Trend watch: Urban jungle
The tropical trend that saw Prada devotees donning vibrant hibiscus-print tops and floral art dresses has seeded a proliferation of jungle-inspired décor around the world – and nowhere more so than Amsterdam’s new wave of bars and restaurants.
At Bar Botanique the colour scheme is jovial jungle-green, from its concrete floor to the velvet benches, marble table tops and soaring ceilings, with a spectacular tropical tiled bar and plenty of plants.
The horticultural theme – often in the form of living walls or hanging baskets – can also be seen at recently opened PARK, Brooks and Benji’s. ‘It’s a way of bringing nature inside to create an urban oasis,’ explains David Markx, Manager at Benji’s, an all-day breakfast café where ferns cascade down a central staircase and flowers are found on every table.
Get green fingered at Amsterdam’s Bar Botanique
Wild about botanicals? Take the tropics home with jungle-patterned porcelain plates and palm-printed cushions courtesy of Dutch décor brand HKliving.
Bar Botanique // Eerste van Swindenstraat 581
Benji’s // Wibautstraat 196
HK Living // Various locations
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