Sherlock Holmes Movie Set Design

Posted January 22, 2010 by Christina



So I have become a little obsessed with set design after all of the great information I found out about the "It's Complicated" set I wanted to see what everyone is up to! Though I have not had the pleasure of seeing Sherlock Holmes I did watch a little behind the scenes about it and it looks amazing. The sets are complex and beautifully colored allowing the characters to really shine.



Much of the movie was filmed on location in the UK, locations included Brompton Cemetery, Fulham Road, West Brompton, and London just to name a few. But many of the interior scenes were filmed in New York. Sara Greenwood was in charge of the Production Design, she "is a two-time Academy Award®-nominated production designer, earning both nods for her work with director Joe Wright on his acclaimed period films "Pride & Prejudice" and 'Atonement.' ".









The movie reflected her vision of the 1890's London world of Sherlock Holmes. "The team created one of the most important sets in the interior of Holmes's rooms at 221B Baker Street, within a flat he shares with Watson and their landlady, Mrs. Hudson, played by Geraldine James. "It's Mrs. Hudson's room, decorated maybe twenty, thirty years ago, so it's become slightly tatty since Holmes moved in," Greenwood describes. "It's not a conventional Victorian parlor at all; it's the antithesis of that. Holmes has come in and has completely messed it up."

Period furniture, drapery and a multitude of items found in flea markets, antique stores and rental houses were shipped from England to New York to decorate the inside of the Baker Street residence. "We brought all of the props here from England because British Victorian is very different from American Victorian," set decorator Katie Spencer says. "It has a certain style and is very hard to get."

In its clutter and chaos the apartment reveals both Conan Doyle's depiction of Holmes's disorganized personal habits and the detective's brilliant, complex mind. "Everything is supposed to represent his journeys, his travels, his inquisitive nature into the human condition and the human anatomy, chemistry, and photography...frankly, anything that's worthy of Holmes's interest," explains Ritchie.

Dog-eared books, newspapers, paintings from the Near East, unpaid bills, maps of Britain, anatomical drawings, Oriental carpets and a tiger skin rug, and half-eaten food from forgotten meals, not to mention Watson's rather tolerant dog, Gladstone, can all be found in Holmes's living quarters. In keeping with his profession, there are also wigs, mustaches and false noses for disguises, and a padded post for Holmes's martial arts practice."




With so many different sets great detail was given to each. One such set is a "makeshift laboratory where Blackwood's operative, Luke Reordan, played by Oran Gurel, conducts ingenious but mystifying experiments. A building in London's Spitalfields was transformed into a physical representation of Reordan's tortured mind, with scrawled notes and biblical Latin and Hebrew notations pinned to the wall, crucifixes and pagan charms hanging from the ceiling, and dissected frogs and rats littering the surfaces.

"There's a method to the chaos of Reordan's lab, but it takes someone like Holmes to figure it out," says Greenwood. "I didn't want the lab to look too fantastical, like something from Jules Verne. It was about making sure everything looked real."


















What an amazing job to have!

images and quotes via movieset.com, pop.com and Sherlock Holmes facebook page.

8 Comments

ColtonSteigerwald0314

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today..........................

Fri Oct 17 13:28:20 2014

n4c4c4

I loved the movie! Especially the white tiger rug. Now I think I will have to recreate a PETA friendly white tiger rug. I paint my zebra rugs on painter’s canvus ala floor cloth, but so much more. I understand you’re being draw to this movie. As soon as I saw the first photo I said to myself, “Oh yes, this is so Griege!”
Nora

Fri Oct 17 13:28:20 2014

Mariah

SERIOUS EYE CANDY. AND THE GUYS AREN’T SO BAD EITHER.

Fri Oct 17 13:28:19 2014

Velvet and Linen

I loved this movie. Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and those amazing sets! I thought I died and I went eye candy heaven!

xo
Brooke

Fri Oct 17 13:28:19 2014

Geisslein

oh my Robert Downey jun. is to die for ;o)

Fri Oct 17 13:28:19 2014

nkp

You must, must, must see this film! It’s amazing not only visually, but the storyline will hook you from start to finish. I’m definitely watching it again. The first time I took my boys and was wowed by the wonderful acting and nonstop action. This time I want to take in all the gorgeous details. And that first image you posted is really exquisite to see in the film. Those deep crimson roses and her spectacular fushia silk bustle set against the grimy, grey, crowded streets of London are amazing!

Great post!

Fri Oct 17 13:28:19 2014

Victoria's Curio

I want the tea set!

Fri Oct 17 13:28:18 2014

Annie

Does anyone know the name of the painting that’s behind him in the 5th picture down?

Fri Oct 17 13:28:18 2014


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