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Theory

Location
Kamala Mills, Mumbai

Status
Built

Year of Completion
2016

Photographer
Sheena Sippy

Size
810 Sq.M.

Design Team
Sameep Padora, Manasi Punde, Aparna Dhareshwar, Surabhi Dahivalkar, Sameep Padora, Sandy Patwa, Aniket Umaria

The spatial experience within Theory is characterized by a sense of restrained elegance, where deep tones of leather and charred wood create an atmosphere of understated opulence. The design concept revolves around the use of dark colors and tactile textures to convey a sense of luxury and sophistication.

The predominant color palette of deep black is not merely about color but rather about texture, with a focus on creating a tactile and sensory experience for visitors. The charred wood backdrop serves as a dramatic canvas against which the events of the space unfold, providing a rich and immersive backdrop for the dining experience. Key elements within the space, such as the bar made of compressed coal and the ceiling clad in sandstone, challenge conventional material choices and add a unique twist to the design narrative.

The use of compressed coal for the bar creates a striking visual contrast against the dark backdrop, while the sandstone cladding on the ceiling adds a touch of warmth and texture to the space. The charred wood cladding is punctuated by strips of polished brass and leather upholstery, which serve to highlight the textural richness of the deep black shell. These subtle accents add depth and visual interest to the space, creating a sense of refinement and sophistication. The design of Theory embodies a contemporary interpretation of luxury, where dark tones and tactile textures come together to create a space that is both refined and inviting. By challenging traditional material choices and embracing a bold aesthetic, Theory offers a unique and memorable dining experience that resonates with modern sensibilities.