Abhigyan Neogi, Founder, Chromed Design Studio, Delhi
Recognised pan India specifically for their eclectic and emblematic interiors, Chromed Design Studio plays in a multiplicity of repertoires, never sticking to purity of style, rather letting the vicinity translate into a vocabulary that is both informal and bold. Their décors are their playground, spaces where spontaneity and magic are de rigueur.Spearheading Chromed Design Studio is Abhigyan Neogi where, through his individual expertise has contributed towards the firm’s robust image in the design industry. Apart from creating avant-grade design strategies that redefine the façade of modern community life, he has also been a speaker sharing his experience on various platforms like Talk of the Town, 2019 by Surfaces Reporter, FOAID 2018-19, CWAB-19 and Indian Restaurant Congress-19.
A Project by Abhigyan Neogi: REALISATION OF VIRAT KOHLI’S DEMEANOUR, PASSION AND ENERGY
The latest venture in the line-up of the highly recognised brand One8 by Virat Kohli is One8 Commune, a premium hospitality project located in the heart of one of the emerging business sectors and buzzing new party address, Aerocity, in the national capital. In addition to the sumptuous design, it stands as a perfect and seamless realisation of the ace cricketer’s cool demeanour, pragmatic passion and exuberant energy into a brand establishment making it a perfect combination of panache and a welcoming ambiance.
The design theme of One8 Commune is thus solely based on the theme of togetherness that aims to bring together people of varied tastes and from different backgrounds. From lowkey vibe chillers to crazy party freaks, from crazy and eccentric creative artists to the suave & sophisticated corporate go-getters, it is a place that invites them all.
The initial brief of the project was to create a laid back, unpretentious space where one can enjoy scrumptious food and chill with friends.
The design vocabulary is a mix of minimal intervention with subtle finishes and bright accents in places that needed to be highlighted with an extravagant appeal.
The space allocation of the various functions showcase a quintessential restaurant style zoning. The seating plan is very simplistic throughout this restaurant & bar and has been split into two levels, connected with a modish suspended steel staircase, taking into account the differing level of privacy and openness that users prefer.
The users are given a choice to choose between covered, open and semi-open balcony sitting, thus catering to all preferences.
The main service cores like the kitchen and washrooms have been snugged on to the upper level for a privatised utility, available only to the customers. A small bar for smoothies and cocktails has also been incorporated for easier access during rush hours.
The formulation of this splendid gastropub begins at the façade, which is a mesmerising combination of double heighted grey wainscoting panels and a white terrazzo gate adding to the simplicity and sophistication of the design.
As one enters into the establishment, they are greeted with a huge wall glistening with the autograph of Virat Kohli and equally huge bar on its left which sets a notion of a positive and grand experience in the minds of the user.
Another sport based feature is an illuminated score board that displays the scores of popular ongoing sporting events ranging from tennis to badminton to cricket. The bar has a monolithic cast in situ terrazzo with brass inlay logo and long back for additional impact.
The space has been accentuated further with the use of interior plants and neon displays. Apart from the statement autographed wall, the staircase has golden round lamps hanging asymmetrically from the ceiling that makes for another eyecatching yet subtle piece of art. The interiors of the dining bar are quite subtle and modest.
An overall colour palette in shades of purple & plum have been incorporated for a posh aesthetic.
Minimal and simplistic furniture has been integrated seamlessly with and hence compliment the seemingly plain colours and unambiguous design of the restaurant.
Name: One 8 Commune
Architect’s Firm: Chromed Design Studio
Design Team: Abhigyan Neogi, Piyusha Upadhyay & Shikhar Gaur
Project location: Worldmark 2, Aerocity, Delhi
Commencement: May 2018
Completion: May 2019
Gross Built Area: 4500 sq ft
Photo credits: Arvind Hoon
Client: Ankit Tayal, Vartik Tihara and Virat Kohli
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