Wes Anderson Vibes: Design Style
Whether you dig his movies or not, you have to admit, this guy follows through with details in style.
A style which is so particular in-fact, that thanks to the marvelous invention of hash-tagging, we can now enjoy the combination of wacky wes-inspired style from around the world. Insert the following.... #accidentalwesanderson #wesandersonstyle #wesandersonvibes ...
As surreal and kitsch as they may be, his stylized worlds are interior designers dream.
It may seem to some, that such Wes-inspired spaces are almost 'too heavy' to live in day-to-day, and indeed this may be true. But! - they do however, provide the perfect inspiration for temporary design spaces such as cafes, restaurants, salons, bars or retail stores - allowing regular folk to escape reality and live in fantasy, even if it is just for a few hours.
Apartamento’s Editor-in-Chief Marco Velardi says, “You could compare Wes Anderson to an interior decorator...I imagine in a movie the time you have to describe a character is limited, so using the interiors to do so probably becomes something of a necessity...An intricate visual language has become Anderson’s trademark ".
It is this notion of following through with an 'intricate visual language' which is so important to us as interior designers - so, we thought to take you on a journey through some of our favourite interiors that we think could easily provide the background for one of Wes Anderson's films, and indeed speak to us in an intricate visual language. They are lush, colourful, immaculately detailed and explore totally transportive - and what's even better, is that they are completely open to the public!
India Mahdavi is one of our favourite contemporary interior designers who really follows through when it comes to style. She is lucky (and talented) enough to bring abit of fantasy into the real world.... and boy does she deliver! If you still haven't checked out Sketch in London, you better put it on your bucket list, the bathrooms are a complete trip! Check out some of her work below....
Bar Luce, as part of Fondazione Prada, in Milan is undeniably Anderson-esque, considering it was designed the man himself. In homage to the traditional mid-century Milanese coffee-bar style, Anderson applies some pretty heavy colour-blocking, a complete overhaul of wallpaper, along with some mid-century furniture, and a Steve Zissou themed pinball machine.
Jesse Heyman from Vogue Living, says that;
Even though Bar Luce looks like it was plucked from a glossy set, the director said that the bar is built for real life. - “While I do think it would make a pretty good movie set,” Anderson explains on the bar’s website, “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.” ... Count us in!
Having completed Bar Luce, Muccia Prada set her eyes the already existing Milanese institution, Pasticceria Marchesi on Monte Napoleone, which was originally opened in 1824. Wanting to preserve it in all its glory, and more with the help of architect Roberto Baciocchi, Miss Prada's Pastry Shop was born. Inspired by its traditional Milanese interior features, the cafe features a grand marble-topped bar with cherry wood cabinets, mirror-backed shelves displaying an array of aperitifs and pastry cases with curved glass tops.
Muccia Prada claimed in an interview with The Guardian, "I wanted to make culture attractive to the young [so that they would see] that it is necessary to your life." She added that although she had purchased many works of art over the years, she didn't want to keep them for herself: "I grew up with the idea that art is for everybody and not a matter of private ownership." Under Muccia's wing, a family-owned local business with a sympathy for Italian craftsmanship and hospitality has the encouragement to remain open, and together preserve an important piece of Milanese culture.
Another 'Andersonian discovery' is Café Congreso—a café in the Philippines run by owner Joseph Malabanan. "Opened in the spring of 2017, the café most closely resembles the set of The Grand Budapest Hotel—a pastel-hued retro-chic hotel, packed with delightful details. Similarly, Café Congreso’s interior features cotton candy pink walls and seating, paired with teal green features such as the marble-topped coffee bar. Lux gold accents are found in raised wall frames and light fixtures, while the café’s twee jars and plates complete the look. " - Emma Taggart, 2017.
Oliver Wainwright, Also looking like they are straight out of a set from a Wes Anderson film, are some of these interiors captured byof North Korean interiors. Notice the perfect symmetry, and focus of Soviet-era fittings. Hard to believe this is pretty standard living for North Koreans, its so kitsch that it's almost creepy. Unfortunately for us, these interiors (or spaces) are not open to the public, but the images you can find are incredibly fascinating... Have a google search, and thank us later!