This could only happen once I stopped living in the city of Milan.
The hotly anticipated opening of the Prada Fondazione (by the art, fashion and design world) is situated in a former distillery, built in 1910, it is an industrial complex with seven existing buildings -warehouses, laboratories and silos.
Exhibiting art from the likes of Damien Hirst, David Hockney and Yves Klein, the place I’m most looking forward to visiting one day, is the Wes Anderson designed- Bar Luce.
While retaining the atmosphere of a typical Milanese cafè, Anderson feels that ‘there is no ideal angle for this space. 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.’
I can already hear Margot Tenenbaum ordering ”a butterscotch sundae, I guess.”
This isn’t the first Wes Anderson bar that has ever been designed, for a different version, if you’re ever in London, head down to Fika Bar & Kitchen, a spot my best friend Sally and I used to frequent for peppermint tea, the best chocolate brownie you could ever eat, and plenty of props for photo opportunities.
Fika, 161 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB