Saturday, April 28, 2012

Guglee 2

Recently Nora and me collaborated to design a 50 seater Indian restaurant  with live kitchen by the name Guglee located in West Hampstead, London. The client team is a group of young enterprising people from various streams of restaurant and hotel industry who have come together to form a combination that provides good food, great service and most importantly facilitates opportunities to fresh ideas. The design is a result of us as designers and them as clients working together towards a constructive buildup of the final product.

The restaurant opened few weeks back and was well received by the customers, so if you do happen to be around west hampstead do drop by and let me know what you feel.

Additional drawings, details, 3ds and photos to follow very soon.

Paris Trip

Day 1 (6th April 2012)
Arrival at Garde du Nord.
Monmarte, Basilique de Sacre Coeur,
Artists Square (Place du tertre)
Pigalle, Moulin Rouge.
Lunch @ Suffren on Avenue de la Motte Picquet
Tour Eiffel
Muse'e du Quai Branly (Jean Nouvel)
Rue Cler (pedestrian street with restaurants)

Day 2 (7th April 2012)
Centre Pompidou
Hotel de Ville
Walk around Notre Dame Cathedral
St. Louis, Siene Riverside, Islands
Cite Square
Walk along Bvld St Michel
Luxembourg Gardens
Dinner @ St. Germaine

Day 3 (8th April 2012)
Place de la Concorde
Jardin des Tuileries
Place des Pyramides
Muse'e du Louvre
Institute du Monde Arab (Jean Nouvel)
Notre Dame Cathedral
Dinner @ Quartier Latin

Day 4 (9th April 2012)
Arc de Triumphe
Walk along Champs-E,lyse'e
Citroen building, Rond Point,
Grand Palais, Petit Palais
Av. Winston Churchill, Pont Alexandre 3 bridge,
Walked along river Cours la Reine
Jardin de Trocadero
Lunch @ Monmarte.

In Woody Alen's Midnight in Paris one of the character rhetorically asks "has there been any painting, movie, photograph, book or poem that can compete with a city?", One thing here is certain him asking this in Paris certainly strengthens his case. Beautiful city and a very appropriate one for a film that celebrates nostalgia and retreat from the present, just as we retreated from our present day routines of everyday life designing single serving city-like, banal geographies Paris....