American filmmaker Wes Anderson delved into the world of interior design back in 2015 with his Milanese inspired cafe Bar Luce.
Located in the Fondazione Prada, arguably one of Milan’s most tasteful multidisciplinary arts centre, the director of classics like The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Grand Budapest Hotelhas created an art project that screams sophistication with its attention to detail and Italian culture-inspired themes.
Speaking about his approach to the project Anderson said how “the approach I used to design this bar is exactly the opposite I usually use for the set designs of my movies. I tried to make it a bar you’d like to go to five times a week. When I was really young I wanted to be an architect, and this chance I’ve been given to pretend to be a real one is a childhood fantasy come true.”
Bar Luce was conceived by the modern auteur as “a space for real life with numerous good spots for eating, drinking, talking and reading. Anderson also went on to confess: “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 cafe takes its inspiration from Italian pop culture and the aesthetics from a prominent 1950s and 1960s arts movement. Located at the entrance building of Fondazione Prada, the cafe has referenced Anderson’s short film Castello Cavalcanti which was originally released in 2013.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, one of Milan’s most iconic buildings, is the inspiration for the arched ceilings and the top half of the bar’s wall decoration. This ‘miniature’ of the vaulted glass roof shows the intrinsic attention to detail that Anderson has demonstrated throughout his career to date.
Other inspirations taken from Milan’s culture are the Italian neo-realism cinematic pieces with Anderson drawing inspiration from Vittorio De Sica’s 1951 picture Miracolo a Milano and Rocco e i suoi fratelli, the 1960 effort by the great Luchino Visconti.
The cafe can be accessed from the internal space of the Fondazione Prada via Orobia and is open every day except Tuesday from 9am to 8pm. Bar Luce also remains open to the later time of 10pm on Friday and weekends.