David Rockwell breezes through 500,000 square feet of steel skeleton as if the 102-degree Las Vegas sun weren't baking him alive. It has been six weeks since the designer last visited Crystals, the high-end retail arm of CityCenter, Las Vegas's $8.5 billion city-within-a-city. A collaboration among eight architects, it will debut this December after three tumultuous years of construction and near-bankruptcy. In an ambitious attempt to infuse a small dose of highbrow into the city of kitsch, Rockwell's sprawling public interior for Daniel Libeskind's angular structure will be as much MoMA as it is Central Park—suspended gardens, a floor painting made of flowers, and a Vegas-worthy "tree house" resembling a ribbed wooden tornado.
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Space Man: David Rockwell
He has created more over-the-top interiors than we can count, from the first Nobu to this year's Academy Awards set to the new Walt Disney Family Museum. How one man's spaces speak to the rest of us.