Breaking the clichéd cafe culture
United Coffee House Rewind, a chic offshoot of the legendary 75-year-old United Coffee House, is a thrilling design venture by Chromed Design Studio
‘Rewind’ confers upon the reinvention of the United Coffee House brand where the old-world charm of the brand is retained while transforming its spirit into a chic yet contemporary setting. Located in Chandigarh, the restro-bar amplifies the regal charm and diverse characteristics of the city and gives it a much-needed breakthrough from the cliché café culture. The design scheme was set to achieve a gleaming environment for the reinvention of this venerable brand with a unique mix of classical styles infused with a contemporary burst of colours where all the revellers could come together under one roof to have a rendezvous.
Upon entering the space, one experiences an inordinately patterned seating area while being greeted with boho-chic lighting features, pattern tiles on the floor and solid colour blocking with presiding hints of blue. The overall design language of the space is intentionally tied together using arches of various scales and sizes, which can be seen throughout the different zones of the restaurant. The brass lattice (jaali pattern) in compliance with the theme stimulated by arches runs all across the sphere. The comprehensively used Sabyasachi-inspired wallpaper here emanates a robust demeanour to the space.
In the main dining space, the first thing one notices is the opulent Baroque print on the vaulted ceiling. The dramatic print reminisces gothic stained-glass windows, and leaves a colossal impression on the patron’s mind. An enormous candelabra chandelier dangles from this painstakingly done ceiling. A giant glass ellipse with a pattern similar to the brass lattice formulated with vinyl stickers, forefronted by the DJ area next catches the eye of the visitors. An array of arch-shaped mouldings on the walls confining bohemian artwork serves to be the focal facet for the design scheme. The intricate carpet design below the authentic United Coffee House seating configuration further augments the magnificence.
The glamorous booth seating on the right flanked by heavy curtains is again transitioned through splendid orange arches with ornate white motifs embellished upon, setting up the true fashion of the space. The booths are segregated assimilating the arch-shaped brass lattice accentuating the stunning ornamentation and luxe. This amorous setup works as a masterstroke for the entire area.
United Coffee House Rewind exudes modernity with its bold expressions. The design tends to connect past and present while resonating the glam of different design styles and balancing out the hackneyed imprints of architecture history.
Name: United Coffee House
Completion: December 2019
Gross built area: 2,750 sq-ft
Design team: Abhigyan Neogi, Dhruv DV, Dev Gakhar, Amandeep Kaur, Muskan Kapoor