That the world loves India for its pop art becomes clearer from the way interior designers are playing with the theme for Delhi restaurants. Want to carry some ideas home? Read on
When the queen of kitsch, fashion designer Nida Mahmood came out to show off her first ever restaurant interiors project, people sat up and made note. A very retro 1970’s look dominates the cheerful space that wears its heart on the chairs, literally
“The idea was to create a space that was surreal and magical. Raul and I both wanted to make a space inspired from Bombay velvet. Vintage meets quirk,” she shares. Going by the reviews, the ideaʼs been well received. We take a look at some quirky food spaces that promise to inspire the decorator in you.
FLOOR IT RIGHT
Pop goes the flooring. Tiles make a statement as loud as the walls. Psychedelic floor tiles of Junglee Billee are a great example of how to do it right and pop culture does not end there. “Everything has been especially designed for Junglee Billee. The wall papers, the furniture, the lights, floor tiles, crockery and even cutlery. Every one of these things is for sale as well,” shares Mahmood.
Modern-traditionalist elements on walls amalgamate to refresh the mind and evoke bits of memory
Make walls your canvas. There is nothing like good art to cheer you up as you sit down for a relaxed meal. Be it getting a Manga artist to work on the murals, window art and column figures of Guppy by Ai; introduce pop art on the walls to narrate an Indian lore (complete with an elephant in the room sporting a pair of blue aviators) at Ek Bar or have a jumble of Parsi portraits adorn the walls of Sodabottleopenerwala, interior designers Sabina Singh and Anshu Arora show us how to keep our walls busy.
DESIGN IS IN DETAILS
Get lighting fixtures to play upon the many elements in the room. At Fatty Bao, Arora has used fixtures to add even more quirk to the pop decor. From oversized ramen bowls, to a multitude of praying mantis and butterflies in one piece, lamps strung together, or circular overhanging lights, marked by little bulbs, you can anything but dismiss this design support.
DRAMA IN 3D
Try 3D for effects. Pair it with coloured glass and wait for magic. After gaining ample experience in Michelin starer Nobu, when chef Gurmehar decided to open his first affordable luxury restaurant, Ziu, he made sure the decorators kept the lines clean and contemporary. His interior designers, Renu and Robin Matharu threw in mosaic window panels and a 3D Thai roof artwork to ensure there is enough drama to accentuate the sophisticated menu.
The first painted work in Fatty Bao is an abstraction of a food map which traces the journey of the humble Bao through the magical East —how it was created, how it evolved through the regions it travelled.