panama city: diablorosso relocation

© diablorosso - lots of cool goodies to be snapped up in the shop section

diablorosso is panama city's very own little hub of all things creative. since its foundation in 2006 it has been fostering creative talent by giving them a platform to exhibit, collaborate and create a dialogue, and while doing so it has developed into a unique venue with regional appeal, and where to savour a multitude of contemporary expression. very recently diablorosso relocated to a historical two-storey building in the city's casco viejo quarter to materialize its concept. measuring 165 sqm. [1,776 sq.ft.], the new venue features a pop-up café and a versatile exhibition space that doubles as a pop-up store. the concept is very much in a transitional phase because of the ambitious casa rosso masterplan. the project includes a boutique hotel with nine guestrooms and two apartments, a restaurant, art gallery and shop. nevertheless, the current configuration features a quirky-cool venue that's very worthwhile to check out. diablorosso's interior features the use of creatively applied basic materials, and some had already been in use. coca cola crates that were previously used as as partitions now serve as bench bases for the café, upholstered with a yellow floral vinyl, and very in tune with the idea of a fonda or small inn.

the walls were given an uplifting shade of mint green and dangling from the ceiling are different kinds of fans donated by friends. the shop stocks a quirky variety of goods, ranging from apparel to jewellery and books, all from various independent local and international designers. the art space is a place where emerging and mid-careers artists exhibit their work, but occasionally an established artist is commissioned a project too. diablorosso's focus and aim remain unchanged as it continues to create and educate a new audience that's appreciative of contemporary creativity. this seems an audacious challenge in a country that's still subjected to very traditional values and opinions, but we're pretty sure that the new homebase will increase its appeal. be sure to stop by this innovative spot when exploring the city! location: calle sexta + avenida a [casco viejo].

© diablorosso - café and art space [top to bottom]