Blog 1605 Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel

How to crea­te your very own Wes Ander­son uni­ver­se in 5 simp­le steps

He is the Willy Wonka of movie direction, appreciating the smallest details in his brown signature cord suit, transforming every-day themes into fairytales and creating visual standout work.

His films are com­po­sed of see­min­gly end­less 24 images per-second, which every snip­pet is worth being framed and nai­led to the wall. Wes­ley Wales Ander­son’s stills com­pri­se a who­le cos­mos of sto­ries so much so that his films have alrea­dy gone down in design-histo­ry. Con­cep­tua­li­zed cha­os, over­ly weird real­ness and ico­no­gra­phy in every sti­cker, patch, brooch or eye­li­ner repre­sent the Wes Ander­son style. We are going to turn the next page to his uni­ver­se in five easy steps.

The first step: Jump on the yel­low sub­ma­ri­ne aka the Life Aquatic

Citron, but­ter­milk and sun­flower (seeds) could be a reci­pe for a Sunday after­noon cake, ser­ved on Grandma’s best gold-rim table­wa­re atop a 60s wax-tea cloth. Howe­ver, in this case they are con­stant­ly recur­ring shades, shaping the inner life of Wes Anderson’s set­tings. Yel­low is not everybody’s cup of tea but defi­ni­te­ly worth con­si­de­ring twice, espe­cial­ly in com­bi­na­ti­on with super-retro design furniture.

The second step: Wan­de­ring through audio-kingdoms

Pia­no bar tinkling meets Rock n’ Roll meets ele­va­tor music and camp­fire sounds. Anderson’s choice of sound­track is as diver­se as his visu­al style is con­sis­tent. He brought some of the most memo­r­able movie-music inter­ac­ti­ve to life, revi­ved old clas­sics and thank­ful­ly made record play­ers cool again. Let’s spin the turn­ta­bles and whirl into some other deca­de with the­se 10 songs:

  1. Artie Shaw The Chant”
  2. Chet Baker Alo­ne Together”
  3. The Rol­ling Stones 2000 man”
  4. Seu Jor­ge Rebel Rebel”
  5. Love Seven and Seven is”
  6. The Who A quick one, while he’s away”
  7. David Bowie Life on Mars”
  8. The Faces Ooh La La”
  9. Ramo­nes Judy is a Punk”
  10. The Beach Boys Heroes and villains”

Third step: Loo­king like a royal

Three-stri­ped tack suit, sweat-band, fur coat and adult sized ten­nis dress, the Tennenbaum’s sure knew how to style. Mar­got as a muse for Pra­da, Miu Miu and Fen­di, estab­lis­hed the spor­ty-casu­al and femi­ni­ne look. Ander­son crea­tes inno­va­ti­ve clot­hing that makes his cha­rac­ters come to life. Adap­ted into the real world, Ander­son sets a new stan­dard for ori­gi­nal style.

The forth step: Unli­mi­ted education

To dive into Wes Anderson’s magi­cal safe havens it is not enough to just look and live like Antho­ny, Richie or Sam. We have to absorb the fee­ling by edu­ca­ting our­sel­ves by watching and rea­ding Anderson’s inspi­ra­ti­ons. His favo­ri­te movie is Rosemary’s Baby’, he quo­tes The God­f­a­ther’ in his first film and he also loves Fel­li­ni and The Gra­dua­te.’ Ing­mar Bergmann’s Tyst­na­den’ was the inte­rior inspi­ra­ti­on for the Grand Buda­pest Hotel’ and he edu­ca­ted hims­elf on Ste­fan Zweig and Cous­teau books. What bet­ter way to crea­te one’s own par­al­lel uni­ver­se than by drawing inspi­ra­ti­on from favo­ri­te films and novels?

The last step: Visit Rushmo­re, New Pen­zan­ce Island and Budapest

After reinven­ting Anderson’s uni­ver­se intern­al­ly and extern­al­ly, the final step is to explo­re the real world. Pla­ces like Bar Luce’ in Milan was desi­gned by Wes Ander­son for Pra­da and oozes the sce­ne­ry of an eerie Ander­son love sce­ne. Visit Gor­lit­zer Waren­haus,’ an old art nou­veau shop­ping cent­re and shoo­ting loca­ti­on for the Grand Buda­pest Hotel,’ or walk the streets of Anderson’s favo­ri­te pla­ces in Paris and Vik­tua­li­en­markt’ in Munich. Tra­vel to eras enab­led by the pink inte­rior of Sketch’ in Lon­don or the new Ber­lin diner Loui­se Pret­ty.’ Wes Anderson’s inspi­ra­ti­on is world­wi­de and it’s time to explore.

11 Mai 2016 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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