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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 inuence 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.

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