First Look! > The Rohit Bal Store, Emporio, New Delhi
*An Indian By Design Exclusive*
Presenting the first pictures of the new Rohit Bal Store, at Emporio in New Delhi. The store evokes a sense of grungy grandeur, and the gold and mirror and jaali work seem refined and edgy simultaneously. I enjoyed the way the store is filled with distractions, but the garments are still the focus of attention.
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Ambrish says: “The retail space for Rohit Bal is structured around two segregated sections for the women’s wear and men’s wear in the store. The brief for the store required for the men’s section to be secluded, this was achieved by placing the salon in the center of the rectangular space.”
Ambrish says: “The store uses layering and a play of raw and elaborately detailed elements to build a rich, mysterious and warm space. The walls and the ceilings are finished in a pewter colour with flamed metal hanging details brought down from the existing ceiling.”
Ambrish says: “To take an advantage of the height ceiling already available the services were moved along left length of the store. This low-height space embellished in woven fabric with a lotus motif from Rohit Bal’s studio provides for the main circulation passage in the store.”
Ambrish says: “Tall leaning mirrors and vertical wall cladding with mirrors in the circulation space break up the structure and provide glimpses of the store from varied view points.”
Ambrish says: “The “lotus’ motif developed and used extensively in their garments by Rohit Bal’s studio have been interpreted in various forms in the store. The flooring is rendered in a blue pigmented cement with the lotus inserted as a bras inlay. Display podiums and furniture in the store is detailed with lapis lazuli stone inlay in dark wood. The central structure and the façade is detailed with suspended cnc cut lotus motif jaalis in rusted metal. The jaali provides an enclosure for the Salon. The Salon space is lit with is a blown glass chandelier designed and executed with inputs from Rohit Bal. The chandelier forms are an extension of the cast brass sculptures laid out in the main browsing space grounding the multiple elements in the store. Suspended trays, which hold narrow beam QR 111 lamps, provide drama to the store’s principal color story of dull gold and dark metal grays.”
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Tags: Ambrish Arora, Ankur Choksi, Arun Kullu, Emporio, Lotus Design, Rohit Bal Store