Tucked behind the Indian Coast Guard headquarters at Worli Village - Cafe Nemo, Busride Studio´s latest design experiment, is inspired by Captain Nemo and his journeys.
Finding Nemo might be a difficult task but the effort is sure worth it. Designed by Busride Studio, this restaurant is housed in a little cottage in Worli Village and offers a dTcor space that with its distinctive style breaks the ´cute beach-side cottage´ clichT. Washed in monotones and brushed in raw finishes, the restaurant has two dining areas and one bar area besides a 40-cover banquet. ´The monochrome minimal story allowed us to focus on materials and texture, which we explored quite a lot at Nemo,´ shares Ayaz Basrai, Principal designer, Busride Designs.
Yin and Yang
A row of potted plants welcome you at the entrance and an exploration of black and white begins as soon as you step in. Offset by a yellow wall, the first dining room offers two kinds of seating - classic white chairs and cafeteria-style ben¡ches. The second dining room has chequered tile flooring that stands out as a wall with curated art and craft catches attention. The bar area has folding tables and a metallic grill design that lends an edgy touch to the otherwise soft monotone interiors. The restaurant also has an events space that is adorned with a black and white cuboid mural to bring the 40-cover space to life.
Space in flux
The monochrome minimal story allowed the designers to focus on materials and texture. ´It was a fun experiment in the sense that the monotone interior provides a nice backdrop for any kind of installation that comes up over this shell,´ shares Basrai. Nemo is designed to be a work-in-progress space. A lot of on-going curation comes from a creative management team, which is encouraged to fill the incomplete formats with its own ideas. ´The idea that we could design an incomplete format, almost like a space with fill-in-the-blanks inserted, was a fun one to explore. While massive deviations are controlled, minor modifications are encouraged and formatted into the initial intent itself. To my mind, this approach was interesting, and hopefully it is something that the guests will perceive on repeated visits. I feel it keeps the place fresh and evolving, and makes it easier to re-invent than from a static existence,´ says Basrai.
Nemo features black-on-black MoirT patterns, white plaster or white textured walls, black soot on white walls, black and white upholstery pixels, and a host of exceptional and new treatments.
The best part is that each time you visit Cafe Nemo, there is a great chance that the space looks different, thanks to the floating installations, making every experience a unique one.
Total Area: 4,000 sq ft
Text: Sumisha Gilotra
Meet the designer
Firm: The Busride Design Studio founded in 2006.
Design philosophy: Surprise yourself. Drink Milk. Everyday.
Philosophy towards life: Surprise yourself. Drink Milk. Everyday.
Favourite architect/Designer: Ambrish Arora (Lotus Design ) and Philippe Starck.