Friday, 31 July 2015


While in Milan recently we visited Fondazione Prada, an art gallery space where Wes Anderson has designed a cafe.  This is Bar Luce, and it's a bit of a stunner.  Rather than being a pristine, untouched set or installation, this is a working cafe where you can have cocktails, cakes, sandwiches and coffee.  It's undoubtedly got the very recognisable thumbprint of Mr. Anderson, from the pastel pink and mint green colour palette (which extends to the soft iced sponge cakes displayed in glass cabinets under the bar) to the beautiful pinball machines.  One is dedicated to Life Aquatic's Steve Zissou, the other to a short film called Castello Cavalcanti which starred Jason Schwartzman as a race car driver who crashes, quite literally, into a sleepy Italian village.  As huge Anderson fans this was a very special place for us to visit, and to spend an hour or so in an accessible part of the Anderson world.  But also it's just a lovely cafe.

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