Flexible communal seating spaces allow multiple configurations and serve as the perfect interlude. The furniture pieces were custom-designed in sync with the warm and earthy aesthetic, explains Shah.
Escape city chaos at this warm, minimalist Mumbai restaurant
Vanika Choudhary didn’t have to spell out a brief to Ashiesh Shah for her newest baby, Noon. The architect had been a patron of Sequel, Choudhary's popular Mumbai...
- Rahul Chugh
- Mar 19, 2022
Vanika Choudhary didn’t have to spell out a brief to Ashiesh Shah for her newest baby, Noon. The architect had been a patron of Sequel, Choudhary's popular Mumbai bistro that focusses on clean-eating, for over five years and even came on board to redesign it three years ago. He was thus familiar with the brand's core philosophy, which she sought to extend to her latest venture. “The process involved exchanging ideas, listening to each other and staying true to the brand philosophy,” she says.
Warm honey oak veneer runs across the floor and walls of the fine dine area with a Channapatna light looming seven feet above.
The formal, fine dining space transitions into a more relaxed cafe area that's characterized by its terracotta flooring, organic shelving, and oyster-like light fixtures.
The naturally-lacquered, off-white Channapatna light in the formal dining area was made from handspun beads, in collaboration with Noor Salma, a master craftsperson.
Located in a bustling office centre at Bandra Kurla Complex, Noon is named for the Kashmiri word for salt, a key ingredient that brings out the true flavour of any dish. Adding to Choudhary’s sentiment, Shah says that the brief was to retain the charm of its predecessor, and marry modernity and subtlety through a fusion of craft and organic food.
“This space exudes timelessness through a multi-sensory character, evident in the tactility of its interiors—a homage to Indian craftsmanship celebrating the ethos of slow living,” he says.
Choudhary wanted the decor to be minimal and contemporary so that the spotlight could be on the food and craft cocktails. “The menu has been designed keeping in mind the indigenous produce that’s sourced from across the country and the idea was to celebrate this rich produce, so it was imperative for the design to be subtle,” she explains.
Since Noon was designed when the country was in the throes of the pandemic and lockdown, the designers faced an array of challenges stemming from custom design and time-based decision-making. “In addition to ensuring contractor welfare, each piece of furniture was calculatedly curved, technically drawn and skilfully produced, which required a constant evaluation and some painstaking alterations. Having infused craft within the space, collaborating with artisans from the remote villages in India was yet another challenge in the midst of the pandemic,” Shah elaborates.
As you enter, you take in the rough textured, monotone walls and the patterned terracotta brick floor. Each material is celebrated through curved facets. While the soft-edged cafe area is umbrellaed by fluid oyster-like light fixtures, a crisply-finished central partition leads into a chic dining space that evokes slow living and a refined lifestyle. This half is encapsulated by a warm honey oak wood veneer that runs from the ground, onto the walls and along the gridded facade.
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