Bruce Anderson’s designs are like something out of a modernist’s dreamscape: clean and simple to the extreme. For 20 years, Anderson, an interiors and renovation consultant, has been bringing his minimalistic approach to some of the city’s most luxurious spaces, including designing and installing all of the interior gardens at Encore when he served as the horticulture design director for Wynn Design & Development. It’s his latest project, though, that accentuates what Anderson is all about.
Last year, an investor looking to upstage an already impressive building commissioned Anderson to design three penthouses in the Residences at Mandarin Oriental. His company, Anderson Environmental Design, answered the call by creating a living work of art. This includes a pair of 4,000-square-foot units, each with three bedrooms and 3½ baths, as well as one 2,750-square-foot penthouse that has two bedrooms, 2½ baths and a den. All three were nothing but shells before Anderson was hired.
The project, which began in June 2013 and was presented earlier this year during the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, was a dream come true for Anderson. “The owner basically let me do the unit the way I would do it if it were my place,” he says.
Anderson was afforded even greater freedom when brands such as Roche Bobois, Sub-Zero and Wolf, and Kohler donated or significantly discounted all the furnishings and fixtures, including the granddaddy of all toilets: a remote-operated $7,000 Numi. (Yes, it has a name.) If getting unprecedented access to choose from the best of the best wasn’t enough, artists Peter Lik and Dale Chihuly and local photographer Stillman provided Anderson with works to use in the penthouses. (For the uninitiated: Lik is responsible for those intensely vivid landscape portraits found in his galleries around town such as at the Forum Shops at Caesars; Chihuly created the masterpiece glass sculpture “Fiori di Como” that hangs above Bellagio’s lobby.)
“I’m a very monochromatic designer,” he says. “I love grays and very simple, simple backgrounds. Then again, with the artwork and accessories, that’s where the place gets its punch.”
Looking at the stunning spaces Anderson has fashioned, it’s difficult to picture anyone actually living in them. Indeed, though, these are more than just showpieces: The 2,750-square-foot unit sold for $2.8 million, while one of the bigger units is being leased with the intent to purchase for $4.5 million. The final unit is on the market for the same price. AedLV.com