The SLS Hotel & Casino just opened in Las Vegas over the weekend! At $415 Million it’s a beautifully sexy and sophisticated addition to the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. There’s so much being offered here, that it makes you wonder why you’d ever want to leave… ever.
While gaming is still a major component, it’s not the only draw for visitors. The list of top notch restaurants and nightclubs will make your head spin like a roulette wheel: Katsuya, designed by Philippe Stark, Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres, also designed by Stark, Cleo a mediterranean homage to glamorous Hollywood, Ku Noodle, Umami Burger – Beer Garden & Sports Book, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, The Griddle Cafe, The SLS Buffet, The Perq gourmet coffee bar, Life nightclub, Foxtail nightclub, Foxtail Pool Club, The Sayers Club, Monkey Bar, Center Bar and a 10,000 square foot rooftop space and pool called Beach Life.
If you’re not familiar with the SLS Hotel, it’s because there’s only a handful of them. There’s one in Beverly Hills on La Cienega at San Vicente, and another in South Beach Florida. I was enamored by my stay at the Beverly Hills SLS, and could’t get enough of Philippe Starck’s design. His impressive resume of hotels includes: The Royalton and Paramount Hotels in New York, the Delano in Miami, the Mondrian on LA’s Sunset Strip, the St. Martin’s Lane in London, Hotel Fassano in Rio de Janeiro… and so on. In 30 years he made quite an impression around the world, not to mentioned his work as a designer for household items manufacturer Alessi (see my earlier post) or wind turbines, bathroom fittings, floor and wall coverings, lighting.. you get the picture. He’s a gift from god and has shaped so much of how we view the world. I marvel at his creative output and am so thankful that he’s helped define artful living for a newer generation. That said, there was a steady stream of 60 and 70 year olds streaming in and out of the new SLS Hotel and Casino... I guess the word is out about Starck’s design and everyone wants a piece of it. It’ll be exciting to observe the evolution of the clientele in Vegas… will it only be a hotspot for millennial hipsters, or will the SLS revive the hipster in all of us. I choose the latter, sublime design knows no age limitation.
I’ve been a fan of Alessi and their Artful Luxury for Daily Living since the 1980’s. Why? Because lets be honest, the Italians do it best when it comes to high quality design. They’re always on the forefront of cutting edge design, from exquisite furniture to expensive sports cars, setting the trend for others to follow. Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, you’ve heard of those cars, right? And what about the furniture of Roche Bobois, B&B Italia and Kartell… Italian is synonyms with passion.
Alessi began almost 100 years ago in 1921 when Giovanni Alessi, along with his brother, founded FAO. Giovanni’s eldest son Carlo joined the already highly regarded company in 1932. From the mid 1930’s to 1945, Carlo designed the majority of their collections. In 1970 the founders grandson Alberto joined the company and laid the foundation for ‘Alessi’ as we know it today, becoming one of the ‘Factories of Italian Design’.
So why is all of this history important? Because this is part of what you’re paying for when you purchase one of their products. I began collecting their pieces over 25 years ago in the post-modern era of the 1980’s. My pieces still look as amazing today as the day I bought them, which is why I’m such a huge fan of their work. They were ahead of there time then, therefore, they never look dated. Simple. Stunning. Modern. And to keep their company on the forefront of design, they partner with established designers and architects from around the world to create new artful fashion forward lines. There’s an old saying, you get what you pay for, and nothing could be truer when it comes to Alessi. They’re not a company of knock-offs, they’re the real deal, setting the bar for others to reach.
As some of you know, I’m a relatively new blogger. Therefore, I was a bit apprehensive about walking into their store unannounced at 313 N. Robertson with hopes of taking photos. Fortunately, the staff their was very cool and very kind and let me have at it with my little iphone. While I have some established favorites, it was very exciting to see some of their new merchandise. I’d rather have fewer things of high quality, than lots of cheap stuff. In a world where less is more… I can never have to much Alessi. To quote Arnold… I’ll be back.