Opened in 2018 in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Red Plate is an upscale Cantonese Restaurant with dishes from executive chef, Yip Cheung. When the client approached us, they were looking for an immersive mural that would not only be installed on all walls but that would also hang over the ceiling as well. Inspired by Chinese landscapes, they wanted to have broad, painterly, horizontal brush strokes that would help add length to the space and achieve the very elevated, boutique-like feeling Cosmopolitan hotels have become known for.
In my initial studies, I looked at ancient Chinese paintings and calligraphy to help set the tone of the piece. From there, I also worked on creating a library of textures to help give the piece a densely-layered field.
Since this mural was going to be digitally printed, it was important that it retained its art-like qualities rather than appear as just a traditional commercial wallcovering. In order to accomplish this, I went old-school, putting pen to paper and creating some hand-drawn textures to give the finished piece the depth it required.
Merging the hand-drawn with the digitally-rendered, I soon realized this would be the project’s major challenge. I spent a great deal of time finding and sifting through all of the textured layers and seeing what worked and what didn’t.
Tapping into my roots as a visual painter and incorporating hand-painted elements, I managed to take all of the painted details and bring them together in a giant, unified pattern that could work throughout the entire space without looking repetitive.
Once the wallcovering finally went up, it was really satisfying to see such a bespoke design come to life amidst the amazing interior & architectural design work of Celano Design Studio & Marnell Companies. For the wallpaper itself, we used a highly-textured commercial ground featuring metallic flecks and a luminescent quality that could also meet the building’s cleaning and maintenance standards.
The hand-drawn elements I created in-studio were complemented by several contemporary Chinese-inspired touches such as black metal and brass details which contrasted beautifully against the grey walls and modern details such as the luxurious red banquettes, polished marble and lacquer tables.
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