CW Interiors |
Focus Story | October 2014

Secret spaces

Please Don´t Tell, Mumbai´s new secret bar, sports a heady ´ by Studio Eight Twentythree.
Imagine you are a celebrity constantly being followed by paparazzi and finally finding refuge in a basement bar where its just you and your peers with no one to disturb you? Would you like to visit a secret bar? Presenting Please Don´t Tell, a secret bar in the heart of Mumbai where entry is permitted after you enter an old Engligh style telephone both, dial a secret number and convince the person on the other side of the line that you deserve to get in. A secret door will lead you to a rustic bar that serves heady concoctions and delish local street food with a twist. PDT is camouflaged as a paan stall with a valet! Don´t bother looking for a PDT signage as you won´t find any!

Rustic elements
´The visible effects and intent of the concept are evident from the ripped-off finish of the facade, exposing the weathered insides of the building´s verticals. The stark red chimney along with the articulated windows stand out loud,´ say Faizan Khatri and Samir Raut of Studio Eight Twentythree.

Inside the bar, raw concrete elements such as the floor and walls, the solid RCC bar counter and the rusted metal envelope are reminiscent of the coziness tht sloped roof dwelling provides. The customised iron doors stand testimony to this governing influence of the scheme.

The revived ship light fixtures for general lighting, metal and worn out solid wood table surfaces add identity to the premise. The vintage telephone booth entry, alongwith the customised bar stools, the clear glass framed raw bathrooms, custo¡mised concrete basin, foot taps and the peek-through bathroom mirror add to the quirkiness of the place.

While all the hard materials posed a huge challenge for acoustics, the translation of the concept in the design is definitely a heady one!

Meet the designers
Faizan Khatri & Samir Raut
Firm: Studio Eight TwentyThree founded in 2009.
Firm specialisation: Architecture, interiors, brand identity and story-boarding.
Design philosophy: We believe in good and selective design.
Philosophy towards life: To be immortalised through our work.
Favourite architect/Designer: International: Glenn Murcutt.

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