Posts tagged ‘black swan’

February 25, 2011

Design: Jimmie Martin

Maybe it is the impending Academy Awards that has me seeing “Black Swan,” “The Social Network,” and “The King’s Speech” references in places where they don’t necessarily belong, let alone in furniture design.

But something about the furniture of the English duo Jimmie Martin, usually referred to as “rock and roll” in style, feels cinematic to me, at the very least evoking the graphic design of movie posters. But this year, especially when scrawling figured so prominently in both “Black Swan” and “The Social Network,” and when perfection and communication were dominant themes, their work  seems ripe for reflection.


.Since 2004, Jimmie Martin has provided an eclectic showcase of one-of pieces of furniture combining the decadent and quirky with the nostalgic and urban. All pieces are individually finished off to either the customer’s personal taste, or to the ideas of the founders, Jimmie and Martin.

One of a kind and custom pieces available through Kara Mann Showroom in Chicago.

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January 27, 2011

The Costumes of “Black Swan”

Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters behind the fashion label Rodarte, handmade the ballet costumes worn by Natalie Portman, including the crown featured in the posters for the film.


Watch how they helped create the look of the film  here.

And if you’ve ever done your job and had someone else hog all the credit for it, you may want to read the Clothes on Film blog interview with Amy Westcott, the film’s costume designer. I highly recommend it.