Roger Thomas Draws Inspiration from Nevada’s Landscapes for Refreshed SW Steakhouse Design

Roger Thomas Draws Inspiration from Nevada’s Landscapes for Refreshed SW Steakhouse DesignRoger Thomas Draws Inspiration from Nevada’s Landscapes for Refreshed SW Steakhouse Design

Roger Thomas Draws Inspiration from Nevada’s Landscapes for Refreshed SW Steakhouse DesignThe geology of the Las Vegas desert serves as muse for the reimagined space

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 15, 2015) – Wynn Las Vegas perpetually elevates guest experience. The most recent example of this commitment to excellence is the complete revitalization of SW Steakhouse, one of the most sought after reservations on The Strip, led by Wynn Resorts Executive Vice President of Design Roger Thomas.

“Food and design both have elements of farm and earth,” comments Thomas. “SW Steakhouse serves elevated classic American food that comes from American earth and I honored that by drawing on American geology in my design.”

The horizontal lines throughout the restaurant are inspired by the sandstone that form the Las Vegas valley, the influence continues in the Tucci marble from Italy and stone pieces carved in Jerusalem. The initial designer of SW Steakhouse, Vincente Wolf, established strong architectural elements including these split face Jerusalem stone horizontals throughout the room. Thomas complimented Wolf’s original concept with handwoven fabric panels installed in a geological formation resulting in random repeat, an ode to the organic patterns in nature. Mr. Wynn prefers horizontal textures, which are not commonly found in wall coverings; therefore, Thomas commissioned artisans in Germany, France, Italy, Holland and Southern California to create these panels to adorn the walls in the new iteration of SW Steakhouse.

The horizontal textures drawn from the environment throughout the room especially compliment the vertical lines adorning the bar wall in Las Vegas artist Tim Bavington’s Full Fathom Five, a visual representation of the song “Elephant Stone” by the band Stone Roses. A mirror strategically place behind the bar highlight the energy of the space. The bar top is made from metals woven together on an 18th century European loom then transported to Oregon to be encased in glass. Many guests will recognize the detail on the bar edge to be reminiscent of Cartier LOVETM Bracelets; these signature screws were used in the 1930s by a French furniture designer and return to their original purpose once again at SW Steakhouse.

The expanded terrace allows groups to reserve an adjoining indoor and outdoor space for private events or, when not in use, adding five more outdoor tables to the coveted terrace alongside the Lake of Dreams. Other noticeable elements include an antique grill, leafed in white gold; carpet created by Thomas in the “Prince of Wales” plaid, popularized by the Duke of Windsor when Prince of Wales; and the half-round centerpiece, previously copper, hand-made from resin.

Throughout the restaurant are storage pieces designed by Thomas. Each drawer within the piece was designed to the exact measurements to hold specific items, making the piece of furniture a true “mise en place” – a French culinary term for “everything in its place”. The drawers open from each direction allowing the SW staff access to essentials of linens, flatware and crystal simultaneously, for efficient and orchestrated service. Each piece is adorned with a Brazilian rock crystal, a playful symbol marking the proper place for the restaurant’s crystal glassware.

SW Steakhouse offers guests a spectacular view of the Lake of Dreams water show offering classic American steakhouse fare. SW is open nightly starting at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 702 770 DINE (3463).


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