KTI wins awards for Guard and Grace design

Denver-based interior design firm KTI has won two American Society of Interior Designers Colorado Crystal Awards for the design of steakhouse Guard and Grace at 1801 California St. downtown.

KTI worked with Chef-Owner Troy Guard and his wife, Nikki, to design a modern steakhouse that is less masculine than traditional steakhouses found in Denver. The space is filled with natural light, clean lines and a sense of vibrancy.

"Our goal was to interpret Troy's vision of a modern progressive steakhouse with mountain and urban influences," says Kimberly Timmons-Beutner, Founder of KTI. "He wanted this to be the best-looking restaurant in town, recognized for the design as well as the food."

The centerpiece of the restaurant is the open kitchen, which creates a sense of transparency that is echoed in the large storefront windows. A glassed-in wine cellar holds more than 3,000 bottles of wine.

In addition to Guard and Grace, KTI has collaborated with Guard on TAG restaurant and Bubu, which opened July 17 in  Larimer Square.

Guard says he chose KTI again because of the quality of its work and the previous success they've had with his other restaurants.

"In the restaurant business, you don't get a second chance on design," Guard says. "You can make small changes, but you have to get it right."

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