CW Interiors |
Main Course | March 2015

Interiors that satiate your Palatte

Theme-based interiors or out-of-the-ordinary elements in the design of restaurants are now becoming the unique selling point for eateries.
Connaught Place, the heart of New Delhi, has today become a foodie´s paradise, what with 70 odd restaurants lining its outer and inner circle. And to top it all, most of them offer similar menu on the lines of world cuisine. But, how does a customer ascertain which one to go to? What will draw him to a particular eatery?

Ask any foodie and his answer is likely to be - décor. It is the décor that is attracting customers to food joints, whether in Connaught Place or anywhere else in Delhi, or for that matter, across the country. Theme-based interiors or unique elements in the design of restaurants are now becoming their best selling points.

Here we review three such concept driven restaurants in Delhi with strong décor elements.

The Wood Box Café
The Woodbox Café in the North Campus has the look of an English café, albeit one designed with recycled material. There are 20 lampshades made out of old CDs, audio tapes, jute, beer bottle crowns, visiting cards and scotch tape.

The café has a wall made from old beer bottles stuck with raw sand soil, a feature wall that has plastic junk on it and a jute rag wall with quotes about Mother Nature embedded into it. Even the paint has been made from cow dung and mud. ´The recycled theme caught on so famously that we replicated the café in the South Campus as well. This one, too, has similar features such as a junk wall, an evolution wall, a basin and a bookshelf made from an old door and junk collected from Chandni Chowk,´ says interior designers, Manika Pahwa, and, Puneet Khurana, Principal Designers, Divine Spaces.

Total Area: 500 sq ft
photos: Arpan Jay Pahwa (Tasveer)
Contact: Divine Spaces, 58 Edward Lane, GTB Nagar, Delhi 110 009.
Tel: 011-4707 4206.

Vault Cafe
Umang Tewari´s Vault Cafe flaunts a unique theme - the vaults of the British East India Company. His other restaurants are Out-of-the-Box café sporting a youth-appealing décor, and Raas, which like its menu resembles a Pakistani lounge. ´I wanted something different for this restaurant and while doing my research I came across the concept of vaults that was prevalent during World War II. Built underneath houses in Europe, the vaults enabled the inhabitants to remain hidden during bomb raids. I thought this would be unique, and once the word spreads, it would attract customers especially youngsters to the café,´ says Tewari.

The gamble paid off and after having opened its doors in December 2014, the Vault café is running to full capacity with customers making a beeline for its five vaults that have iron doors with comfortable private seating areas inside.

Spread over 7,000 sq ft, a stainless steel door opens into Vault café that has cemented walls, grouting on the ceiling and Jaisalmer and wood on the floor. Portions of the ceiling and walls and even the glass windows have been covered with iron bars that further impart a vault-like feel. The seating comprises red and brown sofas in suede and leather. The only interior accessories in the restaurant are sculptures of Queen Victoria made in fibre and artefacts gracing the walls inside the vaults.

Vintage Avenue
The front door of the Vintage Avenue in North Delhi has a cycle embedded into it and with the help of old windows and doors the design takes customers to a bygone era. As the name suggests, The Vintage Avenue sports a European and Indian period look. Here, we have used windows as photo frames with posters of old movies, a front door with a cycle embedded into it, marquee lights, a wall full of sketches, chalkboard art and a bed that serves as a table,´ says Puneet Khurana, Principal Designer, Divine Spaces.

Total Area: 4,320 sq ft
photos: Arpan Jay Pahwa (Tasveer)
Contact: Divine Spaces, 58 Edward Lane, GTB Nagar, Delhi 110 009.
Tel: 011-4707 4206.

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