My better half is a gal named Amanda, who my friends thank every day for calming me and for making me happy. Still, I have yet another half, and that is my design business partner, Marc Dizon. He is, in many ways, the Yin to my Yang. Whereas I talk a lot, Marc offers each word as if its use takes an hour off his life. Our firm, Lewis & Dizon, just finished Savile Row at the Luxor in Vegas. Marc did most of the day-to-day design and construction help, as I toiled with the local places. Although we sometimes disagree, we have found, over the years, a balance that helps us apply our experiences—though vastly different—to create spaces we are proud of. I caught up with Marc and asked him to tell you about himself and Savile Row.
We just finished Savile Row, which opened New Years Eve. Tell me about the design. The program was to create an environment that has the energy of a Las Vegas night club, with the comfort, ease, and elegance of private social clubs of London. The space, which is approx 3,000 feet, was created for 300 members and selected guests.
What particular challenges did you face? Certain elements needed to be considered when we developed the space; it had to have a substantial visual impact, as the space was pretty much an open shell with a bar. A certain amount of planning was involved in creating a proper flow to distribute the energy throughout the two rooms. The “Plan Parti” is broken down into four sections: the entry lounge, the alley, the rotunda room, and the drawing room.The entry lounge was designed to resemble a tailor’s fitting parlor, with bespoke wall coverings, antique industrial drafting tables, dramatic wing back chairs, private wooden lockers (for member’s personals). This room served as the main entrance into the club.
The Alley, which is the main passage through the Luxor, is dressed up in floor-to-ceiling reclaimed brick veneer. With a blacked out ceiling, and dim-pin spot lighting, the space is meant to take people through a short maze reminiscent of the secret alleyways of London.
Into the Rotunda Room you’ll find tufted oxblood banquets lining the circumference of the space, and a molding-encrusted dome, as well as a large circular communal lounge table in the center of the parlor, which is meant to create a more laid back atmosphere. With the help of an oversized dim-lit chandelier, and subtle details of Gargoyles and equestrian statues, the color palette of the room is a balance of pinks, oxblood, moss, and olive.
Through an open archway is the drawing room, which houses the main bar: a central railroad seating plan comprised of deep plush leather couches, and integrated curiosity cabinets filled with classic collars and trinkets found in a proper tailor’s shop. Vintage trundle sewing tables were re-appropriated to create cocktail tables, perimeter seating was developed as proper booths, and there is also a catwalk stage. The main walls of the room has been draped with fringe-lined garnet velvet, drawn back to expose moss colored bespoke wall coverings, and display plaques showcasing miniature tailor forms, top hats, and bowlers. The DJ booth is designed as an upholstered pedestal, as architectural artifacts frame out the mascot of the space: a life size bronze replica of a Rhino. The bar is a display of found objects, golden shears, hovering tailor forms, and sewing machines, creating a spatial collage of figures and negative space.
Although we work closely together, you did most of the heavy lifting on this project while I did other projects. Where do you and I differ as designers and where do we agree I feel that the differences are what make the ideas and spaces develop into a rich visual palette. I see things developing with a certain amount of rigor and discipline, where as you are a broad stroke visualist. There’s a certain amount of balancing that two people need to develop in creating spaces, and I believe we have accomplished that.
Saville row is part of a greater Las Vegas resurgence. What do you see happening there? Las Vegas is a funny town in the sense that there are a lot of great spaces with very little to offer. There are dozens of spaces that offer a high-end experience, however it’s somewhat of an oxymoron, as I don’t particularly associate high-end and exclusive with thousands of people cueing up and cramming themselves into a pretty room. I feel that we are going to see more micro-lounges popping up in Las Vegas, serving a more intimate experience: a level of service and detail that this town is famous for, although it’s not normally found in night clubs. Operators like AMG can certainly pave the way. They’ve drafted Mike Diamond as the face of the Savile Row: if he doesn’t know you, or you’re not a member, then there’s no admittance. It’s somewhat of a different take on door policies, as the norm is, if you stand in line long enough, you can probably get in. Anyway, I think its a bold move on AMG’s part to create a truly unique nightlife experience.