If you ever wondered what a cafe designed by film director Wes Anderson would look like, look no further. True to his love of attention to detail in films like The Grand Budapest Hotel, Bar Luce in Fondazione Prada is just like a typical Milanese cafe with vintage pinball machines, clear candy jars and its speckled floor.
While some details have been added to create the kitschy atmosphere of the cafe, some architectural and decorative elements from the building's original structure have been left untouched. A standout feature is the dramatically arched ceiling reminiscent of the vaulted glass roof at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, one of Milan's symbolic buildings.
"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," Wes says. "I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons in."
It's a spot we would want to spend our afternoons in, too, taking in all the splendour, for sure.
Bar Luce is open every day at Fondazione Prada, from 9am to 10pm.