The King’s Speech Set Design

I mentioned earlier in the week that BC and I went to see The King’s Speech. If you enjoy period films, astonishingly fantastic acting, and captivating sets, you will love this movie – I certainly did! If you are BC you will appreciate all of the above but remark that the pace was too slow for your tastes and then you’ll receive dirty looks from me.

So about these captivating sets. There were two spaces that stood out. First off, Geoffrey Rush’s character, Lionel, has a home filled with these super funky wallpapers. They were a hoot, as was his character.

I found a similar fan motif vintage wallpaper on Ebay.

But the wallpapers in the movie reminded me of the reproduction wallpapers available in the Trustworth Wallpaper collection.Large repeating patterns, with a lot of oomph. Adelphi has more great historic reproduction wallpapers.

The other standout in the film’s set design was this crumbly old wall in Lionel’s office.

The room itself is almost a conservatory with a roof of windows and a large, cozy fireplace. But it’s this wall behind the patient’s couch that is really amazing. It has years of wallpaper and plaster chipping away but the result is a textured, dreamy collage. I can’t imagine anything so imperfect being so completely perfect. It made me think of the walls in some photos of abandoned spaces that I’ve been saving for such an occasion.

via Kingston Lounge

via San Francisco Girl by the Bay

via Scallop Holden Flickr

If you’re interested in the set design of The King’s Speech, I’d recommend reading this post by A Bloomsbury Life.

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  1. I’VE PUT OFF CLEANING MOLD, RUST AND DECAY FROM SOME OF MY ROOMS BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT LOOKED SO COOL, AND SEEING UR PIX HERE MAKES IT ALL ACCEPTIBLE. LET’S CALL IT “ART DECADENT” OR “HOME DECORATION WHILE LIVING UNDER THE BRIDGE”

  2. I completely agree. I was late on watching the movie but besides it being beautifully acted, the set designs are so damn eye catching, I could NOT take my eyes off of them. I too LOVED the Lionel’s office wall. The awesome English couch and beautiful dilapidated wall were perfect together.

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