Reminiscing Memories: Shabnam Gupta

The Butler & The Bay Leaf

In the city of Mumbai, which is home to individuals who connect to it through its architecture to history to the magical feeling of all dreams coming true, sits the designer’s attempt to recreate one such dream-The Butler & the Bay Leaf. The Butler & the Bay Leaf is more than just a restaurant; it’s a journey. A journey that retraces events that unfolded during the evolution of Bombay to Mumbai.

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The entire design revels around these memories. Memories of an old British home that housed gatherings wherein the love for authentic Indian home-cooked meals were celebrated. Reminiscing this essence of time, the Butler and the Bay leaf sits in the heart of Juhu. The open flow of the restaurant has a sense of familiarity. Maybe makes you think of your grandmother’s home that has been refurbished to a restaurant today?

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The long glass façade encompassing the entity with greens and botanical prints brings in warmth and light to the space. The columns are wrapped in wooden panels finished in deep blue colour which house black and white photographs of the era unfolding the story of generations. 

The classic furniture and actual vintage pieces weave together the feeling of home. The colour palate of blue & white with vintage cane fabric is followed in the furniture with a pop of yellow. The vintage accessories are left in their raw state merging perfectly with its surroundings. 

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The Butler and the Bay Leaf design comes straight from the heart. A perfect blend of a British mind and an Indian soul. The sense of familiarity to this space for each one of us arises from all the stories we have heard at bedtime from our grandparents, of an era that was.

Project Details

Name: The Butler & the Bay Leaf 
Location: Mumbai
Design: The Orange Lane

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About Shabnam Gupta

Founder, The Orange lane, Mumbai

An award-winning interior designer, Shabnam Gupta started out small with her big dreams in tow. But clarity has always been her forte. Be it in her arresting design and interiors now, or at the tender age of 16 when it was clear to her that she was destined for design. Booming with ideas for an evolving design landscape, Shabnam wanted to open up her artistic vision and let the world embrace it. Driven by her passion for design and encouraged by her strong entrepreneurial spirit, Shabnam Gupta set out on a path that redefined her identity. The Orange Lane was born in 2003 and has now grown by leaps and bounds into a force to reckon with. 

This Project has got originally published in the February 2020 issue of Surfaces Reporter Magazine.

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