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February 18, 2014

KBIS 2014 – from Brooke Eversoll

This year KBIS was in Las Vegas, the city of lights. My favorite part was a tour of 3 penthouses located in the Mandarin Oriental on the Vegas strip. We visited 3 units on the 43rd, 46th, and 47th floors. The units overlooked the lights for some of the best views of the city. Corner windows where glass came together at a sharp angle, brought us up close and personal to the view. Floor to ceiling windows bringing us eye level with the sky.

Each unit boasted Poggenpohl and Subzero Wolf kitchens in sleek, unfussy spaces that blended seamlessly into the modern and stylish décor of each unit. Tone on tone cabinets, countertops and backsplashes enhanced the units focus: the spaces and shapes. These kitchens were extensions of the modern styling of the homes.

Each of the bathrooms featured walk-in showers with full slab granite walls. 

The natural stone was a work of art all it’s own. The showers had seamless entries (no step to stumble over), no glass and no curtain. We were all trying to dissect how they got the giants slabs of granite into the spaces, looking for seams. They must have installed the walls and then built the shower around them. Some of the bathrooms had large freestanding soaking tubs that overlooked the stunning views and lights.

The décor was monotone and sleek. Color schemes of greys, whites, blacks, and neutrals allowed the views and art to shine.

Some of my favorite details were the artwork. The beautiful images by Peter Lik (photographer) brought color, vibrancy, and nature into the spaces. Along with Chihuly glass sculpture that added some organic curves to the harsh strong lines of the spaces. The Peter Lik image I enjoyed the most was an image of water with a lone, abandoned boat floating on a sea of liquid glass. 

And of course, the show stopper, a series of 5 panels of a Canyon of pinks and oranges located down a long hall. It really shows how important art is to the overall feel of a space.

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