Cal 27 at Taj Bengal, Kolkata
Restaurant / India / HBA Mumbai / Completed in 2018
West Bengal’s famed Taj Bengal Kolkata reveals its highly-stylized new fine dining restaurant, Cal 27, and further elevates the luxury experience for guests and diners. Studio HBA was tapped to orchestrate a space that infuses the distinctive cultural elements of Kolkata throughout the restaurant, carefully weaving inspirations from the city in each space. The richness of the city is felt throughout the Cal 27 space – touching The Hub and The Heaven outlets within it to coalesce a storied design. Studio HBA focused on procuring local elements and assembled them in artistic ways to pay homage to the setting. A lively blue and yellow color palette represents Kolkata’s signature taxi cabs while black and white prints display iconic Kolkata elements. The blue and yellow colors appear as velvet and leather covers for the furnishings. Wooden window shutters were inspired by the rolling shutters of Kolkata while table legs took a nod from the four-post beds found in so many of the homes. Old Kolkata Rajbaris served as inspiration for the checkered floors and courtyard concepts and the city’s iconic chai tea cups were translated in to lamp shades.