In search of Wes…
Wes….oh Wes…where for art thou Wes? As a self-proclaimed Wes Anderson fan of the highest order (I say that as if I’m on my own in admitting this), I am just one within his legion of fans who have gone in search of his work. His films were never going to be enough. It was never going to be enough to simply glimpse into the technicolour worlds he created in all their glorious symmetry and magical possibilities. The Bar Luce brought to life a re-imagined world that people could for an hour or two, suck in the illusion of being that little bit closer to the Wes wizardry.
Set within the absolutely breathtaking Fondazione Prada in Milan (a separate post on this to follow), Anderson designed everything. From the sucrose colour palette to the 50’s style uniforms, it had a whiff of Wes in the very air. Designed to be a typical Milanese style cafe, even the typeface chosen was all deliciously curved in lower case, and always at what can only be described as a jaunty angle. He said of the bar ‘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.’
People can sit either at tables or within singular booths with moveable drinks tables.
Yes….imagine my gleeful face when I saw a fully functioning pinball machine dedicated to very incredible Mr STEVE ZISSOU!?
A candy coloured, dreamy 50’s jukebox with all manner of hand selected Italian tunes.
You could hit up the sweetshop….
Of course you get aperetivo snacks with your chosen drink. There was an incredible array of cocktails on offer and I accompanied mine with a lemon sorbet.
The waiters looked somewhat bemused / very used to people snapping away in Wes world….*cue another roll of the eyes*
I can only assume Bar Luce is a permanent bar within Fondazione Prada but if you, like me are a complete and utter Wes-nut then do get yourself there pronto, it’s worth an entire day to get round the whole building and this is just the wonderful cherry on top.