Masala Zone

Islington, London

Purveyors of genuine Indian cuisine from across the subcontinent and pioneers of Indian street food in London. Each canteen style interior featured unique tribal art from across the vast cultural landscape that is India. From the commercial graphic art of Sivakasi in Southern India to the colourful puppets of Rajasthan.


A blackened steel square grid spaced off the wall and backlit was installed and serves to emphasise the murals. It’s rigid formality and decorative infill panels counterbalancing the freeform, organic murals. 

Allowing the colour in the murals to ‘do the talking’, a more subtle palette of upholstery fabrics and dark woods were used  generally for the booths and banquette -  another departure from the sea of tables and chairs that were a signature of the previous ‘canteen’ style. 

Coupled with an expansive decorative backlit suspended ceiling feature were kitchen and bar serveries clad in green glass and marble. A  carefully thought out lighting design scheme by DPA completes the interior. Branding experts The Plant, created a refreshing new identity for the brand in time for the handover of the site three and a half weeks after it closed for refurbishment.