Creating the Rules

CLEO Design

Cleo Design’s mission is simple: to underscore a high level of creativity with exceptional attention to function, client needs and individual tastes. Creating a space that reflects a sense of place is the firm’s ultimate goal.
“It is as if the world is suddenly viewed with 3D glasses and the amount of detail is revealed in all of its spaces,” says Cleo Design principal Ken Kulas.
Although securely grounded and seasoned in the technical and organizational skills required for the hospitality industry, Cleo’s approach to design differs from its competitors.
“It’s in our nature to not only follow the rules but create new ones,” Kulas says. “Never—repeat, never—be complacent and never get bored. Design is not just a profession, but it is part of the passion that moves us forward.”
The team at Cleo Design is an imaginative group with a history of collaborating with one another on innumerable projects for most of their professional careers. Yet, each member works as an individual, bringing varied concepts and perspectives to the same project. The team’s striking capabilities are reflected in Cleo’s highly diverse projects from coast to coast, in venues ranging from casino and resort interiors to related public areas, bars and lounges, restaurants and retail locations.
The award-winning firm was founded in 2000, with principals Ann Fleming and Kulas overseeing some of the biggest gaming and entertainment design projects conceptualized in this decade.
From the much-anticipated completion of Maryland Live! Casino in Maryland to Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex in Melbourne, Australia, to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino expansion in Tampa, Florida, Cleo Design has consistently tackled the most cutting-edge spaces and given them success, elegance and life.
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