In the event you just can’t get enough of the worlds of The Royal Tenebaums, Grand Budapest Hotel or other Wes Anderson films, now you can spend your afternoons sipping an espresso and nibbling on cake immersed in the decor and interior design of a cafe designed by the acclaimed director and prince of hipsters.
Anderson’s design was carried out by design firm Fondazione Prada. The cafe sits opposite a train station in Milan, Italy and, as explained on the site, is intended to be a hotspot for the general public and a regular hangout for locals. My, how niche.
Anderson’s love of European architecture and design is heavily prevalent in his films and he didn’t stray at all when approaching this project. According to the cafe’s website, Anderson explains his approach:
‘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.’
My favorite feature is the grade school inspired sitting area complete with formica lap desks. It’s sure to give comfort to millennials who long for being back in school studying or sleeping through class. If you require a bit more stimulation, there are some pinball machines lining a back wall. Yes, of course they are vintage inspired. They sit right next to the old school juke box. A true visionary design. Has my sarcasm finally dripped down your web browser window?