Fifty shades of furniture
Unless you’ve been wearing a silk blindfold, you’ll know that Fifty Shades of Grey the movie launches in the UK today (Fri 13th Feb). Love it or hate it, you’ve got to give it to Universal Studios for creating a whole website dedicated to Christian Grey’s (Jamie Dornan) lavish apartment. Christiangreysapartment.com takes you on an interactive tour of the penthouse with hotspots which lead to details on some items of decor, behind the scenes info’ and videos, cocktail and food recipes at relevant points, and if you can bear the cheesy voice – Christian even gives you a choice of which music piece you’d like him to tinkle on the ivories (a Fazioli F278 Grand Piano).
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson explains the reasoning behind Christian’s ‘voluminous’ apartment is to underline the difference between the two main characters and how their two worlds collide.
The website doesn’t however tell you where most of the furniture, lighting and decor is from – BUT WE CAN TELL YOU! Furniture designed and produced by partner companies Koket, Brabbu, Delightfull and Boca do Lobo often catch my eye at interior design trade shows. Their glamorous statement pieces display a daring design aesthetic. And in Fifty Shades of Grey many of them come together (no pun intended) in Christian’s apartment. Production designer David Wasco (also known for Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, Kill Bill: Vol. 1) and his team approached Koket et al directly to supply furniture for the film set.
Here’s a tour of the apartment with details on some of those pieces:
The lift doors open to an entry way containing an Eanda dining chair and Vellum wall lights by Brabbu, aswell as a Turner table lamp by DelightFULL.
The main lounge area contains a Sequoia center table by Brabbu. The sofa’s were custom designed.
On the way to Christian’s bedroom we see a Burlesque console by Koket.
The dining area features a Symphony sideboard by Boca do Lobo.
Towards the kitchen we see a wall sconce called Vivre by Koket.
If you’re loosing track at this point, here’s a handy floor plan to help orientate yourself:
Now lets move upstairs. Their ain’t no etchings up here, but we do see the aptly named Exotica dressing table by Koket.
As we move along the corridor to Anastasia’s bedroom we drift past a pretty Chignon chair, a Chloe wall sconce and a dramatic Guilt mirror all by Koket.
Moving into Anastasia’s bedroom we find a Desire sofa and chair:
Furniture and decor in film is our love. We’re forever captivated at the power that a well-chosen sofa, chair, carpet or artwork has to subtly convey a protagonists character. Surrounding himself with such unrelenting opulence and bold statement pieces we are told at once – that in Christian Grey’s world, too much is never enough.
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