Each year we head to Milan for ‘Il Salone del Mobile’. Besides a shit load of design, great food and interesting talks we always visit the wonderful Fondazione Prada.
Always , really always there are good & surprising expo’s to discover while strolling around in-between the buildings and posing in front of the shiny gold leaf wall. Rem Koolhaas, of OMA, was the star architect working together with Miuccia Prada on this special project.
Bar Luce Milan
But the most important place to visit is the magical, unique pastel painted Bar Luce. Don’t be mistaken: this is not an evening bar but a breakfast/lunch & apero venue straight from the world of Mary Poppins. To set things right straight away: this is not a fairytale but a creation by cineast & movie director Wes Anderson, famous for movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel and my fav The Royal Tenenbaums. Imagine: color-blocked Formica tables, whimsical wallpaper, a perfectly modish WC, and there’s even a Steve Zissou–themed pinball machine. In the counter & bar only very Italian drinks_think campari, espresso and amaretto_and over the top sweets, cakes and tarts.
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.Anderson openly declared he was inspired by classics such as “Rocco and His Brothers” by Luchino Visconti and “Miracle in Milan” by Vittorio De Sica.
Ah, last thing: do not miss the toilet/bathrooms. Wow!
My advice: take an early cab and have your breakfast here at Bar Luce in Milan, before you check out the exhibitions. Hotel breakfast in Milan is rarely tasty. Sorry guys.
Check out: www.fondazioneprada.org
Pictures by Kate Stockman & Ivan Missinne