Evoking local elements and weaving them into their hotel spaces has been a Taj’s speciality. Another such undertaking has been unveiled by Taj Bengal Kolkata. It has recently launched a highly-stylized new fine dining restaurant, Cal 27. The restaurant imbibes cultural elements of Kolkata throughout the interiors, taking a cue from the spaces in the city. Studio HBA was tapped for the initiative.
Studio HBA focused on procuring local elements and assembled them in artistic ways to pay homage to the setting. A lively blue and yellow colour palette represents Kolkata’s signature taxi cabs while black and white prints display iconic Kolkata elements.
“The city of Kolkata is the soul of east India – a vibrant hub of culture, commercial and academics, Kolkata is known as ‘The City of Joy,’” said Studio HBA Partner Rahul Shankhwalker. “Having an opportunity to design within India’s cultural capital was a humbling challenge our team was ready to take on. Coupled with the change to work within the illustrious, Taj Bengal hotel made this project one of passion and perseverance. We spent more than a year studying the location, talking to its people and simply absorbing all that this mesmerizing city had to offer in order to create a restaurant space worthy of its location.”