Making a Fashion Statement
Fashion and food lovers in Mumbai have a reason to rejoice as FTV’s hospitality venture F Lounge. Diner. Bar, with trendy interiors by Architect Sameep Padora, sashays stylishly into the city.
When the swanky F Lounge.Diner.Bar (fondly called F-Bar) comes to town, it is preceded by its reputation – for FTV is a name associated with the crème de la crème of the fashion world. One expects to be bedazzled, and the newly opened F Lounge. Diner. Bar in Mumbai does not disappoint.
The interiors of FBar, done in contemporary style, are a visual treat despite the overwhelming use of black. Through charcoal black quilted doors, one enters the lounge area done in black slate. There is also a black wood ceiling and black mirrors dotting the space. But, far from inducing gloom, the colour adds sparkle and glamour in a breathtakingly offbeat way.
The 10,000 sq ft space is divided into three zones based on the dining style. The lower level comprises the lounge area with the impeccably designed bar and opens out to the outdoor deck terrace surrounded by water bodies and foliage.
The upper level hosts the dining area with a capacity of 100 people. The structures, predominantly made of wood right from the floor to the ceiling, bring warmth and cosiness to the space.
The main highlight here is the impeccably designed staircase, lit up from within, that seemingly merges into the ceiling to create a stunning impact. As Sameep Padora, Principal Architect, sp+a, the architect and designer of F-Bar puts it, “The idea was to connect all three sections by a common design thread. So, the bar links the outside deck with the lower floor inside, and the staircase links the upper and lower floors.”
A section has been cordoned off on both levels to create a private dining and party area, which can accommodate 8-12 people, while the upper floor has the exclusive lounge, Dom Perignon.
The dominant materials used all across the venue are black slate, teakwood, black mirror, brushed steel, chenille and leather.
Considering that F-Bar is a signature diner of the Fashion TV Brand, there is an emphasis on Fashion TV screens around the venue, on which images from the FTV channel flit continuously. These help to reinforce the brand and add a unique flamboyance to the place. The screens also double up as a crucial source of light. The rest of the lighting in the space is subtle, with projection emphasis in certain spots in the room.
The ever evolving and fickle nature of fashion trends has been consciously acknowledged in this space. In Padora’s words, “Fashion has a dated aspect, as it goes out of style at some point. But, it is also cyclic with certain nuances reappearing over time.” This aspect has been captured metaphorically in the design by the structuring of the black ribbons that appear, change and re-appear based on a programmatic change from the bar display to the lighting to the stairs.
Creating a completely different look from the F-Bars in Delhi, Padora has done a fine job of infusing the space with the city’s essence. As Rajan Madhu, Director of F Lounge.Diner.Bar, says, “F Lounge.Diner.Bar.is a unique space designed to stimulate the senses, dedicated to the vibrant world of fashion reflected in its interiors.”
Indeed, the vibrant and stylish design of F Lounge.Diner.Bar, embellished with the vibe of Mumbai city, does justice to the redoubtable FTV brand image.
Meet the designer: Sameep Padora
Firm: sp+a (Sameep Padora and Associates)
Firm specialisation: Master planning, architecture and interior architecture.
Design philosophy: Inspired by the inherent overlaps and contradictions between context, technology and culture, specific to each of their project typologies and programmes.
F.Lounge.Diner.Bar, 3rd floor, One IndiaBulls Centre, Next to Gold’s Gym, Senapati Bapat Marg, Parel, Mumbai-400 013. Tel: 022-6650 5820. sp+a, No. 22C, New Kantwadi Scheme, Off Turner Road, Bandra West, Mumbai-400 050. Tel: 022-2640 0558.