Sunday, September 23, 2007

The internet takes me from Wes Anderson to Kate Spade's Bathroom in no time flat

I am so thrilled to learn that a new Wes Anderson movie will be released while Eric and I are back in the States. (Last night we were so desperate for a nice date that we made the mistake of going out to see "No Reservations" which was just horrifyingly bad. What was it trying to be? Romantic comedy? Drama? Foodie Movie? Chick Flick?? It tried to be so much and failed at everything. But I digress.)The point is that Wes Anderson has a new movie coming out called "The Darjeeling Limited" and Eric and I will definitely be there on opening night.

All this reminded me again of the visual style that was so striking and fresh in "The Royal Tennenbaums". (I've said before, it reminds me of the way a child thinks the grown up world looks, like a stage set.)In particular, I remember noticing the gorgeous red wallpaper covered with dancing zebras in Margot Tennenbaum's room. See if it jumps out at you like it did for me in this clip.I've tried before to find the source of this wallpaper, but only come up with hideous rooms done up head to toe in zebra stripe, usually from the Sears cataloge.

So,I put Eric on the case, and he found the inside scoop for me, wonderful internet scourer that he is. Turns out the paper was made exclusively for a restaurant called Gino's in New York City in the 40's and was reissued by the maker Scalama recently.



(Kate Spade, whose ad campaigns have always reminded me of Wes Anderson's movies, come to think of it, has this paper in green hanging in her bathroom.) So its safe to say this paper is out of my price range, but its nice to know a little something about it. Scalama makes stunning reproductions of antique papers as well as introducing chic new designs. This article gives a little peek into their workshop. Someday, I'll have this paper somewhere in my house, mark my words. Beautiful!

2 comments:

David said...

You might want to check out "Hotel Chevalier". This is a Wes Anderson short that's free on i-tunes.

Miss B said...

Thanks Dave! I can get my Wes Anderson fix straight away...

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