Wes, is that you?
Pastel shades and bold color blends topped off with golden accents, all inside an eclectic retro frame. The world created by Wes Anderson polarizes many, but it can’t be denied originality and a certain kind of charm, too. His films are marked not only by a witty sense of humor and excellent casting, but also by set designs perfected down to the tiniest of details. Art Nouveau palaces, Art Déco interiors, and post-war designs – these are the main sources of inspiration for this American director. But equally impressive are the places inspired by the style of the creator of The Grand Budapest Hotel.
And speaking of hotels, what immediately comes to mind is Hotel Paradiso in Ibiza, a curious mix of sophisticated pre-war aesthetics and the Memphis Style – a colorful and somewhat abstract 1980s response to the previously predominant minimalism. The hotel’s interior is full of interesting combinations of expressive pastel colors that surround furniture which itself is a tribute to top-shelf designs of the post-war period.
Wes Anderson fans will surely find a moment of delight in one of the subtle cafes and restaurants. The London-based Sketch lures us in with its pink décor that doesn’t hesitate to incorporate Art Déco and the American 1950s design at the same time. The original artwork decorating the pinkish walls is by David Shrigley. A similar style can be found in the confectionery Nanan in Wrocław, the Breadway Bakery in Odessa or the Pink Zebra restaurant in Kanpur, India. London’s BEAM Café, the Canadian Superbaba and Stacks Pancake House, or the Filipino Café Congreso are kept in slightly different colors, each being like a portal that takes you a few decades back to the most interesting moments of twentieth-century design. In any of these, a cup of coffee and a slice of apple pie with ice cream must be delicious!
That being said, Wes Anderson’s biggest fans aren’t necessarily those who spend holidays or drink coffee in places similar to his set designs, but those whose homes are fashioned after his film frames. Among New York apartments, one is particularly eye-catching, with a full palette of pastel colors, geometric patterns, gilded accessories, and a 1950s-style kitchen with lush vegetation. As Wes Anderson as it gets, one could say.
Film is a specific branch of art in which there are hardly any limits and yet it’s hard to come across works marked by a true sense of aesthetics. Directors like Wes Anderson prove that you can create your own style that goes beyond just what it is originally conceived for and spills over to other arts such as interior design.
transl. Jakub Majchrzak