Vegas Penthouse From Design Star Challenge 1

For the 11 designers, the first challenge was to maximize their potential by turning an empty Las Vegas penthouse into their own personal living space — within 28 hours and a budget of $15,000.

  • The custom art above each bed demonstrates how even graphic artwork can help demarcate personal space.
  • The accessories don't work together to enhance the atmosphere of the room. Instead of utilizing fewer items of a larger scale, this room is full of completely unrelated items that detract from the very smart and sophisticated foundation.
  • By sticking to a largely monochromatic color scheme, the team creates a sense of space by diminishing the number of visual breaks.
  • By selecting interesting lighting, it can be both function as lighting and artwork at the same time.
  • By sinking a large, custom-built dining table into the middle of the room, Scott and Kim succeed in creating a wonderful, intimate dining area where a large number of people can comfortably gather.
  • Ramp It Up: Todd's skate ramp perfectly fills the space.
  • The team showcases their whimsical side by thinking outside the box.
  • Incorporating the architecture of the columns into the design was the beginning of a smart approach toward embracing these structural elements.
  • Josh and Robb place too many curves in too many directions. This ultimately takes away from the power of the curve, which can be dramatic and elegant in a square room.
  • Lisa's area showcases original and out-of-the-box components, but outside of a bench and a few side tables, this area has no clear direction.
  • With its unusual shape, the metal roll-up door makes a powerful design statement
  • Neeraja does an excellent job of styling the bar area with elements reflective of the Las Vegas venue and certainly provides the props for making this area visually interesting.
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