Wes Anderson films are magical works of art. He mixes live action with stop motion and what looks like colourful cardboard cutouts. I find his work fascinating and inspiring, with The Grand Budapest Hotel being one of my favourite films. This month he opened his very own cafe in Milan called bar Luce. It is now a life goal to visit.
Bar Luce recreates the atmosphere of a typical Milanese cafè. Although his movies often favour symmetrical tableaux, 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. 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 building is absolutely stunning, with some architectural and decorative details preserved from 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.
Of course, Wes Anderson’s often used and famous soft-pastel colour theme is seen across the interior. This range of colours along with the the seats, formica furniture, floor, and veneered wood wall panels are reminiscent of Italian popular culture and aesthetics from the 1950s and 1960s.
Every detail is considered and you can see how much time and effort will have been put in to create this space. The mugs, menus and even the sugar sachets are all connected and fit perfectly together. If you have seen The Grand Budapest Hotel, you will know all about Mendl’s bakery. The cakes on sale at Bar Luce look just as mouth-watering.
I love the idea of a film director’s artistic vision being extended and expanded into new mediums. Anderson has taken his signature style to design a physical space for fans to enjoy his personality and method beyond his films. I can’t wait to go there one day!
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