Ala Champ
 
00:00/

NODE HOTEL

In Kyoto, Feel As Though You're Inside An Art Collectors Home

INVISIBLE MEN

The Largest-Ever Exhibition Devoted to Menswear Is Currently on Display in London

“TRACK & FIELD” C/O VIRGIL ABLOH

We Speak To Creative Agency CONVOY Behind The Podium-Worthy Project

SUPERLABO

Tokyo's Finest Photo Publisher Opens Their New Showroom & Gallery

Yurbban Trafalgar Hotel

The Design Hotel in Barcelona Delivers with Practical Luxury and Minimalist Decor

GWANGJU DESIGN BIENNALE

Deciphering The Complex Meaning of 'Humanity'

Flushing Meadows Hotel & Bar

Munich’s Only Design Hotel for the Independent & Savvy Traveller

“Figures of Speech” at the MCA Chicago

Virgil Abloh's First Museum Exhibition Portrays Creativity and Consumption in the 21st Century

NEW FOUND FORM

The New DJ Duo Joining The Dots Between London's Diverse Music Scene

ON MOUNTAIN HUT

An Ode to On’s Beginnings, A Sustainable Mountain Hut Found in the Swiss Alps 2,500 Metres Up

JULIA CHIANG

The Brooklyn-based Artist Explores the Ambiguous Complexities of Life With Vibrant Optimism

THE TAVERNIST

Undefinable & Undeniably Good Contemporary Fine Dining in Taipei

THE OKURA TOKYO

Reinventing The Past, Yoshio Taniguchi Creates An Impressive New Era

LINE LA

The Leading LA Hotel Celebrating Its Location, Creative Network and Perfect Refurbishment of an Architectural Masterpiece

ZIA

Emerging Chef Antonio Ziantoni Is Transforming Rome's Contemporary Fine Dining Culture

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka Main Lounge

A 1973-Designed Lounge With An Indoor Flowing River & Cumulus Glass Ceiling

Bar Luce

The Wes Anderson-Designed Bar And Cafe At Milan's Fondazione Prada

October, 2017
Foto Attilio Maranzano | Courtesy Fondazione Prada

While in Milan, a must-visit locale is Bar Luce designed by Wes Anderson, filmmaker and long-term friend to Fondazione Prada founder Miuccia Prada, who created a one-of-a-kind bar and cafe space located inside the Fondazione Prada’s compound.

Recreating the atmosphere of a typical Milanese cafe with the addition of Anderson quirks. Anderson states, ‘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.’

Foto Attilio Maranzano | Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Solid pastel colour ways work in juxtaposition to alternating bronze and gold details, with veneered wood panels and formica furniture reflecting on past Italian popular culture and design aesthetics. The arched ceiling of the space has been preserved, with patterned details replicated to enforce the interior design direction of the 1950s and 1960s. Again, no detail has been left unattended: the detailing on the Steve Zissou-themed pinball machine, the The Casuals and Bruno Martino classic songs on the retro jukebox to even the bar staff’s impeccable black and white uniforms. Even the waiters attitude is what you would expect here – straight yet polite – undeniably Italian in the most charming way possible. Unassumingly the bars bathroom is an experience, with its outside design worthy of photography and a moments glance of appreciation.

Open every day from 9am to 10pm, the bar is a gathering spot for Milanese locals with Friday evenings now a typical destination for the young, fashionable and sociable. Upon first visitation, the feeling that you are in an artwork itself is inevitable. A performance art of sorts, unconventionally attractive waiters attend to guests’ wishes in typical Italian manner (direct but never pretentious), whilst the perfectly presented Tiramisu is an accompanying accessory to the perfect cup of espresso. On the menu: panini, panini, panini (with every option delicious and presented with aesthetic perfection)… and a never-ending option of beverages, such as the cliché yet never underestimated classic Spritzer. Bar Luce has embraced the Italian culture of socialising and taking a moment out to enjoy life itself. 

Fondazione Prada, Milan © JK / Ala Champ (Issue 10, 2015)
Fondazione Prada, Milan © JK / Ala Champ (Issue 10, 2015)
Fondazione Prada, Milan © JK / Ala Champ (Issue 10, 2015)

Bar Luce
Fondazione Prada
Largo Isarco, 2, 20139
Milano MI, Italy

#Champ_Milan

October, 2017