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Bari-based studio Diorama presents BIT – Bloom In Town, an exotic project in the province of Bari, Apulia
Bari-based studio Diorama presents BIT, a new restaurant located within a recently renovated historic building. A mesmerizing blend of local tradition and exotic, jungalow style decorations. Photo credits © Annamaria La Mastra
A tropical oasis set within a newly renovated ancient stone building. A 20m long, shining counter made of glass and metal sheets welcomes us to this brand-new mixology bar and international cuisine restaurant. On the background, a black metal and brass coulisse provides an elegant stage for more than a hundred bottles in plain view.
This 230sqm project by Bari-based studio Diorama in the heart of Molfetta centers on a welcoming, informal eatery and bar where sophisticated materials combine with an exotic style mood: polished brass surfaces, emerald-green corrugated metal sheet panels, rattan furnishings and botanical-style details in every room.
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Moving to the following room we find a more compact space characterized by an explosion of colors, inspired by the typical Havana alleys. The third room pays homage to Apulia’s local traditions, with its elegant stone vaults spectacularly glimmering along lush green plants and burnished, distorting mirrors, ornamental plates, big themed prints, lamps and memorabilia from all over the world.
Wallpapers and fabrics inspired by the plant and animal world are juxtaposed with black and white optical patterns, colorful, nostalgic bespoke neon motifs, essential fans and lush vegetation.
Thanks to the fruitful synergy with seasoned local craftsmen, all the furnishings - from the counter to the bottle display, from the tables to the sofas – have been entirely custom-made.
“In order to make the lamps, we have reused old coconut fiber disks – the so called fiscoli – traditionally employed in Apulian olive-pressing procedures, creating big ceiling and wall lampshades by bending long brass bands to produce spectacular, shining coronas” explain Serena L. Rosato and Andrea Paone, who have carried out the project.
While a small selection of brands has been chosen for ‘unbespoke’ elements (counter lamps by Plumen, chairs by Ton, stools by Hay) wallpapers come from the legendary workshops of Cole&Son and Osborne&Little.
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