CW Interiors |
Main Course | March 2011

An Italian Oasis

The beige and cappuccino colour palette makes the décor of the indoor restaurant rather delectable.

212, a new restaurant in Mumbai designed by Obaid Hakim Architects adopts an Italian accent in its food as well as design.

Mumbai’s restaurant repertoire just got a new attraction with the recently opened 212, an Italian fine dining restaurant nestled in the heart of the city. Its toasty interiors and welcoming exteriors have helped the restaurant carve its own niche in this highly competitive market.

Designed by the talented designer couple Afsha and Obaid Hakim, Principal Designers of their firm Obaid Hakim Architects, the chic décor of this eatery is likely to leave a lasting impression on its patrons. The brief given to Afsha asked for a wood fired oven, a bar, a wine cellar and one area for a private dining room for 15 people to be incorporated into the restaurant, even as the design took cue from its exclusive Italian menu.

Romancing the Look

Following the brief closely, Afsha recreated some intrinsic Italian elements in the décor. “The vintage stone floor outside gives a feel of an Italian street. The bar opens out into the outdoor, where frangipanis trees spread out in a canopy,” says Afsha. The bar can be used from the outside too. The outdoor space offers an alternative seating arrangement to the indoor restaurant – here, one can go al fresco, enjoying beer with pizzas cooked in the wood fired oven.

Attractive Opposites

The eatery glories in contrasts. Inside the restaurant, the designer couple has created a warm fine dining look unlike the street look of the outside. Wine-coloured wooden flooring and deep wine coloured wallpapers give it a cozy feel. The vaulted ceilings add to the softness. The furniture, designed by the Hakims themselves, uses flame finish granite.

The main lower dining area has a coffee-coloured theme. The beige and cappuccino colour palette makes the décor rather delectable, while cherry pink and beige stones in the wine area complement the joie de vivre of wine drinkers. In the movement area, a grey vintage finished stone is used. “During the day, there is a lot of natural light coming in. We didn’t want it to be too bright during lunch hours,” explains Afsha.

Lighting it Right

The adoption of minimal, soft lighting gives the place a soothing ambience, which is enhanced by the water body on the outside. Reflected lighting makes the place all the more appealing. “Every table has a soft light. The base of the ceiling has an LED running light which washes the wall very gently,” says Afsha.

Private Parties

A private dining area stands in a corner of the restaurant, ready to host large groups of guests. It has a well-lit floor and a grand table with towering chairs of different sizes. “We haven’t given any screen because we didn’t want a barrier. The high chair backs provide the necessary privacy to the dining area, which is placed at a higher level than the general restaurant area,” assures Afsha.

Italy may be miles away from Mumbai. But as one bites into a scrumptious pizza at 212, the ambience of the place makes this distance melt for a while.

Total Area: 650 Sq. Ft.

Photos: Prateeksh Mehra

Contact: Obaid Hakim Architects, 3 Suhag Palace, 29, Reynolds Road, Mumbai Central, Mumbai 400008.

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