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Wes Anderson Has Designed a Very Andersonian Cafe in Milan, Bar Luce

Wes Anderson Bar Luce Milan

Bar Luce in Milan. Photo by Fondazione Prada

Wes Anderson has designed a cafe, Bar Luce, which opened this past weekend in Fondazione Prada, a new art venue in Milan, Italy.

The design is highly Wes Andersonian, including a Steve Zissou-themed pinball machine, formica tables, lots of pinks and pastels, veneered wood wall panels, and wallpaper that recalls sets from Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel. 

Fondazione Prada suggests the bar — a full-service bar with pastries, a candy counter and, vintage coffee grinding and brewing equipment — recalls a typical Milanese cafè, one that doesn’t reflect the symmetrical tableaux characteristic of many of Anderson’s film sets.

“There is no ideal angle for this space,” Anderson said on the organization’s announcement of the new bar. “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.”

The bar is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., with access from Via Orobia. Here are some shots from some of some of the bar’s earliest visitors:

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