Enjoy the oriental flair of Koko Restaurant in Mumbai
Designed by Sumessh Menon Associates, the Japanese-inspired restaurant serves up more than delectable food - it promises an experience unlike any other
Spread across a generous 4500 sq-ft space, the design for Koko restaurant has a distinctively Asian essence blended with hints of contemporary design - a brilliant work by hospitality design guru Sumessh Menon. Rustic looking backlit arches set against rich burgundy walls - that line several walls of the entire restaurant - create an ambience that is oriental without being cliched. Inspired by the traditional Japanese rice wine saké, there is an entire wall decked up as a saké jar display that greets you at the very entrance of the restaurant hinting at the Japanese theme of the entire space.
The main bar displays an intricate Asian inspired backlit wooden screen apron with a burgundy laminum tile countertop. Touches of modern Asian design are seen on the wall opposite the bar too which displays a row of wooden panels with modern abstract carvings on it, setting a warm and distinctive backdrop for the pod seating area. The restaurant flooring is done entirely in custom terrazzo cast flooring with metal pattern inlay whereas the ceiling of the restaurant is unique wherein the designers have retained the original saw tooth roofing of the old mills, adding an earthy and authentic vibe to the restaurant.
Further ahead the restaurant closes in to form a intimate dining area divided by arched walls and a stunning cherry blossom tree standing as an ode to all things Japanese. Another arrestingly unique design feature is the gorgeous custom light installation designs across the entire restaurant, especially the Abacus lights hung above the bar, crafted entirely of crushed banana paper, lending an ethereal charm to the space.
The exquisite synthesis of raw terrazzo floors, rust coloured walls and even the cane-cladded ceiling set against a deep colour palette of burgundy, mushroom and grey lends an authentic Asian feel to the restaurant that inevitably enhances the overall dining experience manifold. Elegantly designed, the space is masterfully crafted with diverse materials that are seemingly disparate but together build a cohesive design language. This blend of elements and influences creates a beautifully balanced and harmonized dining experience.
About the Designer
Sumessh Menon is the designer and founder of Sumessh Menon Associates, an interior design firm, conceived more than a decade ago, specializing in high-end and bespoke hospitality interiors. He loves being experimental with innovative design concepts as well as with new age materials, which has now practically become his forte. His design philosophy is simply to aim for ˆwow˜ and everything else falls into place. When it comes to designing a restaurant, he asserts that it is a constant challenge to balance the practical with the desirable. An excellently designed restaurant is one that enhances the experience of enjoying delectable food by creating a comfortable environment that has style and energy and thus provide the perfect setting for memorable experiences.
His repertoire of restaurants includes high−end dining spaces across the country and around the world, from Mumbai, Delhi and Pune to New York, Dubai and South Africa. He believes that an effective restaurant design is realized by developing a functional floor plan that provides for smooth and timely service from the operational side, while delivering an equally enjoyable dining experience for customers. A designer must orchestrate varying needs of people and provide and energetic space and adequate privacy for those who desire it.
Having been published in several magazines and online portals, he has also received accolades as one of India’s Top 10 Hospitality Designers, listed in India’s Hot 100 list of Designers 2018, felicitated as one of the Top 50 Designers by iGen Awards and most recently awarded the Best Restaurant Designer of the Year 2018 BBC Good Food India.