Of all the things one expects to find in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan provinceu2014pandas, teahouses, fiery foodu2014pastel-hued interiors inspired by director Wes Anderson probably arenu2019t up there. But a new cafu00e9, opened by a 19-year-old woman who fell in love with The Grand Budapest Hotel, has changed that.
u201cThere was just something about that movie,u201d says Zhong Jingwen, who opened The Budapest Cafu00e9 last November. u201cI loved the soft, quirky, feminine visuals. I wanted to create a space where people would come and want to take pictures, where they would feel like theyu2019re in a movie.u201d Zhong brought in Melbourne-based design firm Biasol to create a cafu00e9 thatu2019s inspired byu2014but doesnu2019t simply mimicu2014the aesthetics of the 2014 movie. Look for staircases and arches similar to what youu2019d find at the namesake fictional hotel, coasters adorned with hotel keys, neon signs that reference the film, and a twee palette of greens and pinks.
u201cThe big thing with Wes Anderson is that attention to detail,u201d says Jean-Pierre Biasol, the design companyu2019s founder. u201cYou canu2019t have any part of the space thatu2019s dull, and we wanted to have a sense of storytelling in all the design, from the coasters to the coffee cups and the business cards.u201d
If Andersonu2019s current film, Isle of Dogs, has you craving quirkiness, you donu2019t necessarily need to brush up on your Mandarin. In Ontario, you can stay at Mr. Andersonu2019s House, an Airbnb rental run by a fan who themed each room after one of the filmmakeru2019s movies. And in Milan, you can drink at 1950s-inspired Bar Luce, designed by the director himself. And you can follow @accidentallywesanderson, an Instagram account that showcases symmetrical pastel scenes from around the worldu2014perfect inspiration for the directoru2019s next flick.