June 7, 2012

Pria Vanda :: Designer extraordinaire

{Desi Galli, a new Indian soul food restaurant at 101 Lexington Ave between 27th & 28th, NYC}

Our fabulous member & team treasurer, PriaVanda recently expanded her design portfolio - into food! She branded a new Indian retaurant in Kips Bay (a neighborhood on the east side of Manhattan) called Desi Galli.

She told me about the inspiration for the logo over a mango lassi...

 {my new fave summer drink...yummy!}

On a recent trip to India, Pria got the idea from a piece of fruit... in the form of a paisleys. They represent the Alphonso, a type of mango & during the period of her trip, India was having a particularly good mango season. Crafts people where using the paisley in all the saris. After a little reimagining, Pria turned the paisleys to form the D & G of the restaurant name. Voila! A logo was born!
{G is also for Ganesh, an Indian deity known as the Remover of Obstacles & Lord of Beginnings.}

Pria also helped with the decor at Desi Galli - she painted the small dining room white, opening up the space, then hand painted the logo on the wall. The result is a light & airy yet modern looking space. It's a great space! And! She has more! Currently she's working on adding woven panels around the restaurant.

Fans of Pria's notebooks & planners can look forward to her new cuffs this fall. They are fabulous!!

This restaurant is a great little spot & the food is delicious. I can't wait to go back. Pria, congrats on a fabulous project! The restaurant looks like a hot spot!

Find out more about Desi Galli on their website, follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook! They are open for lunch & dinner 7 days a week & late on the weekends..until 3am!

See you around the web!

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