From Baoli Wall to Tropical-Inspired Furnishings and Murals, to Ratan Back Armchairs, Blue Baoli Has Everything to Mesmerize You

Blue Baoli Portrays Vernacular Elements in Contemporary Aesthetic

Located right in the heart of the new Delhi, Janpath, Connaught Place, Blue Baoli is a 2000 square feet Indian cocktail bar designed by Tanya Chutani and Upneet Kaur of Pantone Collective Design Studio. The fusion design language of the restaurant is centered around the “Pantone colour of the year 2020”Classic Blue. The designers have added vernacular elements in a contemporary manner in the cafe. Moreover, traditional elements like the Baoli wall and arches form its interiors. The tropical-inspired theme in the soft furnishings and murals gives it an elegant and timeless appeal. The studio shared with SURFACES REPORTER (SR)more about the project. Scroll down to read:

Traditional Indian interiors Ideas-blue-baoli-janpath

The location being Janpath plays a vital role in getting the attention of an audience, as it is a shopper’s delight and a hub of attraction for both the tourists and the locals. “An empty room is a store waiting to happen, and the designer is its author.” 


The specialty of this classic blue-coloured modern eatery is its ability to transform itself into a café during the day and into an Uber Indian cocktail bar during the night.

Focal Point

The designer brings the story from Indian Architecture to this fusion bar, adding vernacular elements in a contemporary context.


The space is crafted with traditional elements like the series of steps-the Baoli wall, which is the main focal point of the space and a modern take on the series of arches. 


The whole colour theme is tied up by using the “Pantone colour of the year 2020”, which gives a dramatic look to the bar and allows the patrons to take an experiential tour of the blue city.

The Royal Touch

Traditional Indian interiors are known for their royalty and who better than leopards can describe it.


The leopard print pop-up wallpaper from Cole & Sons catches the attention of the viewer yet keeps royalty, class, and elegance intact. 

Tropical-Inspired Theme

The tropical mural paintings incorporate the architectural elements of the place harmoniously into the picture bringing about the inside-out concept of landscape.


The tropical-inspired cushions & upholstery from Cotton & Satins adds character to the storyline. And the mix of elegant blue with the pretty pink shade lends the space a dream-like appearance.

Dramatic Lighting

The space has been designed to achieve different light and shadow effects during different times of the day playing with the ambient lighting keeping the well-lit atrium alive.


Dramatic lighting is an important feature of the bar achieved by a customized modern take on classic pillar lanterns and glass globe sconces with antique brass details enhancing the aesthetic appeal, setting the right mood, and the ambiance.


“Details are not just details, they make the design”


Old-World Grace

A series of floor to ceiling arches, layered in antique mirrors, makes the space look larger, while the rustic finish enhances the old world charm. 


Rattan back armchairs and small indoor plants are important yet muted design elements in a space that resurrects an inner passion for art.


Project Details

Project Name: Blue Baoli
Architecture and Interior Design Firm: PANTONE COLLECTIVE DESIGN STUDIO
Principal Architect: Tanya Chutani
Completion Year: 2020
Gross Built Area: 2000 Sq.ft
Project Location: Janpath, New Delhi, India
Photo Courtesy: Anirudh Datta
Design Team: Tanya Chutani of Pantone Collective and Upneet Kaur

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