Casa Paradox joins hands with Olive Bar & Kitchen to add zest to Olive Qutub and Serai in Delhi
Interior designer Raseel Gujral Ansal works closely with Sabina Singh, design director of the Olive Group of restaurants to create a space where you can sip on style
Every wall is a canvas, for a true blue artist. Taking this philosophy forward, two iconic Indian brands, Casa Paradox and Olive Bar & Kitchen, have collaborated on a design project. Well-known interior designer and practising artist, Raseel Gujral Ansal adds a touch of pop to Olive Qutub, one of the most beautiful restaurants in the capital, with her nature-inspired series of wall art, larger-than-life paper lanterns and table décor elements.
An initiative led by two power women – Ansal of Casa Paradox and Sabina Singh, design director of the Olive Group of restaurants, the project is an extension of the Casa Paradox pop up that opened at the One Style Mile earlier this year as well as part of the continuing celebration of 15 years of Olive in New Delhi.
A true blue bohemian, Ansal lives through her art and has conceptualised this design project as an extension of her belief that design can breathe fresh energy into any space. For her, it has been an absolute delight to work on Olive Qutub, which has always been a trendsetter and also happens to be her personal favourite. “I see every space through an imaginary lens. Fashion, art, life – everything is a stimulus. I look forward to such hospitality projects as they take one on a memorable experiential journey,” she declares.
The first restaurant to come upon a delightful Mediterranean haveli and turn it into a Moghul mansion set in the shade of the majestic Qutub Minar, Olive brings together style, art, culture and music. For Ansal as well, this historic region is home to her eclectically designed pop up that showcases the entire universe of design that thrives under the umbrella of the Casa Paradox brand and its founders – Raseel and Navin Ansal).
Singh, known for her design aesthetics, is the creative brain behind the distinctive vibe of Soda Bottle Opener Wala, The Grammar Room, Serai, Olive Bistros – to name just a few. She is a designer of repute who enjoys an insider’s perspective on the space and has worked closely with Ansal to perfect this project. She feels that the most important aspect while designing a restaurant is to ensure that the audience connects with the product.
The result of this creative alliance is breath-taking, as Ansal’s designs and powerful graphics provide a new visual dimension to Olive Qutub and Serai. She blends her Sunderban Mahal wallpaper with the luscious brushes of frescoes that already graced the arched walls of Serai; green palms becoming the leitmotif of this space.
Meanwhile, in the courtyard outside, Ansal revs up the white canvas with interjections of blue through her Urban Jungle series. By adorning Olive with her art, she has not only set a unique backdrop for culinary experiences – but has also provided inspiration for Chef Dhruv Oberoi to create a complementary ‘mini casa amuse bouche’ along with a special cocktail, The Gin Paradox by mixologist Harish Chhimwal – keeping the colour scheme in mind.