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!