Our Grand Budapest Hotel Lookbook

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And the winner is… ?

The Grand Budapest Hotel recently took out Best Picture (Comedy or Musical) at the Golden Globes and, with no less than 9 nominations, it’s set to storm the Oscars in Feb. The latest brainchild from Wes Anderson, this is p’raps no surprise. The film is ridiculously delightful – a narrative marvel and a visual feast. It’s a treat from its opening credits to its denouement: decadent and delicious.

In fact when it was over we felt a kind of tristesse. So, we’ve created a lookbook showing how you can recreate a dash of Grand Budapest Hotel décor at home. We hope you like it!

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Wes Anderson is known for creating enchanting worlds. His films are whimsical and nuanced with a concentration on life’s minutiae. The beauty is in the detail.

“That’s the kind of movie that I like to make,” he says, “where there is an invented reality and the audience is going to go someplace where hopefully they’ve never been before. The details, that’s what the world is made of.”

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The Grand Budapest Hotel relishes the infinitesimal. Set during the interwar period in a resort hotel in Lutz, Zubrovka,* a fictional town somewhere in Eastern Europe, it follows legendary concierge Gustave H. in his plight to recover a priceless Renaissance painting – Boy with Apple – gifted to him by a rich benefactor, Madame D.


*Named after the vodka!

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Gustave H. is a devoted concierge. His service to his wealthy female clientele knows no bounds. Zero, his lobby boy and protégé, watches on as he attends their every need. As the plot thickens, Zero and his fiancée Agatha are drawn ever deeper into the intrigue.

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In its glory days, the hotel is the epitome of opulence. It positively radiates with Gustave H.’s charm. Anderson’s palette is mouth-watering. The hotel’s façade is powder-pink; its interiors, a luxe fusion of rose, red, purple, gold and cream.

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Filmed in the Gorlitzer Warenhaus, a former German department store, the interior architecture features Art Nouveau and Art Deco flourishes. It has an inspired symmetry and an irresistible elegance.

From striking chandeliers and ornate mirrors to sumptuous rugs and decorative furnishings, the style is daring and a little bit to-die-for.

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The film’s production designer Adam Stockhausen says of Anderson:

“He has the most amazing sense of colour. He knew from our first discussion that pink was going to be important, and then when my team came in and began the work in pink, we added gold and had all of these colours sitting next to each other.”

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This candy-coloured palette isn’t restricted to the GBH. Mint, baby-blue, powder-pink, and subdued slate make entrances throughout the film. Pairing pastels with bold colour pops creates statement style.

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An earthy neutral base and chintzy florals also feature strongly in the film. These rustic hues form a beautiful contrast to the strident regal colour palette of the main ballrooms, the concierge uniforms and the high-voltage pastels of Agatha’s baked creations.

They induce a sense of intimacy in the spaces they inhabit: the bed chambers, Agatha’s kitchen…

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Stockhausen touts the German artistic style Jugendstil (popular from the mid-1890s to the early 20th century) as the primary influence in the hotel’s decor.

Jugendstil is the German answer to Art Nouveau, arising at the same time. Art Nouveau attempted to create art (and design) in harmony with nature.

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Inspired by organic forms, both styles are characterised by curved lines – or decorative whiplash motifs – found in architecture, painting, sculpture, and the like.

In furniture, these dynamic, undulating and flowing lines contribute a syncopated rhythm within your décor. Classically elegant with a distinctive charisma, these striking pieces add understated grandeur to your home.

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Anderson says, “I just want to make films that are personal, but interesting to an audience. I feel I get criticized for style over substance, and for details that get in the way of the characters. But every decision I make is how to bring those characters forward.”

We’re with you, Wes. We love your style. It defines your narratives. Keep it coming! 🙂

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Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.