The king of whimsy has opened a caffeinated wonderland. For fans of Wes Anderson’s work, his new café Bar Luce, which just opened inside the Prada art and culture center in Milan, is a space at once familiar and eye-catching. Anderson explained that he designed Bar Luce as “a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons in.”
Indeed, the coffee shop looks like it jumped off the screen at a showing of The Royal Tenenbaums or The Grand Budapest Hotel, with a calming, nostalgic design: pastel color blocking, mod restrooms, and even a working Life Aquatic pinball machine.
“While I do think it would make a pretty good movie set,” Anderson explains on the café’s website, “I think it would be an even better place to write a movie.”
Bar Luce, which opened this past weekend, is located inside the Fondazione Prada and will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., likely serving all manner of twee pastries and coffees.