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Luxury December/January 2016-17: Art, Innovation and Design

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68 LUXURYLV.COM | DEC-JAN 2016-2017 BY BUFORD DAVIS Designers Prepare for Inaugural Showcase House HOME WORK Marie Osmond | courtesy of Caesars Entertainment Corp/Flamingo Las Vegas Courtesy of Las Vegas Showcase House A home is not simply a lifeless shell for human habitation, but an organic, evolving, artistic environment in which much of our lives is experienced. This philosophy is the foundation for the first annual Las Vegas Showcase House featuring 19 regional designers tasked to reimagine designated spaces in a classic home constructed in 1959. The event is the brainchild of designer and architect Cray Bauxmont-Flynn, who believes Las Vegas can again be an influential center for contemporary architecture and design. "We wanted to enhance the notion that Las Vegas has a history," he laughed. "The town is known for tearing down every building, but there are homes here; historical homes that have such architectural value that no one knows about." The 5,300-square-foot house sits on 1.28 acres in the Scotch 80s neighborhood, located just west of Interstate 15, and bordered by Rancho Drive, Oakey Boulevard, Ellis Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard. The 80-acre neighborhood was founded in 1913 with investment money from Scottish nationals, but saw no construction until the 1950s. Scotch 80s always has been popular with entertainers, politicians and high-profile business leaders for its proximity to downtown and the Strip; strong, varied architecture; and historic midcentury ambience. "We have a significant amount of architecture equivalent to what you find in Palm Springs, (Calif.,) and their midcentury homes," said Bauxmont-Flynn, a native of Cape Town, South Africa, who has studied and led high-end hospitality design projects throughout the world. "I thought it was good to look in historic neighborhoods because there are pockets in Las Vegas that have a lot of historic value." Professionals will redesign each room and landscape the property to reorient what will become the new front entrance to the home. Several boutiques collectively called The Shops at Showcase will be feature as part of the makeover. "We design it to what's new, what's innovative in the design industr y," explained Bauxmont-Flynn. "We want to expose the talent of each designer within their awarded room, even though when guests walk the house, it has to feel like one designer accomplished it." "It's a very competitive industry, and it is hard to get a foot in the door being the new kid on the block," said Jannicke Ramsø, designer and owner of Tiny Little Pads, one of the 19 firms selected to participate by the seven-member Las Vegas Showcase House executive board on the basis of blind project submissions.

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