Nobu Fifty Seven,
the first uptown New York location for legendary chef Nobu
Matsuhisa, was designed by David Rockwell to evoke the fluidity
of an Asian river and to create an ambiance of elegance and
refinement. Brad Oldham joined the design team to work on
the private dining room.
Oldham designed and created a hammered-copper
wall and ceiling installation to craft a dining environment
of rich hues and soft lighting unlike any other private space
in New York City. Each hand-cut wooden panel was covered in
hand-hammered copper. The interlocking panels were numbered
and designed to be installed like a puzzle to cover the entire
ceiling and one featured wall. A challenge on such a project
is to keep the hand-applied patina consistent across the panels.
The studio team worked closely with mill workers and the project’s
general contractor to ensure the pieces were flawlessly installed
in the most honored place in Nobu Fifty Seven.