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D'Two States

 

Founded by a Maharashtrian and Punjabi couple, D'Two States restaurant was designed trying to encapsulate the couple’s Maharashtrian and Punjabi backgrounds which translated into the design story for this space. D'Two States restaurant was designed keeping the specific theme of Maharashtra and Punjab in mind. The entire restaurant has been divided by using elements of design from the Maharashtrian culture to the left and Punjabi culture to the right.

Starting out at the main entrance, a cherry red arched doorway with hand painted warli and phulkari art leads to the restaurants ground floor. Towards the left, the walls are adorned with back lit laser cut panels depicting different forms of warli art combined with a central panel designed using the traditional Maharashtrian paithani saree draped in an aesthetic form. The curved staircase has been used as a canvas for hand painted art depicting the Maharashtrian traditional dance - Lavni.

Towards the right of the space, back lit laser cut panels have been created using an abstract form of phulkari art from Punjab. The central panel is adorned with elegantly draped Lucknowi fabric paired with traditional Punjabi turbans. The curved staircase towards this side has hand painted art form depictions of the traditional Punjabi Bhangra dance form.

The central walkway leading up to the bar between the two sides has been designed by creating hand painted artwork on the floor tiles in the form of intricate patterns. The bar too has draped fabric created with the Paithani saree and Lucknowi fabric paired with traditional thalis acting as shelves for the bar back. The lighting as well has been inspired by the traditional Maharashtrian 'Laman Diyas' or lanterns. The furniture design captures the essence of both cultures. A modern take on the traditional "khatiya" seating was created using intricately woven fabric ropes. The cushion upholstery also has embroidered and foil printed details of phulkari and warli art work.

The symmetrically placed curved staircases lead up to the mezzanine floor which has been divided in a similar manner. Towards the left, traditional forms of Maharashtrian jewellery such as the "nath" placed within wooden frames adorn the walls. The paint pattern has been created using gold and off white and originates from the wall light fixture thereby depicting light beams.

On the right-hand side of the mezzanine floor, the walls are designed using traditional elements of Punjab like the "kada" and "kirpan" and are placed in an elegant manner.

 

Founded by a Maharashtrian and Punjabi couple, D'Two States restaurant was designed trying to encapsulate the couple’s Maharashtrian and Punjabi backgrounds. The space was designed keeping the specific theme of Maharashtra and Punjab in mind. A cherry red arched doorway handpainted with warli and phulkari elements leads into this culturally inspired space. Divided by using elements of design from both cultures, towards the left back lit laser cut panels depict different forms of warli art and are paired with an aesthetically draped Maharashtrian Paithani Sari. The curved staircase has been used as a canvas for hand painted art depicting the Maharashtrian dance of Lavni to the left and Bhangra to the right. Towards the right of the space, back lit laser cut panels have been created using an abstract form of phulkari art from Punjab. The central panel is adorned with elegantly draped Lucknowi fabric paired with traditional Punjabi turbans.

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