Italian studio Diorama has transformed an old grocery shop in Puglia into a bar and restaurant full with tropical plants, flamingo wallpaper and neon palm trees.

Getting previously made the interiors of Bloom beach bar for the exact same client, the practice was tasked with recreating the vibe in an urban setting for Bloom in Town, located in the southern Italian coastal town of Molfetta.

BIT Bar and restaurant, Italy, by Diorama

“The focus was to bring sun, freshness and cool vibes from the coast to the town,” Diorama told Dezeen.

“Our consumers Gianluigi and Rino had been quite clear-cut: they asked about some thing outstanding and original in our city, some thing fresh, fancy and comfy. They are effectively-identified for their young spirit and innovative attitude”

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BIT Bar and restaurant, Italy, by Diorama

Diorama sought to attain this by combining tropical influences with a sophisticated and traditional material palette. Brushed metal surfaces and timber furnishings meet botanical wallpaper and rattan accessories to generate a “tropical-chic” aesthetic.

Three essential spaces define the 230-metre-square restaurant and have been assigned distinctive themes according to their size.

BIT Bar and restaurant, Italy, by Diorama

The 1st and primary room is a cavern-like space designed to immerse guests in the bar’s idiosyncratic atmosphere. A ten-metre-long turquoise bar spans the length of the room, accompanied by botanical wallpaper, rattan light shades and an abundance of vegetation.

Bottles are displayed atop black and brass custom shelving behind the bar, and complemented by matching stools and tables.

BIT Bar and restaurant, Italy, by Diorama

A second, narrow space with bar seating along either side takes inspiration from the vibrant alleyways of Cuba, with brightly painted walls, worn cobbled floors and soft lighting.

The third room references the local area, laying bare the building’s original restored stone walls and emphasising its traditional vaulted ceiling using curved brass strip lighting.

BIT Bar and restaurant, Italy, by Diorama

Kitschy souvenirs, vintage prints and eclectic mirrors decorate the dining space, creating a cosy and relaxed ambience.

The restaurant features a range of bespoke furniture designed by Diorama and produced by neighborhood craftspeople, like the principal counter, tables and sofas. The studio has also repurposed neighborhood materials such as olive-pressing disks to develop accessories including lamp shades.

BIT Bar and restaurant, Italy, by Diorama

Diorama was founded in 2015 by Italian architect and design and style writer Serena L. Rosato. The young practice has completed a range of projects, which includes a several residence interiors and a hairdressers.

Other tropics-inspired interiors include Amsterdam’s Bar Botanique Cafe Tropique, whose green surfaces are meant to evoke the really feel of a rainforest, and Edinburgh’s Eden Locke, a “sophisticatedly tropical” hotel filled with pastels and plants.

Bar Botanique in Amsterdam by Studio Modijefsky is filled with tropical plants

Rainforest foliage and mirrors feature inside Amsterdam bar by Studio Modijefsky