Design inspiration from the Las Vegas Design Market


Last week I lost my Las Vegas Design Market virginity.  It was my first time. And, wow, was it good. So good that sometimes what happens in Vegas must not stay in Vegas. Especially when it’s perfect fodder for a design blog post!




During the trip, I was lucky enough to stay in a house that was so fancy it felt more French castle than Henderson, Nevada. (Thank you J.T. and S.H.!)







It had an outdoor swing that was custom-built (as in the reeds were gathered, soaked, and woven into the basket you see below) to look like a hot air balloon. Uh huh.





Hot Air Balloon chair





And a sofa upholstered in this fabulous fabric. Oh yeah.






Sofa fabric





But enough about the amazing house.





Let’s get on with the show!




I must admit, I felt kinda swanky walking through the front door to the LV Design Center. I mean, just look at that peacock on the glass. Need I say more?




There were three buildings with many, many floors each of which was filled, especially for the show, with design showrooms. It was so tiring, apparently my mind erased how many floors there actually were. Let’s just say we walked from 10 am to 6 pm, non-stop, two days in a row. The glamorous life of a designer. Not.





Las Vegas Design Center





Inside, there were round mirrors o’ plenty. Round mirror trend alert!





Round Wood Mirror




These two sucked me in and I ordered them. Like a Vegas memento. And a reward for all that trudging–I mean walking!





Round mirrors




Sputnik chandeliers (or “Spoot-nik” as my mom recently corrected; Bolshoe spasibo, mom.) are also A THING.





Sputnik chandelier



Antler this and that, (loose antlers, antler mirrors, antler chandeliers, and antlers attached to to the heads of their previously alive owners), were ubiquitous.




I did find this mirror beautiful, and all the more so, when I convinced myself it was made from antlers that had fallen, naturally.




Antler room




Do you have a wood plank wall, yet?



As cool as a distressed wood plank wall looks–I love that they’re almost always made from reclaimed wood and offer a rugged, organic look over something that’s sleek, smooth, and sterile–I have to wonder, are these for us what the wood panel wall was in the 70s? You know, the wood panel wall that everyone grimaces at today and can’t wait to take a paint roller and some white paint to?




Plank wall




There was some pretty stuff…






Bliss Studio SignThis was just a sign outside a showroom, but I thought it was too beautiful not to capture and share.






This wall would be easy enough to recreate for instant “wallpaper” on the cheap.






Abstract wallpaper





Feather chandelier fitted with a bulb that changes colors, anyone?






Feather lights





I loved the simplicity of this line drawing and, of course, that it was of a dog.





Dog drawing on wallThis would be a nice touch in a kid’s room.





Here was the perfect two-in-one: the clever bookshelf chair.





Bookshelf chair





But if you want a little more b-b-b-b-bling in your chair…





Circular ChairThis chair comes with a diamante’ option–the salesperson told me so! I guess she thought I loved the chair, not that I was posing in it because I thought it was so over-the-top crazy.





Or maybe a cradle rocking bed is more your style…





Okay, for a rock star client (Note to self: must get one of those!) this would be kind of perfect, no?





Cradle Bed





There were quirky things.






Backwards booksAnd the award goes to this display for Least Practical Way to Store Books, Ever! (But it did look very cool.)





I have a client who I think, I think, I think might have this wallpaper installed in her office. I hope so! I love it.





Book wallpaper





And there were odd things. Things that made you say, “Huh?”




Like this…





Racoons taxidermy




And this…





Horse lamp




And this…





Gold banana




And even this….





Horse tableNote the human leg pedestal table in the background.





Some stuff was a little dark. No I don’t mean the ten thousand hanging lights or the sparking geodes (oh yeah, geodes are also A THING; if you want to be on-trend, you must get a smattering for your desk, coffee table, bookshelf, or entry table. Like yesterday or at least by tomorrow).





Snake wallpaper




No, I meant dark as in this creepy snake wallpaper.





Snake wallpaper detail





Some things fell into the category of, “Now who would buy that?”





Yellow bling chair





Others fell into, “Wow!”





Figure sculptureThis was a “Wow”. So was the wall behind “him”.




And others fell into…well, you tell me…





Toilet seatThis chair was on display by the escalator and wore tags like it was a totally legit piece of merchandise.





We happened to sit down at a snack table where Amy Yancey of Flipping Vegas, and her architect, Darryl, were sitting. We all started talking and they were extremely nice and down-to-earth.





Amy Flipping VegasCelebrity selfie.





Since a trip to Vegas is not complete without venturing out to The Strip, we headed there and witnessed some good design in the Ladies’ Room in the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.






Paris bathroomThose were some fancy Kohler sinks. Ooh la la.




But, by far, I thought the most design “eye candy” was had at The Cosmopolitan.




Even their sign in their parking garage was exciting.





Cosmopolitan Las VegasThose letters were at least as tall as a professional basketball player.





The entrance to their China Poblano Chinese/Mexican (?) food restaurant took “making an entrance” to a whole new level.






Poblano Las Vegas





The dog sculptures at The Cosmopolitan weren’t bad either.






Dog sculpture CosmopolitanJust look at that carpet! That wall pattern!






But the three-story chandelier for the aptly named The Chandelier Lounge…had us at “three-story chandelier”.







Cosmopolitan chandelier




How about you? Are you seeing antlers, geodes and distressed plank walls EVERYWHERE? But not snake wallpaper, gilded bananas and toilet armchairs, right? At least, I hope not!


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6 Comments on Design inspiration from the Las Vegas Design Market

  1. Maureen
    August 7, 2014 at 5:15 AM (7 years ago)

    What a great treat to “see” a Las Vegas design center through your lens! And you did all the walking,bless your heart. Trust wedding plans are all coming together and your front garden vegetables are thriving.

    • Kisha Gianni
      August 7, 2014 at 10:56 AM (7 years ago)

      Thanks! The wedding plans are now at the top of the To Do list–which means the veggies could use some TLC! 🙂

  2. jen
    August 7, 2014 at 5:52 AM (7 years ago)

    I want a gilded banana! How fun. What a great trip.

    • Kisha Gianni
      August 7, 2014 at 11:01 AM (7 years ago)

      Duly noted. Future birthday present.

  3. Mom
    August 7, 2014 at 10:24 AM (7 years ago)

    I actually liked the snake wallpaper. Go figure. Not that I’d want it on a wall, I just think it’s kinda beautiful in an odd way.

    • Kisha Gianni
      August 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM (7 years ago)

      Except the drawing of the one snake looks as though you can see its innards. What’s creepier than snake wallpaper? X Ray snake wallpaper! At least they didn’t pencil in a mouse in its tummy.


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