Deeply Committed to Beautiful Design
As an environmental colorist, architect and interior designer, Eric Mandil – founder and managing principal of Mandil, Inc. – offers a rare blend of aesthetic yet pragmatic insight into the connection between design and color. By leveraging his signature holistic approach to architectural and interior design, Eric has helped transform Colorado’s residential (and commercial) design ideals into fresh and modern, yet timeless, environments. With an innate ability to anticipate the unforeseen details of complex design plans, Mandil enhances and integrates essential design elements with a financial and emotional impact in mind – to the consistent delight of builders and homeowners everywhere. Through careful study of the region’s history, landscape, atmospheric light and terrain, Eric’s specialized approach to color transmutes tired home projects and emerging new residential communities into much-loved environments where people can Jive, work, connect and play with ease.
In essence, Eric is passionate about creating notorious and beautiful spaces for people. His goal is to exceed expectations and please clients, but he does it because his work feeds his soul. When he has done something really exceptional and made a space into something better, he knows he has given back to the community and our planet. For Eric, there is nothing nobler than creating beauty. He doesn’t do fluff; he adds to the planet, rather than detracting from it. And, he’s at a point in his career where he wants to do beautiful things that people have never seen before, in an appropriate way of course.
Eric, who founded his Denver-based practice in 1980, creates award-winning interior and exterior architectural spaces, oversees his staff of four full-time employees, and the direction and design of all firm projects for clients. It all started as a young boy, when he used ceramic bathroom tiles to build cityscapes in his bedroom.
He went to the University of Maryland, College Park, to study architecture with additional training at the Catholic University School of Architecture’s semester abroad in Rome and The Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Fontainebleau, France. His studies taught him that architecture is not at all what he thought it would be. It is a grueling line of study, but Eric is not a quitter. After he completed his B.A. in Architecture, he had a three-year apprenticeship with an architecture firm and then started his own business.
Starting each day with meditation, architecture is a way of life for this Colorado-licensed architect. So, when he started his own business in Denver’s Lincoln Park neighborhood (where he still lives and works today), he incorporated the interior design aspect of architecture into his practice. It allows him to be more of an artful architect, rather than an engineering architect.
Eric’s list of projects is not only extensive, but impressive on multiple levels. In the area of environmental “coloration,” three-dimensional marketing concepts and the profitable application of color, he continues to advise builder-developers like Shea Homes, Century Communities and Wood Partners in Colorado, Alori Properties in Texas, Adair Homes, Wayne Homes, and Ryland Homes nationally.Eric is also responsible for the architectural interior design and coloration, of FAO Schwarz’ retail stores for Mattel Toys in New York City and Las Vegas and some of the most popular award-winning restaurants in Colorado-Barolo Grill, Radex, Papillion, Mel’s Bar & Grill, L’Chanteclair and L’Atelier, to name only a few. His impact on residential design has been featured in Colorado Homes and Lifestyles, Western Interiors, Traditional Home, Wyoming Homes and Living Magazine, and 5280-Denver’s lifestyle magazine. Eric has also earned numerous awards and acknowledgments for his restaurant, residential and sales office designs.
Eric’s transformational work is known for stimulating the eye, enlivening the human spirit, and shaping perceptual experience. By taking monotonous achromatic environments and infusing them with aliveness and character – he engages color as an attribute of form itself.
Deeply Committed to the Community Eric uses his professional skills to help cultivate the architectural heritage and future of Denver by serving as vice president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA RMC), while also beautifying the community in which he lives and works through both community projects and client work.
Since the chapter’s founding in 2009, Eric has been an avid supporter of the ICAA RMC through financial contributions and time volunteered, helping the chapter bring classical architecture and arts to the Denver community through public and member-only events including guest lectures, workshops and home tours. A founding board member, his work with the ICAA RMC also supports the development of educational programs and scholarships in classical architecture at the University of Colorado Denver. In 2013, Eric worked with two friends to develop a piece of land he owns into the Elati Neighborhood Garden. Recognized as a ‘?Everyday Hero” for the effort, the garden is in the heart of the historic Elati Street neighborhood. A gathering place and a producing vegetable/fruit garden, Eric wanted to give back to his community, providing a public space, rather than developing the land for profit.
Since 1989, Eric has served on the advisory council for the Arapahoe Community College of Colorado, specifically advising to the Interior Design Program. In addition to working with the board to advance the college, Eric is a guest teacher and speaker at the school. He also donated his time to design the class space for the Interior Design Program. Eric was instrumental in forming “The Vine” eight years ago, a new event at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC). A collaboration of development industry leaders and creative “artistic” types, this group now gathers each year to share ideas and inspire one another. Additionally, Eric served on the advisory board for the Denver Design District in the late 1990s when it was formally coming together to become what it is today.
Perhaps his first taste of giving back started when Eric was one of the first interns at the Smithsonian Institution, an experience that established his understanding of color and light by creating lighting design for exhibits. Having such a good experience with the intern program Jed to his parents forming a grant program that continues today, in support of the Smithsonian internship program.