W.D. House

Restaurant/2017

This was the Studio’s second restaurant project. This commission gave the Studio a second opportunity to work with the same client, as this high-end restaurant is both an extension of, and a departure from, Whistling Duck, Chandigarh. W.D. House Delhi is designed to build upon and interrogate the idea of Indian Modernity, and continue a dialogue that began in the 1940s and 50s. With the planned city of Chandigarh and iconic, bureaucratic buildings as a reference, this project aims to juxtapose luxury and an aesthetic based on non-opulence. Further, details such as the Chandigarh-inspired chairs, and round, marble tables are in line with the Studio’s commitment to both comfort, and the integration of the ‘local,’ insofar as it is natural, functional and relevant.