CW Interiors |
Main Course | May 2013

Appeasing luxury

Studio Osmosis devises a striking design concept by revitalising Puranmal's legacy.

Designing a new look for an established chain always presents a unique challenge, as in the case of Puranmal in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai. Taking inspiration from an arcaded-courtyard setting of a home, the designer duo Sameer and Shilpa Jain , the restaurant with a æpop-ish' contemporary approach.

Unique among the rest
Puranmal is a chain of restaurants which has an impressive, decade-long reputation of being in the market of authentic Indian vegetarian food and sweets. 'We aimed for a balance between the tradition and legacy of the restaurant within a contemporary style states Sameer. Till then, there was no particular style for the Puranmal chain. Set in a mall in Ghatkopar, this particular branch was to be the 'white elephant', as suggested by the client. 'We definitely wanted something different from the usual browns and beiges for an Indian-cuisine restaurant', confesses Shilpa.

Home inspirations
When you walk into Puranmal, at no level does it signify the likes of its conventional counterparts. An existing column at the site was transformed to represent the courtyard tree, which was enhanced by a chandelier suspended from the ceiling. The curvilinear gypsum ceiling symbolises the open sky.

The curved colonnade segregates the indoor and outdoor space, while the alternately placed arches form a unique feature in the restaurant. The immensely detailed chandelier and the white circular seating areas make for a beautiful centre of attraction.

A combination of grey and purple lends an elegant and sophisticated feel, with hints of a global touch.

In the details
Another striking feature is the well spread-out lights. The indoor area, which has cosy booths, warm wooden flooring and 2-seaters, is lit dimly to create a nice private dining ambience, whereas the outdoor area of the arched spaces has an interesting wavy light feature (made of wooden sticks and LED lights hidden within), giving the illusion of being seated under the tree foliage with stars above.

While it is fairly obvious that the courtyard concept forms the soul of the project, it is the minute details of the materials used that highlight the overall design. Rich and elegant upholstery fabrics and wallpapers add to the otherwise minimal space, giving those dining booths a special look and feel. The wooden flooring exudes a warm ambience and creates a comfortable seating area to complement the space and function.

A balanced act
There are inumerable changes when a project goes from the design table to implementation. However, in case of Puranmal, the changes have been minimal. 'The final design turned out very close to our first ideas, concepts, and layouts; the entire archway, as well as lighting design, is what we had visualised from the beginning,' adds Shilpa.

The result is a charming and chic space of hospitality. By using a simple and minimal material palette, and with an impeccable eye for detail and keen sense of light and colour, the designers at Studio Osmosis have made this Puranmal property shine best of the rest.

Total Area: 2,700 sq ft

Total Cost: `89 lakh

Designers: Mushir Shaikh, Trupti Wadkar, Prajakta Keni.

Text: Natasha Bohra

photos: Indrajit Sathe


Studio Osmosis, 901, Bombay Market Bldg, Tarde Main Road, Mumbai 400 034.

Meet the designers
Sameer and Shilpa Balvally

Firm: Studio Osmosis
Firm specialisation: Architecture, interior design and master planning for hospitality, commercial, residential, retail, and healthcare projects. Design philosophy: Absorb the individual needs of clients based on research and experimentation. Work collaboratively to arrive at a creative, adaptable and tangible solution.

Philosophy towards life: Never give up, look ahead, stay positive and do all you can.Favourite architect/Designer: Nari Gandhi, Charles Correa, Renzo Piano, Mies Van Der Rohe, Tadao Ando, Le Corbusier and many others.

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