By Robert Haynes-Peterson | October 26, 2016 | Culture
An impressive redesign puts the fabulous artifacts in the House of Blues Foundation in even better light.
OmMG! The Foundation Room’s redesign is blessed by multiple deities.
It’s not easy staying fresh in Las Vegas. But for the 16-year-old House of Blues Foundation Room, the dining and nightclub experience that feels like an artifact-packed eccentric world traveler’s sanctuary, rethinking the space has nothing to do with rebranding, says Victor Sutter, the Foundation Room’s VP. Instead, the space—which still caters to Foundation members, but is also now open to the public—has gotten a refresh that stays true to its character.
“We’re trying to focus your eye a little bit more,” says Sutter. “Before, you could miss so much of what’s happening when you walked into the rooms.” To that end, many of the antique Persian rugs have come out in favor of rustic wood floors. The Prayer Rooms— opulent private spaces with actual fixtures from Hindu temple wagons—now open to the lounge (you can still close heavy curtains for privacy). A long dormant fireplace façade is now the decorative front for the DJ booth. And ancient Buddhas, Hindu deities, and Gothic art collected by House of Blues and Music Forward charity founder Isaac Tigrett are front-and-center in each room, such as an LED-enhanced balsam wood statue of Rama Seetha.
“We’ve added elements that have a more modern aesthetic,” adds Sutter. Look for the mid-century chandelier from the demolished Sahara hotel, for instance. The updates blend seamlessly with the familiar appeal of the swanky space, which maintains its illicit aura. And truly, what’s old is new again.
photography by jeff gale