At this point, it seems like any symmetrical, bright, patterned design is characterized as Wes Anderson-inspired. And while there have certainly been many obscure hole-in-the-wall places we’ve stepped into and felt like we were transported into the Royal Tenenbaums’ Archer Avenue home, there hasn’t been one truly Anderson spot to visit, until now. As part of Miuccia Prada’s new arts center, Fondazione Prada, the director designed a ’50s-themed café called Bar Luce.
Filled with kitchy wallpaper modeled after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, vintage formica tables and pastel chairs, terrazzo floors, jukeboxes, and even a Steve Zissou pinball machine, Anderson looked toward Italian Neorealism films Miracolo a Milano and Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli to spark his imagination. According to Fondazione Prada’s website, Anderson thinks the fully functional lounge would make a great area to write a screenplay. “There is no ideal angle for this space,” he said. “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.”
Photo: Attilio Maranzano. Courtesy Fondazione Prada