Reminiscent of a quaint little cafe set in a bylane in Europe, Terttulia in Mumbai is designed to the theme of eat drink and love.
Terttulia is a French word for a gathering. Taking a cue from the European culture where the word is often used to describe a gettogether of friends and family, designer Guneet Sethi has designed the place to resemble a European cafe with a lively, casual and sangaria-endorsing ambience.
Europe on a platter
Soaked in the good food, good wine and lots-of-love culture of Europe, the space is warm and sophisticated yet not too fine dine-y. Its rustic interiors are complemen¡ted with soft lighting and stark white brick walls.
The resto-bar cum cafe is divided into two sections - the enclosed space and the indoor area that lies doused in natural light courtesy the skylight. Vintage chandeliers and French windows create a non-intimidating ambience, suitable for both a quick bite or a long evening with friends. Accessories from all around the world dot the walls and the predominant materials are wood, steel and brick.
A bar counter stands right in the middle of the entire space, providing service to both the areas and serving as a dividing marker between them. A combination of wooden upholstered chairs, sink in couches, cafe chairs, high chairs and bar stools offer different experiences to the patron and lend a casual look and feel to the place. Simple design elements such as the rope chandelier and the chalk art elevate the design experience of the restaurant. To ensure that the chalk art lasts longer, the artwork is sprayed with acrylic paint, elongating its life by a year or two. Track lights are used to provide focused lighting while the ambient lighting comes from a selection of floor and ceiling lamps.
The rustic finish on the furniture complete the look while the industrial flooring discreetly becomes the canvas for much creativity. There is a also a wine rack and a bread display, which invariably adds to the ambience.
Each element of the design just like its food seems to be cooked with creativity, seasoned with passion and served with love.
Meet the designer
Design philosophy: I like to keep it cosy, warm and homely.
Philosophy towards life: Life should be simple and non complicated.
Favourite architect/Designer: Ashiesh Shah and Philippe Starck.