Designer Nitin Khatwani gives Mumbai a glimpse of Greece with his magical design for a restaurant on the top level of a suburban mall.
Just as world cuisine is coming to India and enticing food lovers with its many flavours, interior decor inspired from the local life of international destinations is also making its way into our spaces. Stimulated by the gorgeous town of Santorini in Greece, Bandra´s new hotspot Kipos, designed by DCA Design, takes you on a mini holiday to a garden in Greece. ´The idea started with a metaphor of a mini plaza or a square that acts as a junction of streets,´ shares Nitin Khatwani, Partner, DCA Design as he reflects on the design. Various elements come together in this replication of a city square, including a band playing in a corner. The restaurant is divided into two major areas - the dining area and the bar with verandahs attached to both the spaces. The space integration and the miniature balconies with railings make the square appear incidental.
The two sections showcase two separate seasons of spring and autumn. Fresh pink bougainvilleas drop from the mezzanine in the spring time zone and elegant buff brown leaves fall from the windowpanes in the autumn passage, adding to the gorgeous sunset view. Even though the entire restaurant is indoors, the mock balconies and vertical gardens create an outdoorsy effect. To further the open-to-sky feel, the designer installed fibre optic lights on the ceiling in a part of the restaurant, which gives the impression of dining under a starlit sky. Columns with rope cladding are made to look like tree barks.
Washed in white the ambience of the place is relaxed and laid back, with tables spaced out to avoid a very crammed look. The highlight of the spring time zone is a community table with stairs on both sides that allows it to double up as a dance platform. The restaurant uses a variety of furniture to recreate the plaza feel of Europe. The flooring is painted with white lines to appear like grouting of a random stone floor.
When quizzed about the choice of theme for the restaurant, Naveen Prem, Owner, Kipos, shared, ´We wanted to create a homely eatery and a bar experience that was as soothing, as airy and as non-intimidating as Greece.´ Kipos does indeed offer a slice of European life to its patrons, thanks to its well-thought out interior decor.
Total area: 3,300 sq ft
Renovation cost: Rs.25 lakh
Text: Sumisha Gilotra
DCA Design, Tel: 022-2604 2637.
Existing matt black tiles have been painted over in epoxy paint to appear like white grouting of random stone floor
The raised area of the floor is in vinyl appearing as wooden floor
Predominantly white paint and partly tiled in the bar area with printed vitrified tiles
Gypson board ceiling with wooden beams constructed in plywood and all finished in paint
Wooden with paint finish
able tops in vitrified rustic tiles with handmade tiles on the border
Trellis and doors in plywood and blackboard finished in paint
Sofas and chair seats in textured finish.