Silk Road by Karim Rashid

October 8, 2010

Karim Rashid designed the Silk Road restaurant inside the Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas.


Description from Karim Rashid:

Silk Road is an elaborate multi-cultural vision where Mediterranean Spice & Trade Market encounters the plush & intimate opulence of the Merchant Route. Silk Road’s seductive bar invites one to lounge in its sculptural fiberglass seating that flows to the outside space. The seating separates the relaxed yet elegant bistro style seating, intended to create the atmosphere of a Merchant Meeting House, from the private booths of the intimate dining room.  During the day, natural light will illuminate the vibrant & vivid colors of the room; while at night, subtle ambient light encourages an intimate yet vivacious ambiance. Silk Road invites guests to find themselves immerged in a seductive experience that invites to socialize freely in its sensuous surroundings from breakfast to diner. There is a curvy wall in 3 different layers that creates a dynamic effect from day to night.

Before anyone walks into the Vdara restaurant one can immediately sense the rich history of the Silk Road re-envisioned today.  Delicate reflective patterns remind one of Asian tapestries viewed as never before.  Walking into the ocular entrance fiberglass swags turn into furniture like a spice traders tent set up for a four star meal.  The colors are white, pink and mirrored gold in glass, metal, light wood ceilings and fiberglass for an understated opulence.

The exterior high contrast pattern on gold mirror with matching pink windows and an amorphous opening signal to the dinner that something incredible is ahead.  Upon passing through there is fiberglass blobject furniture designed by Karim over a reflective gold glass floor.  To the other side is an innovative bar set below a dimensional representation of the Silk Road itself.

The hostess will set you in one of several dinning experiences, from intimate and cradling custom fiberglass banquettes to soft tables that seem to glow with a warm orange light, reflecting the sand dune layered wall and the southern Nevada sunsets.

Name of project: Silk Road
Location: Vdara, CityCenter, Las Vegas, Nevada
Principal Use: Restaurant
Client: MGM Mirage
Floor area: Total restaurant space: 8730sf  / 810sm
Dining & Bar: 6640 sf  / 615sm
Kitchen: 2090sf  / 195sm

seats for dining: 179
seats for bar: 25
seats for private dining room: 18

Designer:  Karim Rashid
Project architects:    Camila Tariki, Karim Rashid Inc.
Evan McCullough, Karim Rashid Inc.
Architect of Record: Leo A. Daily
Local Project management: MGM Mirage
Kitchen Consultant: GEM

Walls: custom print metallic wallpaper
Ceiling: Plyboo veneer
Lighting: Low energy consuming LED lights
Fixtures: Sike Chandelier by La Murrina, Knit Chandelier by Andromeda
Flooring: Terrazzo, custom carpet, bamboo and custom printed tiles.
Dining Chairs: Eboli chair by Capdell.
Banquette & Lounge seating: custom made fiberglass banquettes upholstered in custom fabric.
Bar stool: Bonaldo Skip Stool.
Tables: custom resin tables.