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Meet Eric Mandil of Mandil in Lincoln Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Mandil.

Eric, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I founded my Denver-based practice in 1980, and today, oversee a staff of 12 employees, and the direction and design of the firm’s projects for clients. It all started as a young boy when I used ceramic bathroom tiles to build cityscapes in my bedroom. Years later, I found myself as one of the first interns at the Smithsonian Institution, an experience that established my understanding of color and light by creating lighting design for exhibits.

Starting each day with meditation, architecture is a way of life to the extent that when I started my own business in Denver’s Lincoln Park neighborhood (where I still live and work today), I incorporated the interior design aspect of architecture into my practice. It allows me to be more of an artful architect, rather than an engineering architect.

This practice has allowed me to work with homeowners and companies throughout metro Denver to set the stage for their home – be it family, entertaining, or simple enjoyment of life – or business. I am grateful to bring their passions and interests to fruition through architecture, interior design, and color.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a windy road over the years, with a few potholes that needed to be filled along the way.

Growing the business from one person to mid-sized has presented several challenges. One of which was learning about business finance. If that is not attended to and nurtured, a company cannot grow and survive. My passion is to create, but learning the art of the business was just as important as creating a product.

Another piece that came with the evolution of the business is constantly working to communicate well with staff, clients and contractors. This is a major effort essential to keep any project positive and moving forward. And, as a service business, the client is always right. There is a lot of skill needed to navigate those conversations!

While I have gained more confidence through the experience of these challenges, they still remain. A challenge that hasn’t changed much – conquering the fear of failure. Along those lines, I don’t assume anything and don’t take anything (or anyone) for granted.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Mandil – what should we know?
Mandil Inc. works with home builders and owners, marketers, and architects to make streetscapes, communities, and homes across the country livable and memorable. By blending architecture, color, strategic branding, and interior design, Mandil’s team increases profitability for clients and provides them with a competitive differentiator. Our team sets the stage set for clients’ lives, business or community, applying classic design principles to projects ranging from Stapleton to The Landmark, Indulge Bistro to HW Home, and custom residences to original bungalows.

For several years, we have been working with affordable home building companies to create classic housing, as well as working with Volunteers of America on housing for our most vulnerable population – the elderly and homeless. After nearly 30 years in this industry, I am dedicated to proving that good design that is classically beautiful, meaning good structure and the right proportions, can be affordable and should be made available to the masses.

We are known for and proud of creating unique spaces that are unlike any other. There is no replication of one project to another, taking the time to truly define each client’s style, address their specific needs and formulate a timeless look. In the end, it’s about creating beautiful work – whether it’s for an affordable housing project or a high-end residential home. That’s the practice and where our craftsmanship comes in.

We are also color specialists, for interiors and exteriors, taking an environmental approach. You want your home or business to stand out, but in way that is beautiful by complimenting the natural and built environment surrounding the structure.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Integrity on all levels and the creation of beauty. There is nothing more noble than creating beauty. Whatever we do, we do it well and with integrity.

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