‘Create a casino design for our brand that fits with our distinctive DNA.’ This was the brief for the interior design for a well-known group of casinos.
The result is an inviting hospitality design where visitors can experience an unforgettable evening out. The starting point for the design is a combination of recognisable colours taken from the casino’s house style. These have subsequently been interpreted by interior designer Robert Kolenik’s natural, stylish eye.
The casino consists entirely of slot machines. The machines’ design and their flashing lights mean that a special solution is required to create tranquillity and unity. Wool carpets with woven patterns are the starting point for the design in all the casinos. Kolenik designed the bespoke carpets himself. The basic pattern is also carried through into Kolenik’s bar ideas, reception desk and ceiling elements. A conscious choice has been made to use wool, both due to its high quality, and because of safety considerations in the smoke & play zone.
Unexpected leading role for ceiling
The ceiling plays a leading role in creating a warm, inviting atmosphere. Its huge surface area is used to ensure that the space is in balance with the rest of the interior. Seven different, organically shaped ceiling elements with both direct and indirect LED lighting are embedded into the ceiling like organic islands. The most striking element is the light sculpture which was specially designed for the casino in the shape of a shell. The shells used in this reappear in the finishing on the desk and as a raw natural product on the whole organically shaped rear wall.
Bar as eye-catcher
The bar is undoubtedly the key eye-catcher in this casino design. Its organic shape is inspired by the basic pattern of the carpet and is linked to the ceiling element above it. The material is wenge with a gold leaf mosaic. The warm gold hues are taken from the casino group’s house style. Together with the chosen wood, the gold creates a mellow, chic impression. It is especially important for a casino design to conjure up a certain degree of cosiness. The small windows in the steel dividing wall create a homely atmosphere, which is enhanced by the leather upholstery. The decision to use leather was twofold. Firstly, it is durable. Secondly, its softness creates an unusual finish that contrasts beautifully with the harder materials, such as the specially plastered walls.