Designed by David Rockwell and Rockwell Group, Nobu Las Vegas is lit by a breathtaking wave of cloud softlight mobiles flowing overhead. Against the dark backdrop, the mobiles appear to float without constraint and have a continuous, subtle rhythm as move in the air currents flowing around the dining area.
The cloud softlight mobiles descend from the tall ceilings to balance above clientele in the main dining area, giving the very large restaurant (11,200 square feet and over 300 seats) an intimate feel. To further refine the desired mood, the lights are always dimmed; Rockwell specified very exact lighting levels for the space – to be lit exactly 50% of their full brightness during all dining hours. cloud’s distinctive form and visual prominence in the space also seem to make them an inevitable topic of conversation, whether sitting around a table with friends or speaking with new acquaintances and chefs at the sushi bar.
The warm white LEDs that illuminate the clouds radiate a subtle glow, which casts a gentle and graceful light upon both the diners and the delicate dishes before them.
molo’s visit to see the new Nobu space coincided with an invitation to appear as a guest at the Nobu Hotel for Interior Design’s Hospitality Giants Event, which featured designers and manufactures whose products excel in variety commercial settings.
molo created a temporary installation of paper softblocks at Nobu and previewed the new cloud floor + table softlight (which then made their North American debut at ICFF in New York the following day). In addition, molo prepared tea for guests to the event which were served in molo’s iconic float tea lantern.
The restaurant is a brilliant example of the expansive environments that can be created by grouping multiple cloud pendants and mobiles together in a space. cloud softlight is part of molo’s collection of flexible, energy-efficient LED lighting which also includes urchin softlight and cappello. softlighting and other designs from molo’s soft collection are available at molodesign.com.