Bar Luce, Milan by Wes Anderson

We absolutely love Wes Anderson here at Average Joes. His meticulous dollhouse approach to design and aesthetics in his films have meant he’s something very rare in Hollywood – a genuine one off. With design at the forefront of all of his pictures, baring maybe Bottle Rocket, it’s no great shock that he’s helped design a new café in the heart of Milan. And it looks very very Wes Anderson!

Bar Luce opened last week and Anderson helped design the Italian café after being asked by Prada to lend a hand. It’s located in Milan’s Fondazione Prada building and as you can see from the images, you’ll have a hard task to find a café that’s more him with soft pastels as far as the eye can see.

The Bar Luce website cites other influences, as well as Anderson, at the establishment with Italian popular culture and aesthetics from the 1950s and 1960s and Italian Neorealism all quoted.

The lounge appears takes visitors back in time to classic Milanese cafés with specific apparent nods to the building’s history as a distillery and Anderson’s past projects with Prada.

In Bar Luce, as well as the usual Italian café foods and drinks, you’ll also see lots of homages to Anderson’s work with patterns from his films and even Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman pinball machines. Not to mention the resident jukebox. Even Prada have fun too!

“It is for real life, and ought to have numerous good spots for eating, drinking, talking, reading, etc.,” Anderson wrote on Bar Luce’s Website. “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 opened on Saturday is open from 9am-10pm. The bar can be accessed directly from Via Orobia, and is meant to be a hotspot for the general public, as well as a regular neighbourhood hangout.