Blue Baoli by Pantone Collective’s Tanya Chutani in collaboration with Upneet Kaur, located in Janpath, New Delhi, is a wonderful illustration of the contemporary manifestation of vernacular design elements. The fusion design language of this Indian cocktail bar is centred around the Pantone colour of the year, Classic Blue, and traditional elements such as the Baoli wall and arches that comprise the interior architecture of the space. A tropical inspired theme features in the murals and soft furnishings. Rattan back armchairs and indoor plants create an ambience that encapsulates an old-world charm, accentuated by the dramatic lighting fixtures and antique brass detailing. Scroll down to read the Studio’s description of the project.
Indian architecture is the context for this 2000 sq ft modern eatery. The space is crafted with traditional elements like the series of steps—the Baoli wall (which is the focal point of the design) and a modern take on the series of arches. The entire theme has been tied up utilising the Pantone colour of the year 2020 to add drama to the bar, and take customers on an experiential journey through the blue city.
Traditional Indian interiors are a feature of royalty, and nothing pays homage to that like the leopard motif. The leopard print pop-up wallpaper from Cole & Sons catches the eye yet maintains a sense of royalty, class, and elegance. The tropical murals complement the architectural elements of the restaurant harmoniously, bringing out the inside-out concept of landscape. The tropical-inspired cushions and upholstery from Cotton & Satins adds character.
The space has been designed to achieve different light and shadow effects during various times of the day, enhanced by ambient lighting in this well-lit atrium. Dramatic lighting fixtures are an important feature of the bar—a customised contemporary take on classic pillar lanterns and glass globe sconces with antique brass details enhance the aesthetic appeal, and play a big part in setting the right mood, and ambience.
A series of floor to ceiling arches, layered in antique mirror, makes the space look larger, while the rustic finish enhances the old world charm. Rattan back armchairs and small indoor plants are important yet muted design elements in a space that resurrects an inner passion for art.