PONDICHERI CAFE & BAKE LAB
INTERIOR DESIGN. ARCHITECTURE. CUSTOM FURNITURE. WALL-ART DIRECTION. LIGHTING
Creating the atmosphere for an Indian food restaurant seems like a no brainer but in fact took some studying. Specially for a city like NYC where a sense of stimulation never lacks. The challenge was to use colors that in fact stimulated but did not over excite the fast neurotic pace already instilled in its inhabitants. More importantly, where to add and deduct the stimulus was key. The restaurant needed to identify with the new city and introduce a new type of Indian food recognized by James Beard. Controlled chaos needed to be inviting.
Existing floors were left with the scars of decades use, the industrials of ceilings and sky lights restored to its original source and art adorned the walls supporting to the local artist. Artisan tile from Indian was made to order echoing the existing hexagonal floor shapes. The marriage of the two worlds came together by infusing custom lighting inspired from the electrical grids in the streets of Deli and positive, loving messages printed to look like street signage but in fact made into wall paper art applied directly onto century old brick walls.