In Dubai, Rockwell Group has created an extension of the Nobu brand for the first Middle East location. The design is an evolution of many of the concepts developed for the flagship Nobu 57, such as the emphasis on craftsmanship, natural materials and storytelling. Large-scale computer generated woven panels surround the restaurant walls and ceiling, creating a fluid, curvilinear environment for dining. A 60 foot long curved river rock wall and laser cut metal screen of cherry blossoms mark the entry to the bar. The bar itself is made from 3 inch thick solid timber planks with a backlit onyx front. For the lounge, Rockwell Group has developed curved translucent flower panels with cast images of custom large scale cherry blossom photographs by Michael Palladino, which form an elliptical shape around the center of the space to form an area for private events. Three dimensional woven abaca panels surround the main dining room, creating an experience akin to being immersed under an ocean wave. Guests sit on uplit woven banquettes formed by these colorful panels, cascading down from the ceiling towards the floor. Juxtaposed with the curving fluidity of the abaca panels and their translucent forms is the rectilinear sushi bar. All surfaces of the sushi bar are encased in black bamboo embedded terrazzo. A white bamboo proscenium forms a theatrical backdrop for the sushi chefs at work. This space is flanked on one side by a frosted blue mirror service bar, and on the other by a curved plaster wall encrusted with metalwork flowers encasing the private dining room. Wooden arches greet the guests entering the private dining room. The walls of this space are covered with glowing sake bottles and custom artwork on two sides. Overhead the metallic ceiling in punctuated with a glowing composition of custom suspended pendants.