Cafe “Kha” Interior Design
‘Kha’ is a Marathi word which can be taken as a lovely request to have some food. In Maharashtrian culture we never let our guest go empty stomach, just as our mother shares her piece of bread with us and herself can be half stomach, well that is the inspiration where I got to the name for this cafe is Cafe “Kha”.
Same way the logo designed is derived from the history of Maharashtra and the brave soldiers who fought its freedom (Swarajya). The sword and the shield together depicts the symbol of bravery, courage, pride, history and sacrifice of The Great Maratha’s who fought for our dignity. With the sword a shield is used to defend oneself from the attacker, dedicating to the brave hands who clasped the sword and shield for Maratha Empire, as a tribute to them a spoon, fork and a plate are used in the form of shield and sword together.
Maharashtra has a great history and culture to stand by, the dishes are inspired by these ideas and try to bring the warmth and taste of the food prepared by our mothers. The same is incorporated while designing the interior of the Cafe ‘Kha’.
The sofa and chair covers are designed out of a blanket traditionally called as ‘Godhadi’ in Maharashtra which is made out of different rags woven together, this in olden times were woven by grandmothers for the family so is considered to carry their love and warmth.
‘Dhol Tasha’ is an eternal part of Maharashtrian culture and is played on the most festive occasions here, so the tables are given the shape of ‘Dhol’ where the food celebration starts.
The ceiling is decorated with The ‘Rajmudra’ (The Royal Seal) that was made by The Great ‘Shahaji Raje Bhosale’ for his son ‘Shivaji Bhosale’ who later became The Great ‘Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’ now also known as ‘The Father Of Indian Navy’. As you enter the cafe the blessings The ‘Rajmudra’ (The Royal Seal) are showered upon you and remembrance of how ‘Shahaji Raje’s dream of ‘Swarajya’ (self government) was completed by his son ‘Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’ becoming the king of ‘Rayatecha Rajya, Swarajya’ (the kingdom of general public).
As you enter the cafe on the left wall we have honored few great names from diverse fields by putting up their illustrations, who have contributed towards our Maratha Legacy.
Illustrations of the Great : Maharani Jijao Saheb, Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje, Sant Tukaram Maharaj, Peshwa Baji Rao, Jotirao Fule, Savitribai Fule, Mahadev Ranade, Ramabai Ranade, Lokmanya Tilak, Dada Saheb Phalke, Veer Damodar Sawarkar, Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar, Baba Amte, Balasaheb Thackeray.
Maharashtra has aslo been blessed with the presence of great saints and I feel so glad to be born in the place enriched by their knowledge and so to impart their teachings a wall in front has a book written by Saint Tukaram Maharaj (Sant Tukaram Abhangwani).
The right wall is decorated with the stones that gives the look of fort which was an eternal part of ‘Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s’ life as there is a special relation and story behind every fort he is associated with. The wall is also adored with what considers every Marathi women’s pride, ‘Paithani Saree’. Two frames are pinned to the wall with the ‘Paithani Saree’ art piece. And between the two frames is engraved the sculpture of The Goddess ‘Tulja Bhavani’ (The Divine Mother Of Maharashtra) and there are two lamp shades on the either sides.
Maharashtra has a very great history, culture, design & uniqueness that cannot be all incorporated in one design. But I have tried to accumulate few in the interior of Cafe ‘Kha’ as I Aniket Arvind Palande being a Film Director & Designer feel very proud to share my very first attempt as a Interior Designer for my culture, for my history.
Client – CAFE “KHA”
Design Firm – ZENGIN Interiors
Concept, Illustration & Interior Designer – Aniket Arvind Palande
Software execution – Sandeepkant Khambe & Prajakta Joshi
Software – Google Sketchup & Indigo Renderer