By Savitha Hira
Although design means big business in the hospitality industry, a focussed design exercise that can brilliantly strategize a business model is a welcome treat anytime, anywhere...
The act of designing, whether on fresh grounds or a refurbishing exercise, can be inherently challenging, to say the least. Yet, just as we writers flirt with our vocabulary, finding newer ways to express ourselves, architects and interior designers find different elements that are conducive to their periodic musings and learning curves, flirting with their personal connect with the project and the answerable needs of their clients.
Collaborative Architecture led by Mujib Ahmed and Lalita Tharani is a Mumbai-based firm fast garnering international renown. Their most recent accomplishment, Mezban – a restaurant in Calicut, South India, recipient of several awards and considered to be one of the most innovative fine-dine spaces of the year internationally, is a simple exercise in design rejuvenation ably complemented by fine execution.
A restrained yet indulgent use of form is seen through the toothed edges of the sofas and the curvilinear bucket seats in an otherwise straight-lined interior. Ushering in a miniscule design shift but sustaining the craft of line-work, are the contemporary chandeliers in the alcove seating and the subtle lines that define peripheral details.
The project derives its strength from its minimalist palette, imaginative application of design elements and a functional floor plate that is the ultimate key to good hospitality business.