More is more?

So I went to Las Vegas over the last weekend, it was a present from my amazing boyfriend for graduating in graphic design. The present was extravagant which was only the tip of the extravagant iceberg. I had never been to Vegas before and I was floored by the amount of detail put into each hotel. We stayed at the Luxor which is a giant pyramid with a beam of light coming out the top that is so bright, you could read a newspaper with it as your nightlight 10 miles into space! Of course the inside of the pyramid had Egyptian statues everywhere, a small Egyptian city as the theatre/showroom, a large replica of the Sphinx towers over you as you enter the hotel/casino and finally the Luxor sign is on a giant obelisk. Add all this Egyptian paraphernalia to all the blinking, neon coloured lights of slot machines, a Mexican themed restaurant with a mariachi band playing, Bodies the exhibition and Titanic artifacts and you’d think it would be gaudy as ever. But somehow they pull it off. And every hotel we went into all down the strip was the same. Overbearing themes, huge lengths were taken to replicate the city of Paris, Venice, New York and much more. How do these hotels pull off looking classy with the statue of David right next to drunk old ladies pulling slots? It makes me wonder if when you’re in Vegas extravagance is so much the norm that it just goes. Would these hotels and casinos be well designed anywhere else or would they be over-designed? We’re always warned to design with purpose and decorated later. I think Vegas has the opposite rules. But I’m not complaining, I’m just wondering how they get away with it!

Luxor

Glass blown flowers at the Bellagio:

Bellagio Glass Flowers

Harrahs:

Harrahs

Harrahs Ceiling

MGM Grand by day

It took a while for this interesting shade of turquoise to grow on me...

MGM Grand by night

Caesars Palace:

David is all dressed up
And you thought he was eternally naked…

Caesars Palace Casino

This about sums it up:
Las Vegas
If anyone could ever pull off a design close to this in a non-Vegas setting they would probably be crowned the Very Dandy King in my books.
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