Tour the Most Stylish Film Studio in The Business
Designing the office spaces of a movie studio isn’t something a designer gets to do everyday so when Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl of design firm LIFE.STYLE were approached by The Culver Studios to reimagine their space, the creativity flowed. The studio behind such classics as Gone with the Wind, E.T., Rocky, Legally Blonde, King Kong, Kill Bill, and more, the space needed to be stylish and chic, but also reference it’s old-Hollywood roots. “The goal behind the redesign of The Culver Studios' offices was to remind people where they were and of what had been accomplished in this space, but doing it more subtly than with movie posters,” the designers say. “We wanted to be creative in how we reminded people of their hard work.” Keep scrolling to see the resulting stylish space!
An exaggerated faceted wood and copper wall that’s visible as soon as you walk into the space became the jumping off point for the larger design. “We then kept the repeated theme of faceted and geometric shapes throughout the space and the custom-designed furniture,” the designers say.
“We thought the juxtaposition between the hard angles in our designs and the light colour wood would create warmth in a space that started out as a very open and bare environment,” Zwickl says. “The added metallic elements help soften the space.”
Though the firm was used to working on commercial spaces, a functioning office presented unique challenges. “Considering it is a functioning office with full-time employees, 90% of the installation process had to be done after hours and over multiple weekends,” Wollack says. “We had to bribe a lot of our vendors to work on the weekends!”
In the kitchen area, copper-coloured mirror tiles make for a striking backsplash. “Copper is a design element we knew we wanted throughout so we made sure it was portrayed in each part of the space and these tiles were perfect,” Zwickl says.
Bespoke director’s chairs in the lobby area are a playful nod to old Hollywood.
A side table made from old scripts and protected by a Lucite top adds a unique element to the waiting area.
Custom wallpaper in a conference room features old photos from the lot and pages from scripts of movies shot at the studio.
Graffiti artist Stephen Palladino fulfilled LIFE.STYLE’s vision of filling the space with characters from notable productions at Culver Studios. “Instead of doing just traditional caricatures, we wanted to funk up the characters from a street artist’s perspective,” the designers say.
A bike hung in the lobby was personalised with the studio’s logo and also references E.T. which was shot on the lot.
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