Medieval Norway marries modern design at restaurant Kinbuck 2 in New Delhi.
A newly opened eatery in New Delhi flaunts the look, feel and design of the medieval town of Kinbuck in Norway. Taking a cue from the elemental design of the Scandinavian country, the new restaurant brings a flavour of Norway to the capital. The restaurant takes its name after the town of Kinbuck. Anshul Garg, owner and designer, added the number two to it - Kinbuck 2 - to make it appeal to Delhiites. ´The name Timbuktu is famous in India for various reasons. I called the restaurant Kinbuck 2 to rhyme with Timbuktu, making it easier for Indians to relate to it,ö he says.
When old meets new
Firebricks are the mainstay of Kinbuck 2. A refractory ceramic material used for lining furnaces and kilns, a firebrick is known to withstand high temperatures. However, on the first floor of Kinbuck 2, it is used as wall cladding, giving a new style statement to the restaurant´s medieval theme.
More than 12,000 bricks have been used for this purpose. ´Though 12 times more expensive than normal bricks, we still went for firebricks as the look had to replicate the Norwegian town,´ says Garg.
However, care has been taken not to make the restaurant look jaded and old. Hence, despite the usage of the firebricks, the interiors have been kept colourful. The decor includes seating in grey with red cushions, chandeliers procured from Interio in Chhattarpur, black ceiling and floor, and a wine rack at the entrance that acts as a curtain.
But, the most distinguishing factor of the decor is an entire wall in the 4,500 sq. ft. restaurant that sports fusion design made by Cult Funk, which took 45 days to be completed.
The upside story
Wooden stairs take you to the second floor of Kinbuck 2 that has a totally different dTcor and style as compared to the lounge seating on the first floor. Alfresco seating with wooden benches leads upto a closed hookah bar that sports high sofas in blue leather and white plastic chairs.
A secluded area on the small balcony with wicker furniture and red cushions, which is fitted for 10 people, overlooks the outer circle in Connaught Place. It is undoubtedly the best place in the restaurant.
Medieval influences and modern rendition makes Kinbuck 2 a unique design story.
Total area of project: 4500 sq ft
Text: Varun Soni
Photo credit: Manoj Kesharwani
Kinbuck2, P 10/90, Outer Circle, Connaught Place,
New Delhi 110 001.