View from the Top
Larry Mueller is not your average businessman. Raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm, he climbed the ranks at IBM before going on to establish, take public and eventually sell one of the fastest growing software firms in the nation. Yet most Denverites know Mueller as the charismatic powerhouse behind exclusive private equity fund Cuvée Ventures. With luxury properties in the likes of Tuscany, St. Barths, Los Cabos, Manhattan, Aspen and Hawaii to name but a few, Cuvée Escapes’ (the fund’s boutique travel company) properties are the undoubted crown jewels of their respective destinations. And so it should come as no surprise that when Mueller and his wife, Mary Kay, decided to trade in their Washington Park lifestyle for downtown living, they went straight to the top – of the Four Seasons Tower to be exact. What began as a blank canvas was transformed into one of the city’s finest penthouse residences that like Mueller, is anything but predictable.
Mueller and his Cuvée design team reinvented the home’s main living space into an open great room that takes full advantage of the stunning views. Rounded columns allowed for a linear design in the rest of the room, and what was intended as a dining space was transformed into an area for cocktails and conversation.
Mueller adapted the home’s original layout to create a formal dining space for family and guests to linger over long meals and good wine. Artwork by Dale Chihuly perfectly appoints the space.
A custom mantle plays off the natural elements with a stone that flows perfectly with the mountain landscape seen through the floor to ceiling windows.
A media room with custom Ralph Lauren upholstered walls offers a cozy respite for unwinding in the midst of several thoughtfully curated art pieces.
A custom curved-glass wine room adjacent to the expansive kitchen serves as both art and accoutrement for the homeowner’s vast collection of varietals. “The presentation of wine is like a piece of art. We wanted it to be accessible in our home but also beautiful to look at.”
A home office where Mueller can keep up with business was carefully designed to take advantage of the floor to ceiling views, while a bespoke wallcovering created to mimic the look of Aspen trees adds an organic sense of style to the room.
A room with a view indeed. The home’s master flows into a well designed-outdoor living space ideal for both morning coffee and sunset views. Inside, rich furnishings and textiles complement the custom paint application that adds both warmth and depth to the space. Elsewhere, a barn door not only maximizes space and adds visual interest, but also pays homage to Mueller’s farming roots.
The home’s two guest suites offer views of Denver amidst many of the same amenities Mueller’s Cuvée clients have come to appreciate – a custom coffee station, five-piece bath, sitting area and fine furnishings. In this space, a local artist has created an incredibly detailed custom paint treatment that adds texture and dimension to the room’s design.
One of the home’s many outdoor living spaces, the patio boasts perhaps the city’s best views from the privacy of the Mueller’s personal residence. An outdoor television, sound system and water feature add to the ambiance, as does a rooftop garden.
The Muellers are oenophiles in every sense, even growing and bottling their own varietal, Cuvée Lorenzo, on the grounds of the company’s Tuscan farmhouse.
Mueller designed the entryway with a dramatic curved stone wall and custom art installation that mimics fallen raindrops. “The lighting in the entry was very important to us, as we wanted to highlight the custom stonework and art. We also wanted to use curvature in this space to balance out the linear design in other areas of the home.”
Photos by Jensen Sutta
Design by Mary Kay + Larry Mueller and Cheryl Lucas, Cuvée Escapes