Superb Interior Design
Nobu Dubai was an evolution of many of the concepts Rockwell Group developed for the flagship Nobu Fifty Seven in New York, such as the emphasis on craftsmanship, natural materials and storytelling. The textures and materials in this particular location were chosen to reflect the finely crafted cuisine and Nobu’s roots in the Japanese countryside, while also celebrating the Dubai beachfront context. To anchor the restaurant in its location, Rockwell Group surrounded the restaurant walls and ceilings with large hand-woven curvilinear abaca panels to evoke an environment submerged under an ocean wave, and added accents of traditional Middle Eastern vernacular architecture such as hand-wrought iron columns of flowers, leaves and buds.
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Photos by Rockwell Group/Eric Laignel.
Rockwell Group is an award winning, cross-disciplinary 200-person architecture and design firm specializing in cultural, hospitality, retail, product, and set design. Founded in 1984 in New York by David Rockwell, the firm crafts a unique narrative and an immersive environment for each project. Rockwell’s interest in theater has informed much of the firm’s work, which ranges from the W Hotel, W Union Square Hotel, and Adour Alain Ducasse at The St. Regis New York; Hall of Fragments, the entrance installation to the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale; interior work and brand conceptualization for the new JetBlue terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport; the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx; the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles; Nobu restaurants worldwide; and groundbreaking set designs for Broadway productions of “Hairspray” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” Rockwell Group is currently at work on Canyon Ranch Living in Miami, the set design for the 2009 Academy Awards, the Elinor Bunin-Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center, the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, and the Imagination Playground initiative. David Rockwell is the 2008 recipient of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s National Design Award for Interior Design.