luka

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Production Designer Michael Riva mandated a Malibu cliffside home in the vein of John Lautner’s really organic cast concrete & glass homes. The first designs were for set extensions of existing homes, but nothing we scouted looked like a billionaire’s home. A few multi-millionaires homes but…
So I came up with this design and perched it in the most decadent location I could think of, right on top of Point Dume, a California State Park. Who else but a billionaire could get those building permits?
The garage under the cantilevered livingroom I really liked, looking out over the ocean between the buttresses. Since that’s where Tony really lives, it should still have a nice view. The actual garage set is three times the size of the livingroom and would never fit in that space below, but thanks to the magic of movie geography, it’s never apparent.

Meanwhile, the inside of the house is as fictional as the outside. The interior of Stark’s home was built on a Los Angeles area soundstage, as is Stark’s impressive workshop, where he tinkers with his creations, including the Iron Man suit. The workshop is a direct contrast to the rest of the house, which is “stark” and barely finished, without even a few mementos. The workshop is where the real action takes place.


We went through a lot of variations of set dressing, the floor was originally cut stone, the area within the cylindrical glass waterfall/ spiral staircase was originally an arboretum, and there were creeping vines on the balconies (which you can still see in the east view.) The staircase started out as glass, supported by cast aluminum cantelever arms of graded heights fanning out from the glass, but structurally it wasn’t feasable, so cast concrete steps similar to another Lautner house’s were substituted. It actually makes the center a little cleaner.
 

luka

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no im not insane! they are very very good films and anyone with an interest in the Art of Cinema is obliged to watch them but moreover anyone that has, as i have, a pasion for Interior Design must also watch them
 

IdleRich

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There was an adaptation of Decline and Fall by Waugh starring Jack White (pretty good actually) and there was this bit where they went to the millionaire woman's mansion.... a completely amazing art deco megalith in Wales maybe, I can never find it online but it was unbelievable.
Was watching Poirot yesterday, slightly different but I love the locations (and clothes and decorations) in that too - more so than the mysteries if I'm honest.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
This is where Goldfinger lived in James Bond

 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Good film - ending a bit silly, also didn't realise there would be so much eye-watering dick nailage. Haven't thought about Tontons Macoute since reading Graham Greene - The Comedians as a whippersnapper.
 
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