Decors and colors in Wes Anderson’s movies

March 27, 2014


With his last movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson not only confirms that he’s a brilliant director but also reveals that he could have been a great interior designer! Colors, furniture, lights, disposition, all reveals that décor is important for esthetic reasons but also has a meaning of its own.



Explosive colors


Red and Purple


Mixing bright red and purple is a bold choice, yet it is the main color theme of the Grand Budapest hotel. From the elevator walls to the lobby rugs through staff uniforms, red and purple are the sign that you belong to this special hotel. The two main characters are indeed proudly wearing these colors, even outside of the hotel.
Not really well-known for being the best match, these two colors have first been associated by Yves Saint-Laurent, inspired by the mix and match of colors in Morocco. Maybe India (let’s remember Darjeeling Limited) was Wes Anderson’s inspiration for this masterful association of colors.


(with a touch of orange, like Yves Saint-Laurent in his time)



Orange and Green


Orange and green are two colors which echo themselves quite brutally as well. He uses these two colors, which were very fashionable during the Sixties, to show that time has changed. But the dull tones used (also in contrast with the bright red and purple of the 30’s) let show that the hotel is not what it used to be anymore.




Light pink, blue and green


These colors are often associated with a female world; linked to the young baker in the Grand Budapest Hotel, similar colors are present in the bathroom of Tenenbaums’ daughter in the Royal Tenenbaums.





Complementary colors


Wes Anderson uses a lot of other bright colors, and plays with strong and explosive combinations. He often associates so-called ‘complementary colors’, well-known among artists and physicists for their capacity to enhance one another.

Yellow and Blue




Yellow and Purple



Pink and Green





The way Wes Anderson uses colors is not only visually strong but it also gives a fresh look to interiorsthat are either too classical or a bit old-fashioned.




Lights


Like all good interior designer, Wes Anderson knows how to use light and lights to create a specific atmosphere.




A perfect symetry


Wes Anderson’s shots are often perfectly symmetrical, as this video demonstrates.
Symmetry reinforce the beauty of a scene while giving an impression of order and completeness.






Characters and Decors


Last but not least, if colors and decors are that thoroughly chosen by the director, it’s because they do not only serve an esthetic goal, they also reflect the characters who live in them and thus serve to introduce these characters and to understand them better. In the Royal Tenenbaums, characters are introduced through their bedrooms. In the Grand Budapest Hotel, the main character keeps wearing the old colors of the hotel even though the décor has changed, to signify that he, hasn’t changed.



(zebra wallpaper available at Salamandre)





Lessons to be learned? Don’t be afraid to DARE vivid colors and to furnish your home as YOU wish, remember, your home reveals a bit of who you are! J





Books, Storage and Decoration

March 20, 2014
You are a compulsive buyer of books, you devour and pile them up until you don’t know what to do with them anymore. I know how you feel… Some ad hoc solutions for books addicts.

Space-saving solution

Bibliochaise by Nobody&Co
Make a table out of your books
@Ritemail

Invisible bookshelves

Created by NotTom
By  Umbra

When books become part of your home décor



At Sal Curioso Restaurant created by Substance Agency
At the Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong 

Books with a twist

Hook Book by Rose Bunker

Clock Book By Karlsson

Library

You can still use a traditional library, an idea stolen from Ralph Lauren Home: hang your paintings and photographs on your bookcases.

© Ralph Lauren

Bonus

If you like books and decoration and you happen to be in Paris this week, don’t miss Philippe Starck book signing at the Salon du Livre. All you need to know about this event here, and if you just want to buy it you can find it here.


The 5 most Beautiful Private Clubs of Hong Kong

March 15, 2014
“There'll be nothing but beauty, wealth, pleasure,
With all things in order and measure.”
Charles Baudelaire, l’invitation au voyage, (in Les Fleurs du mal)

Kee Club

Kee Club could be the exact embodiment of Charles Baudelaire’s poem from which the lines above are extracted. This club is indeed a real ‘Invitation to the Voyage’: a classical European residence with African sculptures and pieces of arts from the greatest (Pablo Picasso and Anthony Quinn to name but a few), richly decorated with precious colors and Bauhaus designed 1940’s furnishings.

Most beautiful interiors

Exquisite interior

Beautiful interior

beautiful dining room


Beautiful club armchairs

Art Déco style
Photo Credit: Kee Club 


China Club

China Club will make you travel at the heart of 1930’s Shanghai. Each room astonishes and enchants: the lime green staircase and its Chinese artists gallery, the art deco restaurant and its Roaring Twenties singer accompanied by a grand piano, the “Long March Bar” and its trinkets from another time, the library and its thousands of books devoted to Chinese art and culture, the terrace and its breathtaking view on the illuminated skyscrapers…

China Club Hong Kong

China Club staircase Hong Kong

Shanghai 30's style

China Club Hong Kong

China Club Bar Hong Kong

beautiful library

China Club rooftop Hong Kong


Red Chamber Cigar Divan

Although it is not strictly speaking a private club, the Red Chamber Cigar Divan deserves to appear in this selection. This chamber will delight cigar and brandy lovers: large Club armchairs, a refined decoration at the crossroad of Asia and Western influences, and a selection of the finest cigars and liquors.

Beautiful smoking room





Hong Kong Royal Yacht Club

Originally situated on an island in the middle of Victoria Bay, the Yacht Club has been progressively reattached to the coast but is still floating on the sea. The commanding view of the Bay and the Titanic-like decoration give the impression to board a prestigious cruising ship. An anchorage which brings together sailing and sea lovers from all over the globe.


Yacht Club Bar
Photo Credit: Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club


FCC

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club is not reserved to the sole reporters and journalists anymore but it is still bustling with effervescence and the press photos covering the walls recall some of the most memorable moments of the recent past. A place steeped in history which remains full of energy.

Photo Credit: FCC



  • Kee Club, 32 Wellington St, Central, (+852) 2810 9000.
  • China Club, 12/F, The Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central, (+852) 2521 8888.
  • Red Chamber Cigar Divan, Shop 405-406A, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, (+852) 2165 6630.
  • Yacht Club, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2832 2817.
  • FCC, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central, (+852) 2521 1511.



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