When I heard that film director Wes Anderson (famous for indie films such as The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom to name a few) had designed the interior of Bar Luce at the Fondazione Prada I had to go and check it out.
Anderson has re-created the atmosphere of a typical Milanese cafè with a 1950s style full of pastel colours and quirky details, the perfect place for a drink and a bite to eat while you pretend that you’re in your favourite Wes Anderson film..
The bar-staff is all dressed as they have stepped out of The Grand Budapest Hotel, I kept looking for the lobby boy but he was unfortunately not around. As it was a very hot and sunny day I had a classic spritz, which I enjoyed while observing the big crowd – a mix of hipsters and Italian families on a day out.
It has a ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’ and a ‘Castello Cavalcanti’ pinball machine alongside a cool retro jukebox, a counter full of candy, cakes, food and drinks, and the most extravagance entrance to a WC I have ever seen.
“There is no ideal angle for this space. It is for real life, and ought to have numerous good spots for eating, drinking, talking, reading, etc. While I do think it would make a pretty good movie set, I think it would be an even better place to write a movie. I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons in.” – Wes Anderson
Bar Luce opened this weekend and is a must-see for any Wes Anderson fans!
Spent this Saturday snapping away at the Salone Del Mobile exhibition in Milan, a showcase for the latest in furnishing and design. It was a massive exhibition space, so having the map at hand was a must.
So much inspiration & great design in one day, here are some of my highlights (but be warned – it’s a lot of yellow!) :
Amazing Ballo stool by Humanscale inspired by the exercise ball, I need one!
OFF modules by Scan Sørlie.
Shelving systems wall art.
So much yellow this season, this sofa from Vitra is so bright and lovely.
Creative way to hang magazines by Swedese.
New retail concept by Lago, NFC stickers you hover your phone over for info about the product.
Skandium Danish classic toys for grown-ups.
Yellow pouffe with space for your coffee cup.
The Dots coat hooks by Muuto.
Simply beautiful wallpaper.
Seletti neon letters.
Lamps made out of cheese-graters? Why not.
The PULK storage bench designed by Herman Cph.
Desk-space by Calligaris.
Clothes rack by Erba. (Just had to take a picture..)
The Normann Copenhagen bell lamps.
Love this simplistic sink and tap.
This sun-bed by Skagerak is perfect for a hot day.
LOG 365, colourful seating by Pedrali.
Yellow, grey & wood at Muuto.
Shima; a nice little stool with an attached little turnable table by Johanson.
Ciao for now, see you next year at Salone Del Mobile!
I discovered this ceiling hook online and think it’s a very clever and nifty idea. The Little Bishop is designed specifically for cable hung pendant lights, and the clean simple style is perfect for any modern home. It was made by Antony Richards from Melbourne, Australia, and started as a project on Kickstarter. Now the hook is going into production, and is available for pre orders here.
The Round Dorm from ferm LIVING is the perfect hanging shelf, and definitely on the wishlist for my future home. It is made of beech and birch plywood, hangs in a leather string and is 55 cm in diameter. So elegant and modern.
“Let’s make places. Let’s make them extraordinary. Let’s make them full of life and lust, delight and wonder. Let’s make them daring and unusual. Foolish and spectacular. Different and amazing. Let’s make them original. Let’s make them us. Let’s make the places where we love to live.” – Bolia
Had a little browse around at Bolia yesterday and found quite a lot of great items, both new and old. This Landscape Daybed for instance is so lovely with it’s clean and simple lines, perfect for daydreaming or a little snooze. The backrest is designed to look like a mountain top, and gives a nice Scandinavian feel to any space. Pair it with this cool Orla Wall lamp for a match made in heaven.
Photo by Bolia
Some other favourites from the catalogue below:
White soap oak work station, foldable for maximizing space
Lacquered oak veneer table top with yellow steel frame, with storage space inside for pillows, blankets etc