Rockwell Group Designs a Winning Second Act for Nobu Downtown in NYC

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Rockwell Group commissioned Pascale Girardin for the installation of ceramic slabs clipped to the lime-plaster wall of the main dining room at New York’s Nobu Downtown. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Furniture designer John Houshmand contributed the ash paneling in the lounge. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Because of the landmark status of the former American Telephone and Telegraph headquarters, a 1922 building by William Welles Bosworth, everything has to be removable, including the bar, which sits on a 2-inch-thick plywood platform protecting the original polished limestone floor. Mechanicals are concealed in the bar die. Photography by Eric Laignel.

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Houshmand also collaborated on the sculpture in stained ash hanging above the bar’s onyx counters, between the marble columns. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Japanese-style tinted plaster surfaces the underside of the existing staircase. Photography by Eric Laignel.

In the main dining room, abstracted tree forms in ash appear to support a canopy in the same wood. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The sake alcove is flanked by shelves displaying custom ceramic vessels by GirardinPhotography by Eric Laignel.

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Her custom ceramic tiles create a ribbon around the 35-seat private dining room, where the floorboards are distressed, stained oak. Photography by Eric Laignel.

In the lounge, behind a custom host stand in walnut and bronze, Nobu’s original sign hangs against river stones. Photography by Eric Laignel.