Bored of Facebook and Pinterest? Go offline at Colaba Social, an office and cafe by the day and bar at night, where enveloped within the exposed brick walls is a creative outburst of design.
Designed by Sanya Desai, the in-house designer at Impresario Entertainment and Hospitality, Colaba Social is the third outpost of this Bengaluru-born brand. What strikes you as a typical exposed brick interior at first, slowly reveals itself as a creatively executed space once you explore it.
´The original doors and windows, and the flooring of the space has been retained to lend the space a 100% upcycled look. And this is the brief that Riyaaz Amlani, the owner of the place, gave me for its design,´ shares Sanya.
Old meets new
Furniture and objects that were forgotten in the storage have been repurposed and put together in a way that doesn´t follow the norms of design, thus creating a novel experience for anyone within the space. So, you find egg crates making up the ceiling (sourced from Impresario´s various kitchens around Mumbai) and old steel chairs painted and hung on the wall for decor.
The highlight of the design is the juxta¡position of the materials used combined with the raw and grungy industrial elements, thereby creating a stark space for the user to experience. All the services here are exposed and bare, while at the same time subtle details and unexpected accents add to the visual drama of the space. ´During the course of the project, interesting elements from the streets of Mumbai have found their way into this space,´ she says.
There is also a swing seat that lends a more ´chilled out´ feel to the ambience. Since the concept offers space for freelancers to work, multiple seating options are made available. The internet hashtag is used to create textual drama, and the bar counter with hanging alcohol bottles adds an element of interest. Naked bulbs hanging from wires complete the look.
The decor certainly deserves to be tweeted, posted and pinned!
Meet the designer
Firm: Impresario Entertainment & Hospitality
Design philosophy: Form follows function.
Philosophy towards life: The Middle Path!
Favourite architect/Designer: Hard to pick one but if I had to it would be Charles Correa and Le Corbusier.