When I was in Milan last December, I found myself at the swoon-worthy Bar Luce where I proceeded to photograph everything. Featuring pastel retro counters and seating, quirky wallpaper mimicking Milan's iconic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II mall, millennial pink-flecked floors, and a Steve Zissou pinball machine, the coffee shop-bar, located on the grounds of the trendy Fondazione Prada art center, already has all the makings of an Instagram-famous destination. Add in the fact that it's designed by Wes Anderson, and you've got a millennial trap.
No director has enamored Generation Y as much as Anderson. With his pastel-hued, nostalgia-inducing films, he has captured the imagination of every wanderlust-afflicted viewer from that age group. With his uniquely dreamlike-aesthetic running through movies like Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and The Darjeeling Limited, Anderson has prompted fans to travel the world in search of landscapes as wonder-worthy as ones that inspired his film sets.
In honor of the auteur's 49th birthday today, we tapped Wally Koval, founder of @AccidentallyWesAnderson, a popular Instagram account responsible for posting photos of places that look plucked straight from the director's films. Serving as a "love letter to the beautiful 'Wes Anderson-esque' aesthetic that can be found around every corner—as long as you are looking through the correct lens," the platform spotlights Anderson-loving photographers and provides historical context to architectural highlights around the world.
Behold his 10 favorite picks, ahead.