I’m trying not to be a big fat ass this year. I’ve been pretty successful so far, I’ve lost a few pounds a week. The one thing I’ve tried hard to do is to stop eating fast food, and instead spend that money on the nicer restaurants around the world. I’m a lighting nerd, OBVIOUSLY, so one of my favorite parts of this lifestyle change is enjoying the unbelievable lighting designs that the nicer restaurants offer.
I got a bit of a wild hair the other day while driving through downtown Oklahoma City – I saw this place called RED Prime Steak on Broadway, over by Bricktown. Myself and local photographer Kristen Lee of the famous Stella Shot Me photography studios went to check out the scene. I mean, after all the entire place is red inside from the street. At first glance from the road, RED looks like a pretty upscale place.
Well, it is. It’s pretty absolutely excellently awesomely upscale. As a matter of fact, if you are into eating some unbelievably delicious bovine, enjoying some serious mixed drinks and wine (srsly) and being wow’ed by an outstanding lighting design, you need to check out this place. From the moment you walk into the entrance, designer Rand Elliott’s vision of a “red wind” is ever present, leading you to the center of the venue.
The main bar – up front by the street level:
RED is full of all kinds of nooks and crannies, as well as open sections with tables and seating – Rand Elliott‘s initial design concept for RED was of that representing a “red wind.” Elliott made this happen with strips of red neon on a grand aisle of the restaurant that shine onto the original brick walls of the restaurant. It’s quite stunning, actually. Below is a capture from the RED website with a rendering and a hand sketch:
Check out the “red wind” section of the restaurant – red neon tubes create the ambient light that filters throughout the venue:
Our server, Ross (who is also the head caterer for RED Prime Steak) gave us a tour of the entire facility (as well as providing some excellent choices and recommendations) – the restaurant has a ton of space above it that is used for parties, exquisite or otherwise; there are several very private booths and tables meant for romantic meals or parties of several people. I’m a huge fan of steak AND light, so this is a place I’ll be revisiting very soon.
The best thing about the lighting design in my eyes is the attention to minute detail throughout the restaurant – a slice of neon hidden there, white accent lighting hidden in crannies to accentuate the soul of the room, and a sense of quality brought forth from the lighting to the food.
If you’re in Oklahoma City and you haven’t tried RED Prime Steak yet, I have no idea what you could possibly be waiting for to happen before you make your RED experience.
Check out a gallery of the images taken at RED Prime Steak that night – great photography by Kristen Lee of Stella Shot Me Photography Studios! Click on a thumbnail and a magical land of full size images opens up for your enjoyment!
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