Serving up classic comfort food, this split-level all-day diner from Auriga Hospitality & Entertainment features a whimsical interior designed by up-and-coming Mumbai design practice, Busride Design Studio.
Inspired by the unchecked whimsy of childhood years, Ayaz and Zameer Basrai of Busride Design Studio have created a playful and welcoming environment within this new diner.
The overall aesthetic of the space is unabashedly modelled on a ‘grandmother’s larder’ – full as it is of quirky props and oddities. Central to the design is a wall installation of asymmetrically-mounted wooden cabinets and shelves, laden with an assortment of knick-knacks, and framing a vibrantly-illuminated jukebox.
The diner’s windows are concealed with pleated chikan-work curtains, while vintage stained glass lamps hang over the teak wood tables. Lage candy jars, filled with Phantom cigarettes and Bull’s Eye candies, adorn the bar to complement this retro feel.
One of the design team’s central preoccupations was to open up the site to the outside, and large picture windows and a skylit roof work to maximise the amount of natural light within the space.
The outdoor terrace of the Jamjar adds to this blur of interior and exterior, opening into the mezzanine and creating a rather surreal backdrop in the process. Here, Busride Design Studio has created a playful, abstract landscape using china mosaic patterns.
By day, the terrace area creates a bright, cheerful space, before transforming into a rather more quiet, romantic environment by night. Providing a refuge from the lively bar area downstairs, the terrace becomes more of a relaxed lounge area.