Wes Anderson's Prada café opens

Prada's Bar Luce is the kind of place you'd love to write a movie in, says the director

By Andrea Tim | Published: 12 May 2015

Wes Anderson's café
Photo: Attilio Maranzano/Fondazione Prada

Imagine Wes Anderson's films coming to life in a café (are those some artsy film buff ears we hear pricking up?), and this is the one you'd probably imagine.

The director has just designed the perfect writer's corner in Milan, a café called Bar Luce that is a new addition to Prada's art complex, Fondazione Prada. (One of us is already sorry Milan isn't on her upcoming Italian holiday itinerary.)

Bar Luce is heavily inspired by Italian popular culture – the seats, Formica furniture, terrazzo floor, wooden panelling. Think 1950s diner minus the extravagant neon lights and checkered floor, keeping the jukebox and pinball machines. The ceiling and top half of the walls are reminiscent of Milan's iconic shopping arcade Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, while the whole aesthetic of the bar also derives from Castello Cavalcanti, the 2013 short film starring Jason Schwartzman that Wes directed for Prada.

"There is no ideal angle for this space," Wes explained. "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."

Bar Luce is open from 9am to 10pm. Don't miss it next time you're in Milan. Scroll on to see more photos of Bar Luce, as seen on Instagram.


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