Elegant Look And Feel of a Resto Bar
Elegant Look And Feel of a Resto Bar
The impetus through this process was to give the members of the Gymkhana, something they had not experienced before in the club, for the doors of the restaurant to open to a tasteful and refined space such as this a leisure space designed at power with the opulent restaurants coming up in other parts of the city. The client was clear on wanting an elegant look and feel and allocating functions of fine dining as well as a lounge, hence a Resto Bar. It was important for them to highlight the bar area, achieve the perfect dim lighting, and a lot of bling to go with the brand! Overall, a plush, affluent-looking place was the desire.
Concept and Design Process:
We, at kinteriors, refurbished three disparate areas into a swanky restaurant-cum-bar within a gymkhana in the posh Mumbai suburb of Juhu. Any project that deals with refurbishment come with a long list of inherent constraints and this one is no different. Also, being a commercial site, an intentional approach of swapping expensive materials for cost-effective ones without compromising on the look-and-feel of the space; was adopted.
Beginning by breaking down all obstructing walls to create a seamless space with zones for fine dine, lounge-cum-bar and reception and lobby, we creatively designed the one area that could not be rid of its columns – stacked closely at a distance of merely 8 feet – by optimising seating around the repetitive columns. With a brown-tinted-mirror-clad table between two columns, the aim was to ensure cosy privacy and a visually lighter and pleasing aesthetic. Merging three diverse ceiling types to cull out an exposed ceiling proved too cumbersome; instead, we retained the original waffle slab ceiling (of one area) and positioned the lounge area there. Besides, dimmed filament bulbs used within each of the waffle squares transform the ceiling into a highlight feature and subtly demarcates it from the rest of the fine dining.
We employed a cost-effective strategy, where we camouflaged air-conditioning ducts with gunny bags and layered them with dark grey paint for an even finish! Another ingenious solution comes in the guise of glossy floor tiles as the economical option to a marble look, whilst beige paint with a shine-finish imparts a rich aesthetic to the neutral walls. Upholstery in khaki green, navy blue and printed pink enlivens the space and select seats use studs for the right punch. White moulding frames hosting brown-tinted mirrors don the arty hat to further accentuate the aesthetic.
Despite the shine and shimmer, gaudy is not on the list. This is mainly because balance is integral to the design. For example, the bar clad with golden tiles is juxtaposed against a black galaxy granite counter top. Similarly, the Swarovski lettered signage is etched across a jet-black acrylic background whilst all other luminous elements harmonise against brown laminate and veneer furniture.
Simple nuances transform into accent features such as the delicate flutes (made of MDF) on the background wall of the bar; glossy paint-and-mirror wall treatments; choice of filigree orb metallic chandeliers; partially permeable metallic screens and the like. Since group parties are a common event in Gymkhanas, care had been taken to provide individual party zones which are one with the restaurant and segregated at the same time; using light metal partitions fitted with glass. In the grand scheme of things, lighting plays the hero – from diamond-shaped filament bulbs (finished in tea-colour) to one-watt LED bulbs and uplighters to track lights and dramatic chandeliers…culling out a stylish dining experience, where celebration could be the norm!
• Client: Anant Ganediwal and Anisha Anand (from Aurum Foods Pvt. Ltd.)
• Design Firm: Kinteriors
• Principal Designer/Architect: Kanchan Fagwani
• Area: 3,000 sq. ft.
• Bar accommodating 14 seatings
• Low lounge seating accommodating 12 seatings
• Fine dining accommodating 82 seatings, with a mix of chairs and sofas
• Dedicated DJ area, reception and billing desk.
• Location: Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana, Juhu, Mumbai
• Photography credits- Mr. Sameer Chawda
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