Wes Anderson designs a Bar for Fondazione Prada
By Kenneth Richard | The Impressionist
Fans of director Wes Anderson can now immerse themselves in the retro aesthetics that permeates his films as the director has teamed up with Prada to design a bar. Based in Milan, Bar Luce recreates the atmosphere of a typical Milanese cafè and was designed for Fondazione Prada, an Italian cultural institution with whom he’s previously collaborated on commercials and his short film, Castello Cavalcanti.
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.
Anderson feels that ‘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.’ The director kept many of the architectural and decorative details from the original structure, such as the arched ceiling, which recreates a ‘miniature’ version of the vaulted glass roof of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, one of Milan’s symbolic buildings. Bar Luce echoes a few of Anderson’s Italian cinematic influences, from Luchino Visconti’s ‘Rocco e i suoi fratelli’ (Rocco and His Brothers) to Vittorio De Sica’s ‘Miracolo a Milano’ (Miracle in Milan).
Anderson’s own films are included, too, as there is a ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’ themed pinball machine, featuring the character Bill Murray played in the film, as well a “retro jukebox” that will no doubt carry many of the British invasion tunes that permeate the director’s films.
The bar opened this weekend and can be accessed directly from Via Orobia. So for all those aspiring screenwriters who look to drink surrounded by all things Anderson, Wes Anderson has finally built you a diorama to drink in.