The bar Wes Anderson designed for Prada

More kitsch than The Grand Budapest Hotel

The bar Wes Anderson designed for Prada
Where life imitates art

American film director Wes Anderson has brought his cinematic world to life with Bar Luce, a new all-day bar set within the Rem Koolhaas-designed Fondazione Prada in Milan. The bar, which opened its doors on 9 May, is every inch what we would imagine a Wes Anderson outfit to be. The formica furniture, veneered wood wall panels, vintage jukebox and muted pastel accents echo Italian aesthetics from the '50s and '60s — coming together beautifully to form Anderson's singular vision of what a typical Milanese café should be.

Wes Anderson's Castello Cavalcanti

For inspiration, the film director also drew upon the canon of Italian neorealist films and Castello Cavalcanti, one of his earlier shorts starring Jason Schwartzman. Speaking about his latest creation, Anderson said, "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." 

Bar Luce is located at Largo Isarco 2, Milano 20139.

Text: Denise Kok

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    Courtesy of Fondazione Prada
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