December 12, 1993 |
In these days of stiff competition, the red-carpet treatment simply isn't good enough. So Las Vegas hotel-casinos are rolling out acres of exquisite designer floor covering. "The main thing you see in the casino when you gamble is the floor underneath you and the ceiling above. You have to get the main design impact from the carpet," says Charles L. Silverman of Yates-Silverman Inc. in Irvine, which created all of the Luxor and Excalibur carpet designs.
March 6, 1994 |
Charles Silverman goes to work at a nondescript, two-story Irvine business park. He barks "good morning" to a few of his 45 cubicled employees and enters his plain-wrap office, where the only wall decor is a stuffed and mounted sailfish he caught off Acapulco some 20 years ago. From all appearances, the business of Yates-Silverman Inc. might be designing benefits packages for mid-sized companies or importing wing nuts from Thailand.
March 26, 1993 |
When Charles Silverman journeyed to the Nile River a year ago, his task was to envision how the world's longest waterway might flow alongside crap tables and dollar slots. He studied how King Tut's tomb might be used as a place for diners to wait for a table at a Polynesian-style restaurant and how artifacts from Theban temples might line the path to the keno lounge.
July 13, 1993 |
Topping-off ceremonies were held recently for the Luxor, a 30-story, $375-million pyramid-shaped resort that includes a $1-million replica of the tomb of an Egyptian Pharaoh dreamed up by an Orange County interior designer. The Luxor opens in October amid a $2-billion building boom aimed at coaxing families to this gaming capital.
October 16, 1993 |
In this city that delights in confusing the sublime with the ridiculous, the newest entry in entertainment extravagance, Luxor, opened Friday, heralded by thousands of gamblers who queued up at 4 a.m. between the back end of a 10-story sphinx and the front door of a full-size, glass-enclosed pyramid. That's how they're doing things out here these days, because the gambling moguls who shape Las Vegas have concluded that this town can no longer stand on casinos alone.