Wes Anderson Designed a Bar, and It Has Steve Zissou Pinball

May 8, 2015


Having meticulous director Wes Anderson design an actual building interior--like getting Michael Bay to design an actual big, dumb, exploding robot--is such a brilliant, obvious idea that it's surprising no one thought of it sooner. So kudos to the Fondazione Prada for finally getting it done with Bar Luce, a new cafè the art foundation contracted Anderson to conceive.

Located in Milan, it's said the space mixes the very old with the only pretty old, combining original features, like the arched ceilings, with formica, wood panelling, and colors reminiscent of Italy in the '50s and '60s. Also: STEVE ZISSOU PINBALL (the other machine looks like it's based on a short film the director, aptly enough, previously made for Prada).

Said Anderson: "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."

This ideal spot for deadpanned dialogue over Camparis on the rocks opens Saturday.

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