Pantone’s colour of the year gets a 1980s twist inside soon-to-open Melbourne restaurant Billie Buoy, where classic blue meets hot, neon pink.
Local studio Biasol designed the interiors of the eatery, which takes over a corner building in the city’s Essendon neighbourhood. Biasol has created a backstory for the joint’s namesake, envisaging Billie Buoy as ‘1980s character who was radical, hip and a little offbeat’.
Walls and ceilings are drenched in the inky, classic blue hue while navy and speckled floor tiles complement the steel bar and arched back shelving. Both are inset with a scalloped fish-scale motif, while pops of hot pink come courtesy of playful neon signage and bar fixtures.
‘We looked back to the days before the internet and cell phones – we dusted off our Atari and Walkman, put a John Hughes movie in the VHS, and jammed to New Order and Madonna,’ adds the studio.
Billie Buoy was scheduled to open on 20 August 2020 – though this may change due to the second lockdown that has been enforced across Melbourne as COVID-19 cases spike. In the meantime, drink in the interiors via the gallery above.