Pantone Collective Design Studio, Blue Baoli, Upneet Kaur, Tanya Chutani, Hospitality design, Baoli wells, Vernacular architecture, Pantone Colour of the Year 2020, Cotton & Satins, Cole & Sons

A fusion cocktail bar bathed in the Pantone colour of the year 2020

This modern eatery is a design composition by Pantone Collective Design Studio, led by Tanya Chutani, in collaboration with Upneet Kaur

Blue Baoli is an Indian cocktail bar with a fusion design language, located in Janpath, Connaught Place, the heart of the capital city Delhi. The space has different and unique characters having the ability to transform itself in a café during the day and into an uber Indian cocktail bar during the night.

This 2,000 sq-ft modern eatery is a design composition by New Delhi-based Pantone Collective Design Studio, led by Tanya Chutani, in collaboration with Upneet Kaur. The location being Janpath plays a major role in getting the attention of an audience, as it is a shopper’s delight and a hub of attraction for both tourists and locals.

“An empty room is a store waiting to happen, and the designer is its author,” states Chutani. The designer brings the story from Indian architecture to this fusion bar, adding vernacular elements in a contemporary context. The space is crafted with traditional elements like the series of steps - the Baoli wall - being the main focal point of the space, and a modern take on arches. The entire colour theme is tied up with the Pantone colour of the year 2020, adding drama to the bar and taking its audience to an experience of the blue city.

Traditional Indian interiors are known for its royalty and what better than leopards can describe it. The leopard print pop-up wallpaper from Cole & Sons catches the attention of the viewer and exudes royalty, class, and elegance. The tropical mural paintings incorporate the architectural elements of the place harmoniously into the picture bringing about the inside-out concept of landscape. The tropical-inspired cushions and upholstery from Cotton & Satins adds character to the storyline.

The space has been designed to achieve different light and shadow effect during different times of the day playing with the ambient lighting and keeping the well-lit atrium alive. Dramatic lighting is an important feature of the bar achieved by a customised modern take on classic pillar lanterns and glass globe sconces with antique brass details enhancing the aesthetic, setting the right mood and the ambiance. “Details are not just details, they make the design,” says Chutani.

A series of floor-to-ceiling arches layered in antique mirror makes the space look larger yet the rustic finish doesn’t let the look and feel of the old world charm get compromised. The rattan back armchairs and small indoor plants act as an important yet muted design element complementing the design. The space resurrects the inner passion for art, tied up in blues as the main colour language with blush rose as the accent tone. The overall concept and design process is a work of art, successfully bringing the uniqueness of strong forms, colours and patterns.

Fact file

Name of the project: Blue Baoli (BA.RUM.BAR)

Location: New Delhi

Gross built area: 2,000 sq-ft

Architecture & interior design firm: Pantone Collective Design Studio

Principal architect: Tanya Chutani

Design team: Tanya Chutani of Pantone Collective x Upneet Kaur

Year of completion: 2020

Photographs: Anirudh Datta

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