20 April 2011

Film Interiors: Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium



When Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium first came out, I assumed it was just for kids and didn't make any effort to see it. One day I caught part of it on cable and ended up putting the DVD on my queue because it so captured my interest. The film is a visual feast. The toy store at the center of the narrative is exactly what its name implies--bursting with wonders both new and vintage. Mr. Magorium's apartment above the shop is equally charming--full of quirky curiosities and jewel-tone colors on the walls and furnishings, not to mention a pet zebra.  Molly, played by Natalie Portman, also lives in a space rich in color and the pleasant clutter of one-of-a-kind furniture. Besides being a gorgeous film to watch, the story itself is lovely and life-affirming. Mr. Magorium utters one of my favorite movie quotes to a struggling Molly: Life is an occasion. Rise to it. 

No living room is complete without a life-size toy soldier.

Beyond the zebra, tangerine curtains and quirky silhouettes in oval frames.

Love the high-backed armchair with a cityscape design on the fabric and the miniature Tiffany lamps lining the table.

Industrial molds and newspaper-wrapped chairs are stacked precariously.

The kitchen has one blue wall, one purple one and emerald green plates displayed on a shelf. The look is pulled together by two jewel-toned glass chandeliers.

My eye goes to the turquoise walls, the lamp with a coral shade and the parasol.


Architectural posts with stained-glass windows between them make unique room dividers.


Etsy is full of creative options that channel the magic of Mr. Magorium's world. A bold coat of paint makes the perfect companion to some of these pieces.

Horse silhouette from Flea Market Trixie.


Armchairs from Name Design Studio.


Newspaper Dress Form from Corset Laced Mannequin.


Mid-century Mod Lamp from Arty Czechs.


Japanese parasol from Poppeacock Vintage.


Stained glass window from Silence DoGood's.

Movie Images: Walden Media.

1 comment:

patrikecrafty said...

Love this movie for it's set. A much enjoyable watch of the extras for sure. I had this movie on repeat the last year of architecture school.

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