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Designed by T. Murao Design, Inc. of New York, Gi Fu Loh, an authentic Cantonese restaurant at Harrah’s Casino in South Lake Tahoe in Stateline, NV, features a variety of stone materials throughout the space.
One design goal, according to Taki Murao, Owner/Co-Principal of T. Murao Design, Inc., was to take advantage of the limited space offered by using it in unique and interesting ways. “The space had many columns and duct risers, so to use them as an advantage, we created interesting paths or used them as lighting, for example,” Murao explained. “From the study of water behavior, we created narrow paths for the corridor and widened the areas for seating.”
Furthermore, flooring throughout the waiting area and at the rotunda entrance features honed Palais Pierre Marron Etrusco limestone, also from Country Floors. “We needed a material that could withstand the heavy commercial traffic, while also presenting a one-of-a-kind art,” said Murao.
Additionally, the reception desk tops and countertop at the bar lounge feature slabs of Azul Bahia granite supplied by Tutto Marmo Inc. of San Diego, CA. The noodle bar countertop was fabricated from slabs of polished Persian Red travertine/limestone from Stone Source.
Aside from supplying material for the dragon mosaic medallion, Sicis also supplied glass mosaics for ceiling lighting pendants and illuminated columns, ceiling panels and ceiling canopies. Using Sicis’ transparent Glimmer and Waterglass mosaics with a hint of opaque Murano Smalto, the ceiling pendants were artistically produced to resemble the radiance of the sun.
Construction of the project began in January 2007 and finished in September of 2007, and according to the architect, the reaction to the project has been amazingly positive.
Gi Fu Loh restaurant
Designer: T. Murao Design, Inc., New York, NY
Medallion Manufacturer: Sicis, Italy
Stone Suppliers: Country Floors, New York, NY (Palais Pierre Marron Etrusco limestone, Palais Pierre Azur limestone); Stone Source, New York, NY (White Gold quartzite, Persian Red travertine/limestone); Tutto Marmo Inc., San Diego, CA (Azul Bahia granite)
Tile Supplier: Sicis, Italy