POH, is a reinterpretation of Asian ne dining located in Kamala Mills, Mumbai. Being the pet project of restaurateur Avik Chatterjee, the place is a beautifully rendered oriental delight. Inspired by vintage Chinese design concepts with major inuence from Shanghai and Beijing. The space sees muted greys and rich greens that capture more of the old-world oriental style and deviating from the common red shade.
Several elements of the project lend it a unique aspect and set it apart. One such concept is the Yàodiàn Bar display, which is basically a modern interpretation of an ancient Chinese apothecary inspired design, wherein the entire back wall of the bar is lined with compact drawers of 4x4 inches that contain a diverse mixture of handpicked, indigenous and seasonal herbs and ingredients. The mechanized drawers are operated by the bartender, such as to select a random drawer and thereby use the ingredients within it to concoct one of his signature cocktails!
Lighting was given prominence, so an entire wall was lined in custom Chinese-inspired vintage green lanterns that added a whole new dimension to the ambience. Pod-seating areas were decorated with Japanese inspired umbrella pendant lights that displayed beautiful origami-like coverings. The pièce de résistance, however, are the two huge, 14-foot-long sculptural cane lights that crown the dining space with glamour!
Sumessh Menon, over the years, has not only scaled the height in terms of number of projects but he has also excelled in his work: each project being one-of-its-kind. With the focus consciously shifting toward innovative and experimental designs, Sumessh’s contribution is sure to be held in high esteem.