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Trishna Restaurant, DAAA Haus brings the Indian culture to Malta



In Rabat, the capital city of the small island of Gozo, Trishna is the new Indian restaurant designed by DAAA Haus to transport the visitors into another dimension, inspired by the diversity of Indian culture (well known by the architects thanks to their headquarter in Mumbai).

Another source of inspiration was Goa, on the southwestern coast of India, which is well known for its white sandy beaches, flora and fauna. This element of nature was important to bring a unique approach to an internal space, transforming the inside into an outdoor one.

The design of the restaurant is maximalist, with mixed patterns, saturated colours and numerous accessories. The main colour used at Trishna is green, which symbolizes nature and therefore is a manifestation of God himself in Indian religion.

A hanging green forest element features in the middle with lighting fittings created by local artisanal artists specifically for this project, while the wicker material with its natural sand colour was chosen to represent the sandy beaches of Goa. Its texture and colour combined with the hanging artificial plants create a centrepiece to help separate the eatery into three different zones.

In addition, the use of floral wallpaper works perfectly with the theme of nature, and also serves as a backdrop to a big bespoke library that stands on the right side of the restaurant decorated with selected items.

The excessive but curated style continues throughout the space with the use of patterned fabrics in the booths and the tiles in the bar area, combined with polished concrete flooring in the open dining space. With usage, the concrete flooring will age nicely and add character to the design.

Neutral colours and natural materials were used in the soft furniture and other aspects of the design; everything was carefully selected including the monkey wall lamps that represent such a rich culture. Finally, at the back of the restaurant, one can find a water feature with the restaurant’s logo in front of it.  Also acoustics are very important and designed carefully, as well as lighting.

Last but not least, the influence of Indian architecture: the use of the arch can be seen in the bespoke back bar design, and the mirrors in the centre of the restaurant, which were placed strategically in that area to reflect the hanging forest feature. The intriguing details used in Indian architecture were interpreted in the front of the bar with a 3D effect facade combined with copper details, which were also used in the back bar.

Trishna Restaurant thus becomes the gateway to a new world, the Indian world, full of treasures waiting to be discovered.