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Photograph: Courtesy Attilio Maranzano/Bar Luce

There’s a whole Wes Anderson-designed bar in Milan

The cafe, like his filmmaking aesthetic, is stylish, colourful and quirky

Beril Naz Hassan
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Beril Naz Hassan

Recent weeks have seen the blossoming of a new, vibrant TikTok trend that honours the beloved filmmaker Wes Anderson. The director is known for his unique aesthetic, which features lively pastel colours, symmetrical shots, and characters that stare directly into the camera. The trend has been paying homage to this style – with some truly brilliant results.

@kyle_rothwell This is my favorite trend all year #wesanderson ♬ Obituary - Alexandre Desplat

TikTokkers across the globe have been sharing videos of their ordinary lives shot à la Wes Anderson. The hashtag #WesAnderson has suddenly risen to 554.7 million views on TikTok alone as social media users continue romanticising the simple pleasures of life. 

Despite his astronomical popularity, many don’t know that the American filmmaker designed a cafe in Milan back in 2015. Located at the Fondazione Prada building, Bar Luce is a colourful coffee house with interior decor that transports you back to the 1950s and 1960s. 

Talking about his design approach, Anderson once explained: When I was really young I wanted to be an architect, and this chance I’ve been given to pretend to be a real one is a childhood fantasy come true!’

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.

So, if you ever find yourself roaming the streets of Milan and wanting the perfect backdrop to your next Wes-Anderson-themed TikTok, you might want to stop by Bar Luce! 

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