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Writing on the wall

Smoke House Deli which has recently been nominated for United Kingdom's Restaurant and bar design awards, offers a unique decor feature - handmade-illustrated designs.

entertainment Updated: Mar 06, 2010 01:14 IST

When one thinks of the ambience of a restaurant, all one think of is about good lighting, open area, good music. But HT City while reviewing the decor of Smoke House Deli, a Saket restaurant that has recently been nominated for United Kingdom's Restaurant and bar design awards, figured out that the place offers a unique decor feature - handmade-illustrated designs, which are done across the entire restaurant.



From the outdoor signage, main-door, to wallpapers and cabinets - the restaurant has designs that have been hand-drawn, using a simple black permanent marker. The detailing is such that it almost gives you an illusion of a real object on the wall.



Decoding the design

"Our approach was to keep the interiors very open and friendly, and something that amuses our guests. I have drawn wall-clocks, photo frames and jars on the wall without using a ruler to give it a more realistic effect," says Ayaz Basrai, the interior designer of the restaurant and the artist behind the illustrations.



Other designs include a bread shelf and a fruit basket. There's also a hand-drawn book shelf that has drawings of recipe books and food books from around the world. The bar area again provides you with a different experience with illustrations of bottles, exotic drinks and their logos with a big wall-clock right next to it.



Art says it all

Drawing minute designs on the wall also required focus on the part of the designer, as he used to paint even when the


restaurant was open and onlookers would distract. "It took me 25 days to complete the whole design, the focus was more on detailing, so that the person who visits the restaurant again still has lots to explore in the drawings," says Basrai.