Famed director Wes Anderson has made fans' dreams come true by designing a cafe that seemingly brings one of his movie sets to life. Bar Luce recently opened in Milan in the newer Fondazione Prada complex. Upon the first peek inside you can see why many of his followers are mesmerized. Photo credit: Instagram user anlagio.
The cafe is alight with the soft, mid-century color palette and details one could easily find on a Grand Budapest Hotel storyboard. Much of the building’s original structure is preserved, as well, including the arched ceiling. Anderson is praised for his commitment to conventional Italian design features from the 1950s and 1960s, which is reminiscent of his 2013 short film Castello Cavalcanti. He says, “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.”
Visitors have documented many of the more whimsical details in the cafe, such as the matching tabletops, menus, and even sugar packets. Not to be overlooked are the themed pinball machines, including an homage to Steve Zissou’s voyages. The jukebox is another elegant feature and the baked goods case will make you believe you’ve traveled back in time to a simpler era.
Images via Attilio Maranzano and Instagram