‘Accidentally Wes Anderson’ Book Is the Perfect Travel Guide for Adventurers Who Love Pastel Architecture

Roberts Cottages

Roberts Cottages, Oceanside, CA, USA
Photo: @paulfuentes_photo
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Have you ever seen a place that looks like it could be in a Wes Anderson film? Whether it’s a candy-colored interior or a small building dwarfed by an impossibly large mountainscape, these enchanting places exist all over the world. The Instagram account Accidentally Wes Anderson (AWA) began in 2017 as a personal travel bucket list for creator Wally Koval and quickly transformed into something much greater and global. Now, the popular profile has 1.2 million “adventurers” (and growing) who not only marvel at these quirky locales but contribute their own photos and travel tips.

Each post in the AWA feed features an image that could be plucked from the likes of The Grand Budapest Hotel or Moonrise Kingdom. The caption offers context—giving information about its location, history, and design—but always invites others to share their knowledge of the place by adding a comment.

“It's a community with a capital ‘C’,” Koval tells My Modern Met. He sees himself as the manager of it all, but the content only grows richer as more people take part. And like any community, it grows and changes. Some people refer to AWA in planning their next great trip while others use it for decorating and include the photos in mood boards. And for others, the spirit of these images—which are often taken at everyday sites or are off the beaten path—inspires them to look close to home to see what incredible places lie near.

AWA has recently been published as a book of the same name. With a foreward from Wes Anderson himself, it features more than 200 locations and includes stunning photographs that were snapped by photographers in 50 countries. They represent a cross-section of the world and prove how there is a global interest in finding beauty in the idiosyncratic.

The Accidentally Wes Anderson book is now available on Amazon or through Bookshop, where you can support local bookstores.

Accidentally Wes Anderson is a large online community that shares locales that recall the eponymous director's films and overall aesthetic.

Hotel Opera

Hotel Opera, Prague
Photo: @valentina_jacks

Nagashima Spa Land Roller Coaster

Nagashima Spa Land Roller Coaster, Japan
Photo: @paulhiller

Postmaster Alaska

Postmaster Alaska
Photo: @heath_travels

Glenorchy Wharf Shed

Glenorchy Wharf Shed, New Zealand
Photo: @friidaberg

Amer Fort

Amer Fort, Rajasthan, India
Photo: @chrsschlkx

Lisbon Tram

Lisbon Tram
Photo: @jackspiceradams

Cable Car Cathedral

Cable Car Cathedral, Germany
Photo: @olle.l.olle

Crawley Edge Boat Shed

Crawley Edge Boat Shed, Australia
Photo: @_JamesWong

Marfa Fire Station

Marfa Fire Station, Texas, USA
Photo: @emprestridge

Koval has compiled the photos into a book of the same name. It shares photos and stories about curious sites around the world.

Accidentally Wes Anderson

Accidentally Wes Anderson: Website | Instagram | Facebook

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Hatchette Book Group.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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