The Handbook
The Handbook

You can spot a Wes Anderson film from a mile off.

The movies pride themselves on a lust for pastel hues, tilt-shift effects, stunning symmetrical architecture and deep focus so that the subject looks tiny in comparison to its surroundings. Every ounce is carefully thought out, no minute detail goes unnoticed and each film always uses the trusty Futura font, so much so that it’s like it’s become Wes Anderson’s very own trademark. In short, they’re aesthetically pleasing on the eye. 

Anderson’s style has sparked inspiration in thousands, from filmmakers to artists, to more recently an Instagram community snapping up photographs of Wes Anderson-esque buildings, subjects and places in the real world.

Born out of an admiration for the film director, screenwriter and producer, and a love for adventure, Accidentally Wes Anderson, an Instagram account created by Wally Koval dedicated to Anderson’s quirky colours and symmetrical style, was born. Now two and a half years later, the page boasts over 1.3million followers, with 1,300 posts (and counting) displaying fragments of Anderson’s style in real life. Inspired by the fun loving online community, Koval has just released a book dedicated to Anderson’s imaginary worlds, offering a visual adventure for any wanderlust looking for inspiration. 

To celebrate the launch, Accidentally Wes Anderson’s Koval has teamed up with London’s The Old Bank Vault gallery space to bring a splash of pastel colour to the city in an immersive pop-up.

Running every day until 23rd December, the Hackney Road art gallery has been transformed into an Anderson inspired world, abrim with baby pink walls, fluffy floating clouds and even a three tiered Anderson inspired cake, courtesy of the Lily Vanilli bakery. 

Think baby pink walls, fluffy floating clouds and even a three tiered Anderson inspired cake.

Guests can explore the Accidentally Wes Anderson collections and photographs in person, and can purchase their own copies of the prints and book for themselves. 

Take a break from your last minute Christmas errands and stop by to soak up the dream-like space. A print and the book make for a perfect stocking filler too for any film and adventure lovers.

If you can’t make it down, shop the book at waterstones.com 

The Accidentally Wes Anderson exhibition is open every day, 10am-6pm until 23rd December. 

The Old Bank Vault, 283 Hackney Road, E2 8NA 

www.theoldbankvault.com


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