In­te­rior De­signer Min­nie Bhatt dis­cusses the chal­lenges of de­sign­ing a restau­rant

MGS Architecture - - Restaurant Design & Lighting -

For In­te­rior De­signer Min­nie Bhatt pure ma­te­ri­als like wood, ce­ment plaster, metal and glass are time­less and hence, al­ways in trend


The in­te­rior de­sign is of­ten based on a con­cept or theme. The aim can be to re­flect the restau­rant’s name, its lo­ca­tion, cui­sine, the lo­cal cul­ture, a pop­u­lar trend, or the owner’s vi­sion. In fact, all these as­pects need to be con­sid­ered while de­sign­ing a restau­rant. The name of the restau­rant def­i­nitely di­rects the style and vibe of the am­bi­ence to be cre­ated, and the de­sign lan­guage to be used. The brand­ing de­sign too needs to be in sync with the in­te­ri­ors. The cui­sine too plays a big role in de­ter­min­ing the in­te­ri­ors as all these fac­tors need to come to­gether to cre­ate a suc­cess­ful restau­rant brand.

Though ev­ery restau­rant has a unique look, I feel ma­te­ri­als such as wood, ce­ment plaster, metal and glass are ver­sa­tile ma­te­ri­als and can be used in in­nu­mer­able ways to suit the de­sign lan­guage of the space


As re­gards ma­te­ri­als, I love the ho­mo­ge­neous look and feel of poured ce­ment floors (IPS); it is earthy and yet ver­sa­tile in colour. Walls I like to en­hance with var­i­ous kinds of tex­tures ei­ther cre­ated in ce­ment plaster, se­porex or Plaster of Paris and some­times even paint. This lends a lot of char­ac­ter to the space. I like the chairs and ta­bles to be of dif­fer­ent de­signs and fin­ished with dif­fer­ent soft fur­nish­ings for an eclec­tic look. We use a com­bi­na­tion of warm pen­dant lights and spot lights for the de­sired light­ing in a restau­rant space, all of which are on dim­mers to cre­ate dif­fer­ent moods and am­biance.

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