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Inside the Home of Roger Thomas

Executive Vice President Design
Wynn Design and Development

This vignette is in the foyer of my Las Vegas home, which was created for me by the incomparable modernist architect, Mark Mack.

My homes have become reveals of my travels and my loves: stories of passion and longing. To the casual observer, this may be a collection of unrelated objects. To me, it is evidence of a life well-traveled.

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings has always been a favorite, especially his anthropomorphic designs like this desk console from the ’30s. The bench tucked into the niche was acquired on my very first visit to the Paris Flea Market, and was designed by André Arbus, also circa 1930.

I have always wanted to live with works by two painters—Giorgio Morandi, presented in this classic 1949 ‘Still Life,’ in an APF water-gilded frame of my design, and Howard Hodgkin, whose ‘Haven’t We Met? Of course We Have’ hangs opposite.

An Adrian Saxe ceramic sculpture is part of my history as a ceramist for five years. Two brush pots, part of an extensive collection made on my many trips to Hong Kong, hold other mementos: a Dale Chihuly piece he gave me at his Boathouse in Seattle while working on the magnificent Fiori di Como ceiling at Bellagio Las Vegas; a white plaster head from a late 19th-century sculpture shattered by a disgruntled worker at the first Las Vegas villas at the Mirage; and an 18th-century gilded bronze dolphin head by a French master, acquired from the antiquare extraordinaire Luciano Tempo, a dear friend and mentor.

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