Our favorite spaces of the year, from a new commercial building on the Platte River to a teahouse perfect for Colorado’s clime. It’s a great time to be a design fan. Thanks to Instagram, Pinterest, and cable TV, we’ve got more gorgeous rooms than we could look at in a lifetime—and expert tips to help us get the look—right at our fingertips. But with the same modern farmhouse kitchen popping up on the feeds of viewers from Cleveland to Fresno, it’s no wonder that design these days has become rather, well, homogenous. That’s why we’re especially proud to represent a community of design pros who dare to create spaces that say more about the people who live and work in them than about what’s trendy now. For this issue, we pored over portfolios to find the best examples of forward-thinking design for your home and office (and because this is sunny Colorado, your outdoor space, too). We can’t wait to share our finds with you. Anyone who spends her days in an office building knows the lingo: cube, desk, conference room, kitchen (if you’re lucky). But in this 138,000-square-foot new commercial building on Platte Street, the spaces are a little less conventional: There’s the Nest, ...