the surrounding environment. Working with the entire project team – client, architect, builder and consultants – we value and support a collaborative approach, utilizing team members' strengths and expertise. We excel at the details, from thorough construction documentation to impeccable follow up on any loose ends.

We offer comprehensive turnkey interior design services, and are well organized to support our clients every step of the way. Through an integrated team approach we help focus, maintain, and carry out the goals for each project. From the project’s onset we are able to fully adapt our services to its specific needs. This can include:

Comprehensive turn-key design
• Analyze architectural plans and help develop interior architectural spaces.
• Realize schematic design concepts.
• Research, design and selection of custom interior building finishes.
• Design development of interior finish materials and detailing.
• Preparation of interior finish schedules, construction drawings and documentation.
• Coordinate with contractors and subcontractors to ensure designs are executed fully.
Indispensible finishing touches
• Create space planning options to reveal best furniture placement.
• Research and design of custom interior furnishings, antiques and collectibles.
• Select furnishings, including upholstery, fabrics, area rugs, windowcoverings and wallcoverings.
• Assist with acquisition of art, accessories, table and kitchenware, bath and kitchen linens.
• Provide procurement services, coordinate installation and follow through.
Impeccable service


Greening Projects:
Before the advent of LEED in the residential marketplace, Associates III developed their own green checklist to motivate their clients to embrace sustaining principles. Since then, we completed the Natural Dream Home, a LEED for Homes Pilot project, showcased in Mountain Living Magazine during 2008-2009, and have been involved in 5 or 6 more custom homes seeking LEED for Homes certification.

We Wrote the Book:
Associate III’s substantial book, Sustainable Residential Interiors (Wiley & Sons, 2007), has become the go-to resource guide for residential sustainability and was awarded the 2008 Joel Polsky Prize by the ASID Foundation for its innovative subject matter.

Associates III has won many design awards, including Best Sustainable Residences in 2004, 2005 and 2009 from the ASID Colorado Chapter’s Interior Design Awards and was featured in Interiors and Sources magazine as one on the Best Firms to Work For in 2003 and 2005.


Experience and Expertise:
Associates III’s work as an environmental advocate and leader in the world of design has been acknowledged in such publications as Andrew Martin’s Design Review, ASID’s Icon, ED+C, Interiors & Sources, LUXE, Mountain Living, Natural Home, and Sources & Design. Associates III are authors of the highly acclaimed and inspiring resource go-to guide on residential sustainability, Sustainable Residential Interiors (Wiley & Sons, 2007), which was awarded the Joel Polsky Prize by ASID in 2008 for its innovative subject matter.

Owner & Principal Designer, Kari Foster, is a member of the Sustainability Furniture Council, and a certified GREENLeader. LEED AP’s include Amy DePierre, Debbie Hindman, Natalie Lynch and Renee Keller. Debbie Hindman is Marketing Manager and an Adjunct faculty member at CIDA accredited Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, where she teaches Green Design to the next generation of interior designers. An active researcher, she has co-edited several publications, including four editions of the “Sustainable Design Resource Guide for Colorado & the Western Mountain Region”, an AIA/ADPSR publication, between 1994 and 2004.

Associates III's Mission: Inspiring change…toward restorative design.

Vision: Creating beautiful, healthy, responsible and nurturing interiors while elevating environmental awareness.

Celebrating 40 years!
Associates III opened its doors for business in 1971. Many years ago we made a conscious decision to remain a small, heartfelt company. The firm is always growing through increasing knowledge of new technology and the latest sustainability guidelines. From the start, Associates III has had green leanings and was involved in the 70s solar movement and alternative design. In the 1990s the company unanimously decided to focus on sustainable design, and focused on greening the different areas of our business – from our workplace, to our specifications, to working with our consultants and manufacturers.

With full commitment, the firm incorporates sustainability in every project it takes on. Environmental and social responsibility is the core of the company, and informs the team’s actions both professionally and personally. For projects, Associates III selects finishes and furnishings with a host of criteria in mind that ultimately contribute to healthy and sustainable designs. Their office houses the most extensive residential eco-library to be found and showcases eco-friendly and recycled finish materials.

Sustainable Residential Interiors, our book, continues to lead the way in eco-friendly interior design practices.

U.S. Green Building Council Member
U.S. Green Building Council Member

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