The good people of Lokhandwala can appreciate things that few others really can: riots of colours in stark contrast to a grey cityscape, chains of gas stations opening faster than one can fill one’s car tanks, and the 4th Cross Frankie’s scent being the token ‘eau du Lokhandwala’.
This is where Fun Republic Social fits right in, with its bizarre, beautiful depiction of the bane of Bollywood in its own backyard. The insides of this Social have churned the neighbourhood inside-out, to regurgitate ostentatious TV soap sets, props and oddities galore, that pompously masquerade as a café cum coworking space.
Step in to Fun Republic Social and you’ll see that the designers took it to heart: patterned floral fabric wallpaper, curtained stages, stain glass booth dividers, antique-market inspired furniture and much, much more. If that sounds obtuse, trust us, the penny will drop the minute you set foot inside.
The space was imagined as a tongue-in-cheek take on tinseltown; an OTT Hindi soap opera set, inspired by its proximity to television and movie studios, completed with ‘in your face’ wallpapers and subsequent patterns which repeat in the elements around.
The look of the shared workspace has been inspired by the inimitable restaurants in and around Bhendi Bazaar, with faux baroque and plastic flower pots, uncannily making a direct connection with the loud theme of the sets we’re so used to seeing.
Immaculately alien, yet right at home, #FunRepublicSocial, seeks to create a Social experience that will retain something familiar, served as something all too different.