Design Inspiration – Dishoom Kings Cross
On a brisk evening last autumn, an old mid-century style restaurant opened in a formerly abandoned Victorian railway transit shed. Bursting with charm and character, Dishoom Kings Cross follows fast on the heels of successful sister branches in Shoreditch and Convent Garden. Sited on Stable Street, just a stone’s throw from King’s Cross St Pancras, Dishoom is an Indian restaurant that captures the appeal of an Irani café of yesteryear.
The building to house Dishoom Kings Cross was carefully considered, with the restaurant’s legacy in mind and the desire to evoke the romance of a former era. For over 100 years, this industrial shed at Kings Cross stored goods in transit between Britain and its Empire, and between London and Bombay.
Many original Bombay cafes began in the ‘Godowns’ (transit sheds) behind the city’s great train station, Victoria Terminus. Dishoom brings this experience to the present day, weaving together the rich cultural heritage of 1930s Bombay with contemporary industrial chic design and authentic Persian dishes. Dishoom is more than a café, it’s a story.
A crucial part of Dishoom’s narrative plays out in its design principles. Carefully selected details, both iconic and eclectic, give the interior a strong sense of life in mid-century Bombay. The large art deco clock (pictured above) is reminiscent of the one which hung in Victoria Terminus, Bombay’s answer to St Pancras. It’s a clever way to connect the present day restaurant and its location with its inspiration and heritage.
The striking enamel lights (above and below) pay homage to the low hanging lighting that gave many Bombay cafes their charm. They also compliment the edgy industrial features of the building, and bring a modern twist to the scheme. Further features include heavy mahogany furnishings contrasted with vivid teal.
Moody, atmospheric lighting is created using brass library desk lamps dotted along the bar. While you’re there, sip on a Bailey’s chai latte served in an authentic Bombay chai glass, a firm favourite here at Warehouse Home!
Feeling inspired? Here are 5 tips for for channeling Dishoom’s distinctive style at home.
1. A striking clock face always catches the eye, whether you’re in a Victoria terminus or your dining room! We love this black chrome, retro-inspired wall clock.
50s Electric Clock , £66, Darlings of Chelsea
2. Make use of extra space on exposed industrial walls with vintage-inspired prints, such as this original Swiss 1930s art deco poster from
Swiss Industries Fair Basle Czech 1933 original poster, $950, Rue Marcellin
3. Enamel lights are very on-trend, and an easy way to incorporate industrial chic into your home. Skinflint have a large selection of original vintage industrial lighting.
Eastern Bloc Industrial Pendant Light, £340, Skinflint
4. Copper compliments dark woods beautifully. This copper-plated bell lamp is an affordable yet stylish option for your home.
Copper-plated bell hanging lamp from, £100, Out There Interiors
5. Laying your dining table with timeless vintage chai glasses is sure to impress even the most finicky guest. These sweet little frosted tea light holders from B&Q create the look without breaking the bank.
Set of 2 cut glass tea light candle holder, £2, B&Q
Want even more? Take a look at this beautiful behind-the-scenes stop motion video on the Dishoom website.
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