This bold eatery in Kanpur, The Pink Zebra celebrates the old and new with just a hint of whimsy

 

Inspired by filmmaker Wes Anderson’s surreal aesthetic, Feast India Company alias The Pink Zebra is all about bright solids, bold geometry and pop art

What would happen if you were to dip a zebra into a deep, pink sea?

We find out with the quirky interiors of Feast India Company (FIC) imagined by New Delhi based Renesa Architecture Design Interiors Studio. The fantastically eccentric eatery housed in one of Kanpur’s oldest buildings is a ‘concoction of design theories…meant to leave the visitor hanging in the middle of an artistic sea’. FIC channels the owners’ – Sagar and Jaivardhan Bhatia – love for Wes Anderson films as well as the city’s bygone British culture. 

We love how the visitor is drawn into this magical world from the moment they set eyes on the exteriors. The studio has merged multi-directional, black and white stripes on walls, ceilings, floors, furniture and accessories with solid expanses of bubble gum pink. Highlighted with brass details, the interiors hint at Art Nouveau glitz. You can feel the weight of Wes Anderson’s surreal design ideology seep through the carefully refurbished space – from the offbeat décor and lighting to furniture and even the staff’s uniforms.

The space boasts arched doorways framing zebra themed pendant lights illuminating Colonial-style sofas washed in pink. An artsy, pink hued false ceiling has dome drop lights while another section features a ceiling with black and white stripes. Empty, arched alcoves in the wall, bar counter and concierge desk hide recessed lights. Contemporary leather banquettes sit across from zebra striped chairs and pop art wall illustrations break the monotony of the stripes and solid colour. 

The owners wanted to bring to Kanpur’s culinary scene a place that the city had never seen, an experience that would have people talking for days and an ‘expertly crafted world whose spaces are a framed treat to the eyes’. Well, they certainly got us all to sit up and take notice.

 

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