Ask interior designer Daun Curry for three words describing Las Vegas, and she won’t bat an eye.
It’s all about curiosity, adventure and glamour, says the New York-based creative director of the firm that bears her name.
So when the Cosmopolitan resort hotel asked to design seven penthouses, each between 3,500 and 5,000 square feet, she knew exactly what to do.
“They’re competing with other high-end brands,” she says. “And I had some classical ideas – a little bit of restraint, while there are moments of fantasy and glamour.”
These are no ordinary penthouses, she’s quick to add. “They’re for the high rollers – you can’t request or pay for one,” she says. “They wanted these rooms to be really highly designed, like a home away from home where people can stay as long as they want to gamble.”
The resort hotel sought out three firms to design 21 penthouse suites. Two came from New York, and one from London. “So the high rollers can have different experiences in each,” she says. “If they get lucky in one room, they can keep it – or they can change.”
The assignment, though, was for a home-like feeling. “They said they wanted something new, not the typical high-end design for players, and a residential feeling in the room,” she says.
Curry spared little expense, seeking out Murano glass from Venice, custom furniture-makers from New York and other artisans from New Orleans. “We really wanted a high level of layering with material – a warm, homey feeling with wood like oak and walnut with a live edge, and then bronze,” she says. “We tried not to buy things off the shelf – and there were a lot of collaborations.”
As for her color palette, she was influenced by an initial helicopter tour from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. “The desert is so beautiful with natural colors – reds, ochres and coriander,” she says. “And Vegas just morphed out of that, all gold and glittering from a birds-eye view.”
So each penthouse has a 360-degree view of it all – for a sense of curiosity, adventure and glamour.
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Photography by Matthew Sandager.