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Rosie and Tillie cafe interiors

Renesa uses contrasting terracotta and terrazzo materials to create all-day cafe in New Delhi

New Delhi-based architecture and interior design studio Renesa juxtaposed terracotta and terrazzo materials to design a space that acts as a cafe by day and a bar by night.

The eatery, which is called Rosie and Tillie, was named by its owners – chefs Anukriti Anand and Vicky Mandal – who wanted to create a hybrid open-plan brunch and cocktail bar.

Red tiles and white terrazzo surfaces inside Rosie and Tillie
Curved booths run down the middle of Renesa's cafe in Delhi

"The cafe expatiates on the dichotomy of a woman who goes by the name Rosie in the morning and Tillie in the evening," Renesa head architect Sanchit Arora told Dezeen.

"While chef Anukriti Anand, an expert in bakery, wanted a space that could be called a daytime cafe with cakes and coffees and beverages, they also wanted something that could serve yet another mood; one of night, exclusivity and sombreness," he added.

Tables and chairs inside a restaurant
The studio implemented a contrasting rust and white colour palette

Nestled in a former Indian restaurant in a shopping mall in New Delhi's Saket neighbourhood, the cafe features terracotta, warm white terrazzo and curvilinear architectural motifs.

Customers enter Rosie and Tillie through an outdoor seating section that is decorated in the same materials and colour palette as the cafe's interior.

Once inside, guests are welcomed by a row of rust-coloured and creamy white booths upholstered with plush white seats, which run through the centre of the 1,700 square-foot space. These add texture and warmth as well as privacy for diners.

A rust tiled booth inside a restaurant
Booths and walls are clad in the same tiles

Renesa, which recently completed a brick-clad showroom interior in Delhi, made the sculptural "spine" that divides the space into different zones the focal point for the mixed-use site.

"We took an axis as the starting point for our project," said Arora. "A curvilinear spine divides the space not just spatially, creating efficient zones, but also metaphorically, animating the personalities of Rosie and Tillie."

A white wall lamp and plants inside a cafe
The studio threaded white terrazzo throughout

Each booth has a circular table in its middle where customers can dine on menu items such as french toast, buffalo chicken burgers and American-style pancakes.

During the evening, they can sip cocktails while sitting on high stools at the main bar counter towards the back of the room.

One half of the room is lined in pale flooring and has an earthy red paint applied overhead, while the other half of the room is decorated in the opposite colours.

Red brick tiles along the walls envelop the space while industrial looking metal lights hang overhead along the length of the plan, uniting the two sides of the space.

A woman eating inside Rosie and Tillie
The space has a mixture of traditional table seats and bar counter options

"The perimeter of the floor plan is dotted by dining nooks that make way for communal dining in intimate groups illuminated by bespoke luminaires that are artistic installations in their own right," explained Arora.

"The hybrid of experiences ranging from the daytime bistro-esque identity morphs effortlessly into the moody lounge by evening via the vocabulary of materiality and lighting that render the venue in a binate mien void of physical demarcations," he added.

Other recent cafes featured on Dezeen include a serene eatery in Melbourne called Au79 cafe by Australian studio Mim Design and the Connie-Connie cafe at the Copenhagen Contemporary art gallery which Danish studio Tableau and designer Ari Prasetya filled with wooden chairs by designers.

Photography is by Niveditaa Gupta.

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Rosie and Tillie by Renesa
Rosie and Tillie by Renesa
Rosie and Tillie by Renesa