Interior Design, Restaurant and Bar
New Orleans, LA
The design of Saffron NOLA is a complex double balancing act. It balances the modern taste of the younger generation of its owner, the Vilkhu family, with the time-honored hospitality background of the older generation. It also takes traditionally Indian characteristics in a modern direction which reflects the fusion inherent to the restaurant’s dynamic food. The result is a space that is beautiful and timeless in palette but fresh and modern in form.
Copper is used in a variety of ways throughout the space in a nod to traditional Indian serveware and to add warmth to the palette. (Photo by Denny Culbert.)
The modern architecture and furniture design of mid-twentieth century Chandigarh, India inspires the geometry and details of the back bar. (Photo by Denny Culbert.)
Saffron-inspired art features that play with scale and repetition are an alluring reminder of the restaurant’s namesake.
Four booths with refined leather seats and velvet backs are an intimate seating option and divide the long room into comfortable dining areas.
Owners Ashwin and Arvinder Vilkhu manning the bar and greeting guests. (Photos by Denny Culbert.)