BROOK­LYN BRIDGE

A NEW YORK RESTAU­RANT DE­SIGNER DUO TAKES ON ITS FIRST RES­I­DENCE AND PUTS A NEW SPIN ON “DESERT MOD­ERN.”

Vegas Magazine - - Contents - BY JESSI C. ACUÑA

A New York restau­rant de­signer duo takes on its first residences and puts a new spin on “desert mod­ern.”

Las Ve­gas is a city built on rein­ven­tion, so it makes per­fect sense to join the clas­sic, mid­cen­tury mod­ern aes­thetic of Palm Springs and Las Ve­gas with de­signs from an in­flu­en­tial, con­tem­po­rary Brook­lyn-based brother duo. In fact, the un­likely marriage works per­fectly in the Down­town pent­house of James Wei­d­ner, man­ag­ing part­ner of Lucky Dragon Las Ve­gas and found­ing part­ner of Nicaragua fur­ni­ture man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity Maderas Col­lec­tive. Lo­cated in the Soho Lofts, what be­gan as a skele­ton space lack­ing most stan­dard liv­ing ne­ces­si­ties be­yond a roof is now puts a new spin on the desert mod­ern aes­thetic in the city.

“I al­ways loved Palm Springs; I love the Frank Si­na­tra house,” Wei­d­ner says. With that mid-mod aes­thetic serv­ing as in­spi­ra­tion for the de­sign, he re­cruited Evan and Oliver Haslegrave of Home Stu­dios in Green­point, Brook­lyn (home­s­tu­dios.nyc), who he’d orig­i­nally met when con­sid­er­ing their ideas for a lo­cal bar. The Hasle­graves, well known for mas­ter­ing the BK vibe of many of their neigh­bor­hood wa­ter­ing holes, first met Wei­d­ner at Elsa—their first com­mer­cial project. Lo­cated in Man­hat­tan’s East Vil­lage, it was mod­eled af­ter a fash­ion de­signer’s work­room, warmly in­dus­trial with its Edi­son light­bulbs and a quirky beer tap built into a sewing ma­chine. That was 2009, around the time Wei­d­ner had be­gun look­ing for a per­ma­nent res­i­dence—he spends the bulk of his year trav­el­ing.

Un­able to set­tle on the right space, the nat­u­ral tran­si­tion was to Wei­d­ner’s newly ac­quired Down­town spot. And with that came the Haslegrave’s first res­i­den­tial project. “Al­though we pre­dom­i­nantly work on hos­pi­tal­ity projects, we are in­ter­ested in res­i­den­tial and re­tail as well for the dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties they of­fer,” Oliver says adding, “James was a dream client who trusted our aes­thetic sen­si­bil­i­ties and was open to some fun ex­per­i­men­tal ideas.”

For the Hasle­graves, a new take on desert style meant a min­i­mal ap­proach, clean ge­om­e­try and el­e­men­tal materials. Wei­d­ner ap­proved, not only be­cause of his fa­mil­iar­ity with their work in New York but also in part be­cause the broth­ers have worked with Maderas Col­lec­tive. The cus­tom fur­ni­ture and mill­work, all de­signed by the Hasle­graves, were crafted at Maderas.

“James’s loft is a great ex­am­ple of their work,” Dave Gross­man, CEO of Maderas Col­lec­tive, says. “They de­signed every­thing from top to bot­tom, and we worked on it from the start with them in nail­ing ev­ery lit­tle de­tail.” The home be­came a fu­sion of Haslegrave’s sta­ples—materials like wood, tile, plas­ter, con­crete, steel, cop­per— and the mid­cen­tury mod­ern look Wei­d­ner de­sired. This in­cludes that desert feel, which is re­flected through the muted tones and best seen in the cen­tral liv­ing space with its dou­ble height ceil­ings, over­sized win­dows, sec­ond floor of­fice/ bal­cony and re­strained ma­te­rial palette. Oliver calls this the es­sen­tial desert mod­ern aes­thetic for “en­ter­tain­ing, glam­our, and metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail.”

“With such an awe-in­spir­ing view of the Las Ve­gas Strip,” he adds, “we wanted this space to be a van­tage point to ob­serve the mag­i­cal and in­tense world through the win­dow, and also to have that world be part of the interior.”

“WE WANTED THIS SPACE TO BE A VAN­TAGE POINT TO OB­SERVE THE IN­TENSE AND MAG­I­CAL WORLD, AND TO HAVE IT BE PART OF THE INTERIOR.”— OLIVER HASLEGRAVE

66 Heaven or Las Ve­gas? A Down­town pent­house gets a worldly over­haul.

LEFT: Oliver and Evan Haslegrave of New York’s Home Stu­dios took on James Wei­d­ner’s gray shell pent­house as their first res­i­den­tial project. ABOVE: Cus­tom fur­ni­ture de­signs by Home Stu­dios in this Soho Lofts pent­house were fab­ri­cated by Nicaragua’s Maderas Col­lec­tive.

CLOCK­WISE: Cus­tom mill­work fronts the cab­i­nets in the mas­ter bath; cus­tom fur­ni­ture pro­vides a cozy nook on the pick­led wood floor­ing under a stair­case; desert mod­ern de­sign calls for suc­cu­lents; a view from the home’s Great Room.

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