Design Stars of 2014

The best designed spaces worth visiting

High Roller

Most of Las Vegas’ new construction over the past decade has exchanged one casino tower for another. However, the High Roller at The Linq has transformed the Strip’s skyline, making an impact even on those who will never ride it. At 550 feet high, you can peer into the penthouse windows of neighboring casinos such as The Cromwell and Bellagio; color is also essential to the High Roller’s presence, with 2,000 LED lights pulsating in continually alternating patterns. The project was spearheaded by ARUP, a design and engineering firm that has worked on everything from the Sydney Opera House to the Singapore Flyer, which was the world’s tallest observation wheel until the High Roller opened. In The Linq

Delano Foyer

Delano Las Vegas is inspired by its location, but you’ll need to look beyond the neon and past the city limits to recognize it. The centerpiece of the valet entrance is an enormous split boulder from the Nevada desert that is millions of years old and weighs more than 100,000 pounds. Walk between the two halves into a space that combines rustic materials with sleek finishes and flows seamlessly from 3940 Coffee+Tea to the Franklin lounge to the check-in desk. An installation by Korean artist Jaehyo Lee is a constellation of tiny stones that echoes the giant one at the entrance and adds to the soothing, natural-luxe atmosphere.


This chic Champagne lounge takes inspiration from both its menu and location. The high ceilings and pale palette give the sensation of floating in a giant Champagne flute, while the bronze-and-glass design flourishes echo the style of Caesars Palace back when Ann-Margret was playing the showroom and Evel Knievel was jumping the fountains. Sir Elton John’s husband, David Furnish, is Fizz’s creative director, and the space is embellished with photography from the couple’s personal collection, including works by David LaChapelle and Steven Meisel. Designed by Todd-Avery Lenahan of TAL Studio, Fizz recently won the Nightclub, Bar and Lounge category at the annual Hospitality Design Awards. In Caesars Palace


Sometimes good design is about accepting that what’s there is better than what you could put in its place. At Giada, the star is the panoramic Strip view—from Caesars Palace’s statuary to the Bellagio Fountains—with giant retractable windows integrating the outdoors into the dining room. Adding a third dimension are pasta stations, a pizza oven and windows into the kitchen that give diners a preview of coming attractions. Chef Giada De Laurentiis and her husband, fashion designer Todd Thompson, worked with Los Angeles’ Studio Collective to create the space, which is also personalized with family photos and memorabilia from her grandfather Dino De Laurentiis’ films. In The Cromwell

Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

Designed by Philippe Starck, this carnivorously oriented restaurant’s cues were taken from the butcher shop and the hunting lodge. Bazaar Meat by José Andrés opens with a wall of pomo murals in the style of Frans Hals or Camille Corot, and a sleek front bar aglow with light and covered in abattoir-white tiles. The murals continue into the dining room, and the tile extends over a meat-carving station where guests can watch that lovely jamón ibérico go under the knife. Antler chandeliers and mounted silver crocodile heads hover over tables and comfortable, wide-backed chairs adorned with a variety of animal prints or paintings of beasts—smirking sheep, a dog in sunglasses. José Andrés may be serious about his food, but his décor is definitely whimsical. In SLS Las Vegas