Hotel Devi Ratn, Jaipur is an interior renovation project by Designers Group, where an exquisite palatial experience captures the very essence of the Pink City. The new facelift features an eclectic blend of modish details, vernacular handicrafts and typically Indian motifs. The theme is a personification of the word ‘ratn’ or ‘jewel,’ where one is greeted by a glistening porch that is accentuated by elements such as operational auto-rickshaw and a royal chariot. The lobby is an assortment of colourful hues, featuring red chevron flooring, a composition of décor items, furniture configurations and lighting elements that are a testament to the dexterity of the region’s craftsmen. The reception pods have been created in a manner where an existing ‘Haveli darwaza’ serves as the backdrop, with splendid mirror embroidery that perfectly represents Rajasthani culture. Scroll down to read the Studio’s description of the project.
At the entrance is a porch that is recreated with glistening ceiling design and lighting elements. The area is further accentuated by elements including operational auto-rickshaw and a royal chariot that forms to be a prepossessing canvas for Jaipur Art to give the guests a tour of the entire premises. One enters the hotel through the airlock lobby featuring a modish furniture setup exemplary of the local craftsmanship. Delving inside, the main lobby illustrates an epitome of magnificence. The brilliantly done existing flooring in red chevron pattern was retained, emerging a major challenge where the entire sphere became a red monotone due to the red GRC architectural envelope. In order to wipe out the impact of red, the lobby was turned into an assortment of colourful hues through the composition of vibrant décor items, furniture configurations, lighting elements and customised soft furnishings enthused with peacock & butterflies from the Bharatpur sanctuary as a theme of the waiting area and the community seating. Chandeliers designed with a modish approach dangle from the ceiling with the notion of breaking the volume of the tunnel-like interiors, transforming the aura into a palatial feel. A showpiece imitating a bowing horse structure is installed here in commemoration of Maharaja Jai Singh who was the Hindu Rajput Ruler, granting a glorious and welcoming vibe for the guests. Reception pods are designed in such a way that an existing Haveli Darwaza serves as the backdrop with splendid mirror embroidery, reflecting the Rajasthani culture. These pods were made out of Indian stones with minimalistic design details. Small handicrafts emulating trucks, carts and elephants add to be the focal facets of the regime. Each component infused in this composition has some reference with the art & crafts of Jaipur, narrating the poetry of Jaipur as a whole.
The entire hotel exemplifies bold, big and captivating with subtle regional nuance. The public areas were interlinked with a connecting corridor which is now outlined to exemplify robust attributes with sparkling lighting design & landscaping stimulated by Mughal architecture. The design meanders the patrons to a ramp that goes into the all-day dining. The all-day dining restaurant called “Vyom” has a rib vault framework. A variety of seating spaces were created for an experiential experience with a clear view of Aravalli hills which confers onto an amorous & snug setup to savour. Vyom also caters to the guests with a segregated private fragment incorporating community dining table, library units, artefacts and other décor elements with a gleaming ambience. The wall of the buffet area inculcates “henna art” laid out on the tiles in an idiosyncratic blue pattern serving as a focal facet.
Moving towards the bar area known as Mandala, it serves as a celestial marvel where the existing ceiling done in mirror illustrated an astounding facet. A new acoustic system was set out to retain the ceiling. The white curtains draped around the seating cluster used reflected on the ceiling posing as a showstopper while giving an indulgent yet soft air to the entire shell. The hard flooring was replaced with a customised carpet, both the curtains and carpet provided for the acoustical regime of the bar-area.
With a lavish architecture & scale, the rooms were divided into four categories where the most compact room rolled over 550 sq. ft. The resplendent existing flooring laid out in a mosaic chevron pattern devised with charcoal grey and white was retained as it bestowed a strong bare characteristic. The headboard walls were envisaged with digital Indian art wall coverings encompassing the concept of Ratn (an Indian motif of jewellery), also carving Jaipur’s culture with contemporary sophistication. Some replica jewellery pieces were framed on this wall highlighting the vitality of Jaipur’s heritage. The bedside lamps also granted a mirage of semi precious stones which Jaipur is popular for fabricating. The luxurious details incorporated in the form of bedside table handles in antique brass finish were inspired by the jewellery manufactured in Jaipur. The rooms consisted of fairly large wooden windows which were inspired from the strong geometry and filigree work of the building envelope in a parametric format. The flooring subsuming predominant character with black & white colours was balanced; assimilating soft furnishings including multi-coloured rugs, cushions, fabric and curtains with other accessories galvanized from regal ‘pheta & kalgi’ of Maharaja Sahib of Jaipur while resonating with the glocal spirit. Indigenous wooden accessories like trucks & rickshaws modelled into small scale were also integrated in the design, reflecting the Indian art & culture while adding onto the sparkling aura of the arena.