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Arranged Marriage Restaurant

Situated within the main square of Palmerston North, the Arranged Marriage restaurant boasts an interior space with a mix of quirkiness and traditional elements. The brief was to reuse an existing interior, utilizing traditional sculptures and motifs provided by the client, whilst providing a contemporary dining experience – with a total budget of $40,000.

The project started with our coordination for a name which would set the tone for the spaces within. The initial experience as you walk through the entrance features a playful traditional South Indian cutout ribbon overhead. The dining spaces are separated into two main areas either side of the routed plywood bar.

One dining space features traditional elephants arranged in a marching form and a light box feature which highlights the main aspects of the Indian arranged marriage. Flowing into the second dining space are suspended pinwheels that hang from an existing circular ceiling feature, and a wall of coconut shells to designate the waiting area. The second dining space is highlighted with an array of traditional Kathakali Masks. 

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