#DesignInspo: Riyaaz Amlani On How He Did Up The New Koramangala Social

Riyaaz posted on 08 October

While certain features like the stencil font and the quirky presentation of dishes are common to all Socials, with each new outlet, we try to make sure the look and feel of the space is different. Sticking to the concept of minimal intervention, the recently-opened Koramangala Social {it’s the 15th one in the country, in fact} has a rather bare look, much like a construction site. The greenery all around lends the space an almost post-apocalyptic theme, with the greens overrunning other elements here.

Driven by the thought of creating minimal wastage, recycling and bringing out the soul of the city, the decor of the space has been designed by Faizan Khatri {Mumbai-based architect and co-founder of the design studio, Studio eight twentythree}. From the typography based-art on the walls {saying Photosynthesis and Chrolophyll} to the leaf patterns on the tables {based on plants unique to the city}, the art at the outlet is the handiwork of Hanif Kureshi {co-founder and artistic director of the St+art India festival}.

It's A Jungle Out There

A mini forest is what greets you as you enter Koramangala Social. When we began work on the space, one of the first steps taken was to connect the two floors, breaking down the floor structure in between. Inspired by the resulting greenhouse look and the abundant greenery which Bangalore signifies for us, we went on to add plants into the mix. Taken up by Mona D’Silva’s Pretty Patio {a city-based initiative which focuses on creating gardens}, the plants were sourced from nurseries across the city.

Price: INR 500 upwards

Contact: +91 9739278791

Find Pretty Patio on Facebook here.

Walled In

When we broke down some of the walls/structures to suit our design for the space, little did we know the debris would end up in the form of walls all over again! Look around and you’ll see gabion walls created with the stone debris and reinforcement bars {remember those steel rods you see jutting out in construction sites?} all over the place, from the washrooms to the bar counters, adding a nice rustic touch.

#LBBTip: This makes for a great idea if you want an off-beat partition or wall for your home.

Table Talk

Keeping with the theme, most of the furniture you see here are upcycled pieces. While the long community tables are made of entire logs, the tables and high chairs are all designed by local carpenters out of upcycled wood and panels made of it. Take a closer look and you’ll find that many of the tables have reinforcement bars serving as legs. Inspired by the old school chairs that we’d usually see in government offices, the chairs on the top floor are also restored pieces.

Where:  You can buy similar old school office furniture from the ongoing auction happening at the now-defunct New Government Electric Factory {NGEF}, M-103, 3rd Main, East of NGEF Layout, Kasturi Nagar; and Bamboo Bazaar, Shivajinagar

Price: INR 50 per kg upwards


AM Road, Sulthangunta, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru

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    Green Corners

    Apart from being a pub, we focus just as much on the co-working space. Got a team meeting and want a corner for your group? Keeping in mind this need for privacy, the specially designed trolley planters {long wooden planter boxes with a trolley base and wireframes to hang plants. See photo above} come in handy as moveable ‘walls’ or ‘live partitions’ which you can arrange according to your space.

    #LBBTip: Want a green nook yourself? Bookmark the design and get your local carpenter to build it for your space.

    Koramangala Social launches today at 6pm.