Award-winning restaurant The Table in downtown Mumbai has an enviable style. We spent a memorable Friday morning in conversation with Gauri Devidayal, about all the cool décor that is housed between the neo-classical pillars of Apollo Bunder Marg. Everything at The Table has been built and created from scratch. The walls, the mother of pearl tiles, the black kaddapa stairs, the Regency chairs, the twenty-foot Burma teak community table have been prototyped and commissioned and made by local artisans. It is heartening to see how someone passionate about interior design, lighting solutions, and the arts has painstakingly built a space that reflects excellent interiors by celebrating the designers, artists, and karigars who collaborated to create this stunning restaurant.
|Discern Tip: You too, could take inspiration from the exquisite eclectic interiors and transform your home. Try laying your floors with a chevron pattern; it brings an element from the Art Deco period into your home. We recommend bringing corners to life with a bright piece of graphic art and a statement chair as seen below. We love the honed and beaten kadappa stone, which gives this local material a very plush and leathery effect - a definite must do when using stones like kota & kadappa in your space.|
“We (Tarik Currimbhoy and Jay Yousuf) prototyped, custom made and hand selected everything at The Table. This was our first restaurant and we wanted to go all out to create an experience that we would love. We travel to San Francisco often and wanted to create our favorite dining experiences from there back home in Bombay.”
- Gauri Devidayal
The stairs lead up to the top section of the restaurant, which has a corner with American artist Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz's graphic art, complimented by a magnanimous statement chair.
Their inaugural set of crockery was brought back from a holiday in San Francisco, from Heath Ceramics, a brand that creates ceramic dinnerware. The glassware is flown in from Villeroy & Boch in Dubai.
The overhead lighting solutions were discovered, purchased and shipped from Italy. The statement chandelier in the corner of the restaurant was bought from a Delhi studio.
Discern Loves: Ornately upholstered chairs complemented by monolithic teak centre tables. The checkers and chess motif allows you to interact with your furniture in a playful way. Sheer curtains at the back add a softness to the neo-classic architectural details on the walls & pillars.
The Natural Kadappa Black stone walls and stairs at The Table are hand-chiseled; we appreciated the hard work that it must have taken masons and artisans to painstakingly create a consistent pattern on the walls. Natural Kadappa Black stone is used for cladding and flooring and continues onto the staircase as well. This stone is more resistant to wear and tear than most other sedimentary rocks. It is impervious and hard and can withstand the trample of hungry diners.
Complimenting the Burma teak community table is a wall which has an exquisite set of mother-of-pearl tiles inlaid into it. (As seen in the cover image of this feature).
For reservations at The Table, call 022 22825000
Kalapesi Trust Building, Near Hotel Suba Palace, CS Maharishi Marg, Colaba, Mumbai
Original photographs by Tamara and Deepak for Discern Living.
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