Today we’ll take you on a tour of Oliver Stone‘s Manhattan Apartment.
When you see “Directed by Oliver Stone” in the opening credits, you know that the movie you are about to watch will be unusual, uninhibited and unpredictable. And when you see “Designed by Geoffrey Bradfield” attached to a house or apartment, you know that you’ll be looking at rooms that are unusual, uninhibited and unpredictable. So it is not surprising that when the director and the designer met at a Manhattan dinner party, they discovered a shared sense of a distinctive and often daring style.
Bradfield was mesmerized by the exotic and sensuous sets of Alexander (2004), Stone’s epic rendition of the life of Alexander the Great. A three-time Oscar winner, Stone was equally admiring of Bradfield’s book, Geoffrey Bradfield Ex Arte, a 361-page compilation of his sumptuous house and apartment designs.
Though his primary residence is a canyon house in Los Angeles, Stone rented a two-bedroom apartment in New York while he was shooting the sequel to his 1987 hit Wall Street. (Released in September, the sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, brings back Michael Douglas in his Oscar-winning role as the master manipulator, Gordon Gekko.) After searching for a permanent home in Manhattan, Stone, a native New Yorker, finally bought the one in which he was already living. In a new building on the Hudson River, the apartment is on a low floor, eye level with the ever-changing life of the river, the constant movement of barges and liners.
Since the river, visible from all the rooms, dominates the view, Stone and the designers agreed that the apartment should have a maritime theme. A yacht on the Mediterranean was what Bradfield had in mind, and he laid down yachtlike floors of cherry throughout the apartment. For the living room, he designed a white rug, with swirls of royal blue that suggest loops of nautical ropes. That rope motif is repeated in living room cushions and shades and extends even to the bedroom and the headboard above Stone’s bed.
If one word had to describe the apartment, that word would be bold, from the confident rope swirls in the living room rug, to its bright blue and red chairs, to its huge painting inspired by Chinese communist propaganda that all but covers one wall. Even the white couch is oversize, so that Stone, who is six feet tall, can relax and watch movies on a large, flat-screen TV.
Stone gave Bradfield something as well—a role in his Wall Street sequel. Look for the designer in a scene at an Upper East Side charity event. His two words—”Bravo! Bravo!”—may not win him an Academy Award, but everybody has to start somewhere.