CW Interiors |
Smart Design | May 2014

Asian uber chic

The juxtaposition of various design elements makes the Chew in New Delhi quirky, hip and vibrant.

Warm and inviting like the famed Connaught Place in New Delhi where it is located, Chew - Pan Asian Cafe has been designed like an uber-chic space, totally unlike a regular Asian eatery. It is quirky, hip and vibrant as can be seen in its signage, where the word Chew, engraved in Dholpur stone, has 'teeth' laser cut into it.

The Brief

The brief that Salil Mehta, owner of Chew, gave to interior designer Amit Chhabra, Principal Architect, Livin' Colors Design, was to design a 2,600 sq ft space that is "young at heart". With something for everyone on its menu, Chew juxtaposes various elements in its design. The best example is the eye-catching black and white Aztec patterned tile flooring, set against the plain and burnt Dholpur studded walls.

The furniture is a blend of booth sitting, swing seats and turquoise blue chairs that make the dining experience comfortable and fun. A wall next to the entrance has hand written quotes from a young artist. Moreover, mirrors opposite the 800 sq ft open kitchen give the whole area a feeling of expanse.

Pan Asian

Asian inspirations within the space consist of subtle nuances like the carefully hand-picked ceramic plates and posters that adorn the walls and the elongated spice rack that features spices from Asia - around 500 jars showcasing around 50 ingredients from across Asia become eye-catching elements of décor here! The ceramics have been personally picked by Mehta from Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Asia truly comes alive at Chew, in the décor and on the plate!

Total Area: 2,600 sq ft.
Text: Varun Soni

Meet the designer:Amit Chhabra

Firm: Livin' Colors Design was founded in 2002.
Firm specialisation: Restaurants, retail and residential spaces.
Design philosophy: To design with passion and soul.
Philosophy towards life: Be inspired, be original, work hard and enjoy.
Favourite architect/Designer: Lotus and Le Corbusier.

CONTACT: Livin' Colors Design, 215/1A, 1st Floor, Anupam Garden, Neb Sarai Extension, Sainik Farms, New Delhi-110 068. E-mail: Mobile: (0) 98112 83605. Website:

Pan Asian Chew, 1st Floor, M-16, Outer Circle, Connaught Place. Tel: 011-4151 6164.

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