Journey through Time

May, 2015


Bengaluru restaurant The Lost Caravan, designed by OpusCDM, makes travel the central focus of its interior design with an eclectic combination of contemporary and pop art elements. The Lost Caravan is the latest addition to the restaurant scene in Bengaluru. ´A resto-pub that's uncommon, yet relatable, and with-the-trend yet timeless - this was what we set out to achieve when we started working on The Lost Caravan,´ says Nagesh Manay, Principal Designer, OpusCDM´Each of us have taken our own personal journeys of exploration and discovery at one point or another, so it's something we identify with. It's a great way to keep the place unique, with décor that doesn't just fade into the background but, engages people's interest.´ Begin your journey Step past the wooden and glass entryway doors and you will find yourself on a chessboard-style floor that overlooks a waiting area with contemporary lounge chairs and walls covered with antique clocks. Set in the middle of the seating options is an old travel chest with many a travel tale spun around it. ´It makes for a great space to take pictures and ensures that your wait is not boring,´ explains Avinash Byanna, Chief Explorer at The Lost Caravan. All the clocks have been sourced from Praveen and Co. on Commercial Street in Bengaluru.

Throughout this 108-seater restaurant, you will find that the retro aesthetics of the space, blended with pop-art elements creates an ambience that is aimed at being cool and timeless. The community table with an Andy Warhol-like pop art blow-up behind it can seat a large group, while dividers may be placed on it to create couple tables.

Stop by the bar
The triangular bar services the indoors and the semi-alfresco seating. The bar area is characterized with wooden and metal carriages, suspended from the ceiling and stacked with green bottles. Approximately 15 people can be seated on stools around the bar counter that´s made from recycled doors. Patrons may consider leaving notes for themselves in the bottles, like a time capsule, and revisit their experiences. Suspended carriages are also placed on the outdoor seating segment with The Lost Caravan branding. Monochromatic postcards have been incorporated into the wooden panelling.

Dine in style
To the left of the bar is a Zone A that is done up with eclectic furniture, designed by Nagesh. A highlight of this segment is the placement of mirrors with ornate borders on a wall, going all the way up to the ceiling, creating a sensational experience. The space is done up with lounge furniture and low slung dining tables as well as the DJ console. The walls around the restaurant are done up with suitcases that signify The Lost Caravan, which are filled with travel items ´ from pink stilettoes, to a telescope, a book, trumpet and et al. Avinash explains that the TV was also encased in a suitcase to make it blend with the décor.

The travel theme extends to Zone B, too. The suitcases in this segment carry a mix of travel bric-a-brac but are dedicated to seasoned criminals and their luggage! The visible AC ducts have been wrapped up in maps from various eras and time frames. The outdoor seating area is tiled in a retro black and white checked pattern, with dinner sofas, recliners and retro lounge chairs.

´Right from the design of the triangular bar to the eclectic mix of furniture, to the smoking zone and then the restrooms, the intent was always to create spaces that are both functional and feel refreshing,´ explains Manay.

The art on the walls, the suitcases, the clocks, even the menu - every element at The Lost Caravan was an opportunity to express the theme.

Text: Ruth Dsouza Prabhu
photos: Manan Upadhyaya

OpusCDM, 5/1, Museum Road,
Bengaluru 560001.
Tel: 080- 41124121
Meet the designer
Nagesh Manay
Firm: OpusCDM, founded in 1,999
Firm specialization: Brand development & design.
Design philosophy: Design must be structured around people´s intuitive needs, and therefore be usable and pleasing ´ both in experience and aesthetics.
Philosophy towards life: Life is built around people and experiences; relationships and personal journeys, of different kinds, essential to the fabric of one´s being. The former gives us perspective in our world and the other challenges that perspective.
Favourite architect/Designer: Leonardo da Vinci