Could this be real? Surely it’s too good to be true. We rubbed our eyes and pinched our skin, and the headlines remain; Wes Anderson designed a Wes Anderson bar.
It’s called Bar Luce by Wes Anderson and was designed as a part of Prada’s new art and culture complex, Fondazione Prada. We’re cryin’ though, because the only way of getting a teeny tiny slice o’ this kitschy, cinematic Wes paradise is by means of a trip to Milan, Italy.
Aesthetically, Bar Luce is inspired by Italian Neorealism films like “Miracle in Milan” (1951) and “Rocco and His Brothers” (1960). The feel is an amalgamation of 1950’s Italy, classic Milan architecture, and Wes’ own pastel, symmetrical, nostalgic fantasy worlds.
Housed inside a 1910 era distillery, the bar is saturated in a sage and dusty pink colour palette, with veneered wood panelling, art deco wallpaper and arched ceilings. Nostalgia-inducing formica tables and pastel chairs line the room in perfect symmetry, while a Steve Zissou themed pinball machine and retro jukebox provide even more fun. Dainty white tableware and sugar sachets are stamped with a charming pink script logo. Frankly, we’re pretty surprised the logo has been spared of the iconic, loosely kerned Futura Medium typeface that is quintessentially Wes.
“I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons in,” he told Wired. The space may be kitschy, but it’s not a mere a novelty. “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.”
Damn right, Bar Luce is real life! If you’re lucky enough to be in Milan right now, get out your best mustard suit or white knee-highs. As of May 9th, the bar is officially open!