Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Gekko Lair

One of the most iconic film figures of the eighties, Gordon Gekko (brilliantly played by Michael Douglas) was the quintessential master of the universe in the original Wall Street, living in a world filled with power lunches, limos, money is no object and illegal insider trading. With his "greed is good" mantra, Gekko became the personification of an era run amok. And audiences loved it.

Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Michael Douglas
He's back this week in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Twentieth Century Fox) fresh from a twenty year stint in prison and facing an all too real collapse of the financial system. Gekko sets out to repair his relationship with his daughter (Carey Mulligan) while tutoring his protege who just happens to be her fiance (Shia LaBeouf).  I am seeing an advance director screening this week (opens in theaters on Friday)  and hope it lives up to the original.

As a design enthusiast, I enjoyed the original Wall Street as it was filled with all sorts of wonderful "deconstructionist chic" (a term coined by director Oliver Stone) that we saw in character Bud Fox's (Charlie Sheen) hi-rise apartment. Production designer Stephen Hendrickson (who is currently designing the hit show The Good Wife) employed coffee tables with jagged glass, faux brick with touches of gilt and contemporary artwork all selected by interior decorator Darien (Darryl Hannah) and ready for a House and Garden spread.

Eighties Deconstructionist Chic 

Hendrickson's designs for Gekko's Wall Street office
This time around we see Gordon Gekko's new Manhattan lair and it's quite wonderful, understated, modern, clean and non-pretentious.  Kristi Zea and Diane Lederman (production designer and set decorator respectively) used a neutral color palette of taupe and creme, accented with a few choice pieces of artwork and sculpture and still makes a power statement for Gekko. You have seen Kristi's work on such diverse films as Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Departed and Silence of the Lambs while Diane's sets grace the films Remember Me and When in Rome.

Mulligan and LaBeouf's apartment
Photo credits: Twentieth Century Fox, Stephen Hendrickson
Barry Wetcher photographer on Money Never Sleeps

For those of you who enjoyed my piece on Edith Head last week, be sure to catch Silver Screen Modiste this week as Edie will be celebrated in  the theater! Also check out my friend and design editor of Veranda Linda Sherbert's piece on Edith here.


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  3. What a great piece...We just saw Wall Street 2, and of course couldn't help focusing on the interiors, while thinking back to the original Wall Street and those interiors....And who could forget Daryl Hannah's cringe-worth "I want to do for furniture what Laura Ashley has done for fabric," line from the original film!
    Thanks again,

  4. Jennifer and Austin -Next to "Greed is Good" the line about Laura Ashley is my favorite!

  5. In an earlier age, Gekko's lair would have been kitted out with a chess set, to indicate what a manipulative mastermind he is. Oh, elegance of bygone days...

  6. Do you know where the chairs in the living room from wall street 2 are from?

  7. The film's set decorator said they were one of a kind vintage chairs from Downtown at Claremont in NYC and recovered.

  8. Thanks Cathy...know where I can find anything similar?

  9. Have you checked Mitchell Gold? All Will keep it in mind.

  10. In wall street 2 there is a photo of a bison on the wall in one of the office scenes. The artist is Simen Johan but I can't find anybody selling his work. I would love to own that picture.