Wes Anderson, Interior Designer

Hi guys and dolls–I hope everyone is having a safe and happy holiday weekend! Chilly, rainy weather here spoiled any outdoor plans we may have wanted to make, but I did still get to spend quality time with good friends, AND I finished painting the bedroom. I didn’t end up following through on the inspiration I claimed to have here (which is why I haven’t shared it), but the room is now one color, and the infamous curtains that caused the whole snafu are finally hung, so I’m feeling a lot more relaxed about the space. I’ll follow up soon with more details about what actually went down.

In the meantime, let’s wrap up this long weekend by talking about something FUN. Wes Anderson is one of my favorite movie directors, and of the many, many things that make his films memorable (like super quirky characters with exceedingly human motivations and perfectly curated soundtracks) his point of view as a designer is one that stands out in my mind the most.

Anderson’s films have created a recognizable aesthetic that encompasses everything from graphic design to fashion to interior design. On his movie sets, color reigns, vintage styles mingle in a way that makes the interiors seem almost outside of time, and each space feels perfectly and intimately suited to the characters who inhabit it.

Now, Anderson has completed his first real-world interior project–designing Bar Luce in the Fondazione Prada in Milan.

There are lots of pictures of this candy-colored confection out and about on the web, but one of the best collections to showcase all the details of the space is here.

It really seems like the perfect place to spend an afternoon sipping Italian coffee and wasting quarters on the Steve Zissou pinball machine. I feeling a little like I won’t have really eaten a croissant until I’ve eaten it inside one of Bar Luce’s pink and teal booths. Do take a gander at all the lovely photos of this place, and then, while you’re scheming about how to finance your trip to Milan, scroll through and enjoy lots more interior goodness from some of Anderson’s past movie sets.

The Royal Tenenbaums

Moonrise Kingdom

Hotel Chevalier / The Darjeeling Limited

The Grand Budapest Hotel

All so dreamy! Give me Margot Tenenbaum’s tub and Suzy Bishop’s window seat and I’ll be a happy camper. Which interior is your favorite?

VINE & LACE

7 comments

  1. Well… I like the one that is blue and has Gandhi picture in it and the first picture. They are different. In the former there is blue pattern, steel borders, wood walls and windows, and the latter its just colorful and varietiful from ceiling and walls with textures to colorful chairs and table with a contrasting plain marble floor, its quite a marvel.

  2. I’m such a Wes Anderson fan! I adore his use of colors and retro styling! I think my favorite interior is Margot Tenenbaum’s bedroom with the red Scalamandre zebra wallpaper, but then again, that’s one of my favorite movies!

    1. Oh my goodness, yes! I just love that wallpaper. It’s one of those things that is just too perfectly Anderson-ish (kind of like your butterfly art!). I really enjoy all his films, but I have to agree THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS is pretty hard to beat (by any movie, ever)!

  3. I’m an Interior & Spatial Design student from London and I am currently in the process of researching for my dissertation topic and I’m planning on writing about the film sets of Wes Anderson and how he is not only a film director but he is becoming recognised as a designer (Bar Luce)

    I’m fascinated by the interiors that surrounds his sets. It would be great if anyone would be able to give me some advice or recommendations, I would be most grateful!

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