Long, lux­u­ri­ous pools stretch from Wynn Palace Gar­den Vil­las.

The rooms and vil­las of Wynn Palace are filled with rev­er­ence for Eastern his­tory and sym­bol­ism, Western joie de vivre, and Wynn’s own ex­u­ber­ant fu­sion of the two.

Wynn Magazine - - CONTENTS - by Mark Ell­wood

China’s last em­peror, the Qing dy­nasty’s puyi, trea­sured a beau­ti­ful teacup—an an­tique master­piece of clas­si­cal im­pe­rial Chi­nese artistry that Wynn De­sign & De­vel­op­ment ex­ec­u­tive Vice pres­i­dent roger thomas en­coun­tered as he be­gan con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing the Wynn palace in­te­ri­ors some five years ago. the col­ors of the stun­ningly crafted cup are es­pe­cially ar­rest­ing: the sur­face is a riot of vivid hues—pea­cock blue, man­darin orange, and bright marigold swirled to­gether in an in­tri­cate pat­tern. each guest room at Wynn palace nods to that royal trea­sure by em­ploy­ing one color in the trio as its vi­brant ac­cent, seen in places both ex­pected (the car­pet) and un­usual (lac­quered hangers in the closet). and each shade is filled with ad­di­tional his­tor­i­cal as­so­ci­a­tions. the pea­cock blue, for ex­am­ple, evokes im­pe­rial-era enam­el­ware, or cloi­sonné, while the golden yel­low is the color tra­di­tion­ally re­served ex­clu­sively for roy­alty (in an­cient China, com­mon­ers found wear­ing that color were con­demned to death).

The qua­tre­foil, a global sym­bol of good for­tune, is a re­cur­ring mo­tif in every room.

Such a con­sid­ered ap­proach to a choice as ba­sic as color is typ­i­cal of Thomas and his team. “We wanted to do a con­tem­po­rary, Wynn ver­sion of chi­nois­erie, where even the most in­ti­mate mo­ment was in­spired by the best of Chi­nese de­sign through his­tory,” ex­plains Alex Woog­mas­ter, Cre­ative Di­rec­tor at Wynn De­sign & De­vel­op­ment and one of the leads on the Wynn Palace de­sign team. One such in­stance oc­curs in the door­way ped­i­ments around the ho­tel. Ca­sual ob­servers likely won’t no­tice that each fea­tures a styl­ized in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the de­tail- ing on a fret­work screen that Thomas and Woog­mas­ter chanced upon while strolling around the Im­pe­rial Palace in Bei­jing. The bas re­lief sculp­tures of a deer and a pine tree on the walls above each bed­room’s head­board are equally sub­tle yet in­spired: De­scribe the scene in Man­darin and the words also mean “pros­per­ity and longevity.” The qua­tre­foil, a heraldic main­stay that evokes both me­dieval palace courts in Europe and the four-leaf clover, a global sym­bol of good for­tune, is a re­cur­ring mo­tif in every room, on cus­tom-made head­boards, light fix-

Each Gar­den Villa is sit­u­ated at the head of a gar­den whose dra­matic 150-foot-long pool seems to ex­ist in iso­la­tion.

tures, drawer pulls, vases, and even a crys­talline desk pa­per­weight. Bath­room ameni­ties are care­fully housed in a jew­elry box-like piece of lac­quer­ware; the col­lar stays and golden comb in­side are thought­ful touches. Even the num­bers on the doors are be­spoke. Nowhere, though, is the painstak­ingly de­tailed ap­proach to de­sign that typ­i­fies Wynn Palace more ev­i­dent than in its four Pent­houses and five Gar­den Vil­las. These sprawl­ing yet cozy spa­ces are the ul­ti­mate lux­ury hide­aways—with un­ex­pected fea­tures: a small sink inset in the van­ity counter for cos­metic con­ve­nience, for ex­am­ple, and lac­quer boxes with minia­ture sam­ples of al­ter­na­tive pil­lows avail­able for picky sleep­ers (choose from mem­ory foam, buck­wheat, or even rose pe­tal-scented). Some other el­e­ments are paragons of subtlety. Take the om­bré wall cov­er­ings, of which Woog­mas­ter is par­tic­u­larly proud. “Find­ing a man­u­fac­turer able to cus­tom weave every panel that would align across the en­tire suite was an up­hol­stery feat,” he says. “We de­lib­er­ately ori­ented the fab­ric hue to shift from dark to light to ac­cen­tu­ate the soar­ing heights of these liv­ing rooms—some of which stand 18 feet tall. We are al­ways seek­ing to create in­ter­plays that are amus­ing and feel new— even in el­e­ments as ba­sic as walls.” Much the same is true of the Frette sheets. Look closely and you’ll see a sub­tle pat­tern—a phoenix, whose as­so­ci­a­tion with re­birth is fit­ting for these 800-thread-count linens that guar­an­tee a re­fresh­ing night’s sleep. The in­vi­ta­tion-only Gar­den Vil­las have be­come a par­tic­u­lar pas­sion

Per­haps the most im­por­tant el­e­ment is sim­ply the color white, from which all the im­pe­rial tones pop.

project for Steve Wynn. Each of the five Gar­den Vil­las is sit­u­ated at the head of a gar­den whose dra­matic cen­ter­piece is a 150-foot-long pri­vate pool that seems to ex­ist in glo­ri­ous iso­la­tion—a seem­ingly sim­ple that re­quired much t from Thomas and the en­tire de­sign team. “With Mr. Wynn’s close in­volve­ment,” says Woog­mas­ter, “we ex­plored mul­ti­ple it­er­a­tions of the gar­den’s plant­ing for­mat and even the de­sign of the pool’s mo­saic art­work so we could have it feel that be­yond it, there was just ex­panse, noth­ing else at all—a clear view to in­fin­ity, like the great­est of the an­cient palace vis­tas.” Per­haps the most im­pres­sive el­e­ment in the en­tire ho­tel, though, is sim­ply the color white, which serves as the base from which all those im­pe­rial tones pop. Stan­dard­ized across every sur­face, whether lac­quer, paint, or porce­lain—even the T3 hair dry­ers and Bang & Olufsen bed­side stereos are clad in the color—it’s no or­di­nary white. Rather, this is a pro­pri­etary shade, ap­proved only af­ter more than 30 at­tempts by mul­ti­ple paint sup­pli­ers un­til the team was sat­is­fied. In a trib­ute to the ho­tel’s lo­cale, they dubbed it Co­tai White, and it’s an achieve­ment even a Chi­nese em­peror would ad­mire.

A Gar­den Villa’s in­ti­mate din­ing area can be served by staff work­ing be­hind the scenes in the villa’s own kitchen—or catered by one of the restau­rants within Wynn Palace.

Boxes con­tain­ing minia­ture pil­lows give guests choices that in­clude rose petal-scented. right: Even the white lac­quer ameni­ties boxes are cus­tom-made.

The Gar­den Vil­las open onto spec­tac­u­lar pri­vate back­yards, each with a pool that stretches 150 feet from the liv­ing room.

Ev­ery fea­ture in the Pent­house Vil­las is cus­tom-made, from the em­broi­dered and painted screen be­hind the bed to a lac­quered footrest that con­ceals a television.

Guests of the Gar­den Vil­las can en­ter­tain in their own pri­vate bil­liards room.

The im­pe­rial col­ors and aus­pi­cious sym­bols of the Palace come to­gether—with cus­tom car­pets, spe­cially de­signed light fix­tures, and in­cred­i­ble views—in four Pent­house vil­las.

A Palace King room in Wynn’s own sun­rise yel­low. De­scribe the scene of the deer and the pine tree in the bas re­lief above the bed in Man­darin and it means “pros­per­ity and longevity.”

The Chi­nese cloudin­spired mo­saic on villa bath­room floors is made of hun­dreds of hand-lain cus­tom Vene­tian glass tiles.

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