Luxebook August 2023

The beauty of a space doesn’t lie merely in its aesthetics but in the stories that inspire it. Here colours, textures and design all come together to create an environment that represents the restaurateur’s vision. In the 2020s, restaurants and cafes in India seek to offer so much more than just a delicious meal. They seek to evoke an emotion, create lasting memories, and instil a specific ambience that will have you traveling halfway around the world to what evokes the sense of a home. The concept of a home in a café is not alien to interior designers and architects, provoking them to create an entire genre of spaces that imbibe homely aesthetics. Whether you’re drawn to ultra-chic dining rooms like HOME in New Delhi, SoBo’s old glamour like Nksha in Mumbai, Jaipur’s classic blue themed décor at Bar Palladio or a certain vintage charm with The Bhawanipur House, Kolkata, there’s sure to be a new landmark added to your list for impeccable food, drink, and design. Though all of these are well known for their superb food, they also have another common factor—cozy, layered interiors that feel inviting and refreshingly unrestaurant like.The approach to these commercial spaces is with the thought of creating a second home pretty much like saying – When you come into our restaurants, we want you to feel like you’re in someone’s house. Here’s what LuxeBook found out about cafes that take homes as their ultimate inspiration. Veronica’s Mumbai Shonan Purie Trehan, Founder & Principal Architect at L.A.B describes Veronica’s in a unique way, “The space has been designed to preserve classic elements of the original bakery. Inspired by old Bandra homes and bakeries, Veronica’s is adorned with classic, glazed Dado tiles with floral motifs, that juxtapose the industrial grunge aesthetics brought by the epoxy flooring. The material used includes old-world tiles balanced with raw metal finishes, with a mint green colour palette reminiscent of the old homes in Ranwar village, with BY ARUSHI SAKHUJA Different in design and decor, they have one thing in common, they make you feel like you are in the luxury of your home. Anand Virman, Greater Than Gin, Co-founder Feel at home: Beautifully designed restaurants that mimic homes turmeric yellow and sunset orange adding a modernistic touch.” As you walk in, a refurbished graffiti (by St+art India) in a riot of colours on the facade (originally painted by Portuguese artist Akacorleone) immediately catches your eye. Reminiscent of the location it once was, there are several such design elements that pay homage to this truly Bandra landmark. Whether for breakfast, after a brisk walk, a fuss-free lunch, a reason to catch up with friends or just an excuse to get out of the house - Veronica’s in Bandra serves as a casual place to catch up over bites. It is a relatively new all-day sandwich shop housed inside the iconic St. Jude’s Bakery, located in a narrow bylane in the quaint village of Ranwar. Right at the entrance, you will be greeted by an interactive coffee and sandwich bar that runs into the kitchen, and a small glass display case brimming with bakes,house-made cookies,and desserts.The community table style seating right in the middle encourages you to socialize and interact with friends and strangers or just sit by and linger on your own! “The interiors have been designed to make you feel comfortable, like hanging out at a friend’s home, while the ‘Bandra Bulletin’, a community pin board, promises to keep you posted about everything that’s happening in the hood. Coffee lovers can pick up ‘Bean Bags’, exclusive coffee beans by Veronica’s while shopaholics can indulge in Veronica’s Mumbai Veronica’s Mumbai 28|LUXEBOOK|AUGUST 2023 AUGUST 2023 |LUXEBOOK|29 THE HOME AESTHETIC