The wall that stole my heart! Lionel Logue's treatment office.
Concept sketch by production designer Eve Stewart.
Lionel Logue played by Geoffrey Rush.
Logue's office at the end of the movie. The rich metallic prints indicate Logue moving up in status.
King George VI played by Colin Firth. Intimately draped velvety patterns frame the moment of triumph.
Queen Elizabeth played by Helena Bonham Carter.
What kind of set designer would I be if I did not make my pre-Oscar prediction for best Art Direction of 2010? Drum roll please…and the winner is…production designer Eve Stewart and set decorator Judy Farr for The Kings Speech! I’m sure the world over has seen this magnificent film by now, just in case you were swallowed up in the trenches of life, here is a visual summary. Elegant textures of dilapidation and grandly scaled bold period print wallpapers were created with a minimal budget and an eye for seeing beauty where others saw decay. Stewart’s concept sketch below was drafted moments after visiting 33 Portland Place, the location used for shooting the royal residences of George VI (Colin Firth) and the home of his therapist and friend, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Stewart mimicked existing wall conditions in the room to be used as Logue’s treatment office; peeling wallpaper, water damage and burnt surface areas visually sparked inspiration in the designer. A girl after my own heart! In my world, grime and demolition material are sets waiting to happen. Collaborating with set decorator Judy Farr, Stewart had the textures replicated throughout the room and the impact was powerful. As Logue’s office wall filled up the big screen I gasped aloud; its not romance that makes me swoon but set design! Well done ladies, I’m rooting for you!