By Sonal Mamoowala
Photography: Photographix & Studio Kunal Bhatia; courtesy Studio Node
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Designers Dhruv Seth and Namrata Kaur of Studio Node prove their versatility at transforming two similar-sized mundane spaces into quirky, abstractly-named, attractive eateries for the wandering hungry soul…
Fat Kid Deli strategically located opposite the busy Vashi station at Navi Mumbai sports a contemporary design on the lines of a typical American joint, with features akin to a New York alley; while White Rose Café at Lokhandwala, Mumbai is your friendly neighbourhood café, modeled after the period-styled living room of your ancestral home!
Two spaces with totally different design solutions to meet specific briefs and requirements witness several contrasts and commonalities. Furniture design and placement, lighting fixtures, selection of material and colours, all judiciously contextualized to the target audience.
FKD on the first floor of the building literally seduces you to step in to just chill out if not for a bite, with bold graffiti screaming from the walls and graphical neon signs adding to the fun vibe of this 850 sq. ft. space. Seating offers a choice of bright coloured moulded chairs to hexagon-cushioned benches to low rustic metal and peddle-bar stools! The grunge ambience is completed with a laser-cut partition of food ingredient lettering; and a fun element F*KD written on functional shutters. The easy-going ambience actually ingeniously camouflages a design solution for the kitchen – provision of an exhaust duct!
The 800 sq. ft. White Rose Café, in contrast embraces you like a home coming with its coloured glass door, comfortable furniture and metal railings. Antiquated carved wooden tables topped with marble; wooden book cabinets and potted plants complete the living room setting, along with a raised wooden-floored balcony-like area. Interestingly laid out groups of seating cater to privacy and camaraderie, while a pitched-roof ceiling with sleeper wood rafters complete with suspended pendant lights add to the aura of nostalgia. Pastel coloured, carved picture-less frames line the walls exuding subtlety and serenity.
With adaptability as their USP, Studio Node synergizes a truly western culture into the fabric of FKD with a bent on typography; whilst a vintage themed WRC has a simplistic approach for its soothing comfort.