Sunday, February 27, 2011


The week before the Oscars, le hubby and I caught a showing of The King's Speech. The story wasn't as hoity-toity-heavy as I imagined it would be - much thanks to brilliant lines delivered by the immensely talented Geoffrey Rush - and like many others, I adored the heartwarming, uplifting tale. But story aside...

How frickin' amazing was Logue's room?!?
How stunning was that peeling wall?!?

Eve Stewart, the film's Production Designer, used 33 Portland Place for Logue's speech therapy room. The Guardian article described it as "... an unusual vaulted room with large leaded windows at one end, reminiscent of a Venetian palace, and roof lights that make it look a bit like an artist's studio and allow some light in on the pervasive gloom. This room also has extraordinary walls, decorated in distressed browns and oranges like an exotic damaged fresco, if in autumnal colours. When the team arrived, one area was covered in wallpaper infused with oil, which had then been half-scraped, half-burned off. Eve Stewart, the production designer, loved the mottled, peeling effect so much that she decided to reproduce it across the whole wall. The room became so striking that very little furniture was required, and the almost empty set gives the actors space..."

And not just any space. A spectacular, drool-worthy space.

Le hubby and I receive keys to our new home in Silver Lake this coming Friday. I told him I've been inspired by the interiors of The King's Speech. Pieces from Galerie Half would do it... * evil muah-ha-ha laugh *

Illustrations plucked from an ICG Magazine interview with Eve Stewart HERE. (So charming, no? Reminds me of the sort of concept art generated by Wes Anderson's brother, Eric Anderson. Love.)

Bottom photo plucked from HERE.

1 comment:

JennySRP said...

i need to see that movie. Very cool.


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