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Unlocked Café and Escape Room

Walls - Cement plaster + Hand-painted graphics | Flooring - Hexagonal Kota + Kadappa + marble | Ceiling - Cement plaster | Photography by: Photographix Sebastian + Ira

Liquid Meal

Walls - Cement Plaster | Mural on wall - PVC pipes painted in bright ‘fruity’ colours with melamine polish | Photography by: Kunal Bhatia

The Wicker Studio

Walls - Exposed brick + Cement plaster | Floor - Kota stone-tile + pebbles | Partition - Wired glass in MS frame | Photography by: Kunal Bhatia

Café Zen at Uplands

Walls - Dark grey paint | Floor - Leather finished granite flooring + wood | Perforated-metal - pivot doors cum room dividers + Hanging lights | Photography by: Kunal Bhatia

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Showcase 09 Apr 2018

Colour Stories: Workshop.inc and the spaces they craft, that are all work and a lot more play

Workshop Inc., a multidisciplinary practice based in Ahmedabad, interweaves art, graphics, material, textures and stories, to not only accommodate but also define function. Their spaces narrate visual stories; stories that establish the framework for design. But once the narrative is derived and implemented, the spaces themselves take on new annotations. CQ tries to dig deeper into some of these spaces, investigating the inspiration, implementation and their CMFT palette.

Unlocked Café and Escape Room

Function

A café that houses an escape room, a coffee house and a lounge with board-games.

The inspiration

Fun and play being the key attribute to the café; motifs, colours and the language from board games are used in the ambience of the café.

Unlocked Café and Escape Room

Walls - Cement plaster + Hand-painted graphics | Flooring - Hexagonal Kota + Kadappa + marble | Ceiling - Cement plaster | Photography by: Photographix Sebastian + Ira

Implementation

The board game Catan lends itself to the flooring wherein Kota stone, Kadappa and marble are cut in hexagons to create a hexagonal flooring pattern. The same motif is extruded in 3D to devise the ceiling lights. The ceiling lights are custom-made from mild steel (MS) rods. The same geometry is reflected in the upholstery throughout the café. The beams and columns divide the space into smaller sections. Typically, protruding beams are concealed within false-ceilings but since the café had a low ceiling, a false-ceiling was avoided altogether. The beams and columns are painted in a dark shade of grey to highlight them and divide the café into sections. The walls are painted in cement plaster and adorned with patterns. These motifs and patterns on the wall are designed and hand-painted by a graphic designer.

Liquid Meal

Function

A health-food joint that primarily serves juices and smoothies.

The inspiration

A factory, but for fruit juice.

Liquid Meal

Walls - Cement Plaster | Mural on wall - PVC pipes painted in bright ‘fruity’ colours with melamine polish | Photography by: Kunal Bhatia

Implementation

The walls are finished in a cement plaster contrasted with juice pipes that flow along the ceiling surface onto the walls. The juice pipes are in PVC, generally used in plumbing services and concealed within ducts. The pipes are fastened to walls using regular clamps and are finished in paint and melamine polish to create the installation. The citrusy lime colour and yellow and bright orange are reminiscent of fruit juice flowing across the space. The pipes also double up as electrical conduits and light fixtures. The fruit graphics have been added to the wall to complement the space and theme.

The Wicker Studio

Function

Showroom for outdoor furniture.

The inspiration

Recreate the outdoors in the interiors and create micro-environments for the diverse furniture on display – cohesively under a single roof.

The Wicker Studio

Walls - Exposed brick + Cement plaster | Floor - Kota stone-tile + pebbles | Partition - Wired glass in MS frame | Photography by: Kunal Bhatia

Implementation

The premise of the space entailed an exterior ambience in the interiors. Workshop Inc. wished to create small pockets of furniture to ensure that furniture is perceived independently and not as an overwhelming display of merchandise. Wired glass sheets enclosed in MS frames act as visual barriers that divide the pockets of furniture. The wired glass ensures transparency between spaces yet demarcates a boundary between them. The floor is finished in Kota stone lined with pebbles. Bricks are used on walls that emanate a rough and earthy vibe to the space. Bricks have been used to create patterns and protruding geometric forms. The spaces are underlined with indoor landscapes that add specks of green throughout the showroom, furthering its outdoorsy vibe.

Café Zen at Uplands

Function

Cafe within a premium township, for its residents and visitors.

The inspiration

A cosy and rustic space.

Café Zen at Uplands

Walls - Dark grey paint | Floor - Leather finished granite flooring + wood | Perforated-metal - pivot doors cum room dividers + Hanging lights | Photography by: Kunal Bhatia

Implementation

The project was executed in 3 layers. The site was half-finished when Workshop Inc. acquired it. The flooring was in leather-finished granite and wood and the ceiling had been partly-finished with flushed lighting when they took over the project. The designers continued the same aesthetic throughout the café.  They created ‘drop-down’ lights that are projected from the ceiling. The café is a private area that needed to open onto the adjacent space to accommodate large gatherings. Hence, pivoted doors were crafted in perforated-metal sheets in MS frames. The lamps were also crafted from the same perforated metal sheets. Post the primary work, an artist was involved in the design process, who perceived the space as a canvas to play and tweak. The perforated-metal sheet doors and lamps have been spray-painted in metallic copper that lends the café an ephemeral and antiquated aesthetic.

Workshop.inc's amazing work doesn’t stop with these! Check out more projects here!