The pleasure of furnishing – 10 design products from the trilogy of 50 Shades


Have you ever watched a film, a few years ago or recently, and be enchanted by the scenographic care of the rooms or the furnishings of some interiors? In the cinematographic staging, even the architecture and the spaces must be studied in order to make the film credible and with high quality standards. In the films often appear historical icons of design, inserted in particular contexts, with the aim of stimulating the attention of the fans. In the movie 007 – A cascade of diamonds, for example, in some shots it is possible to see the Arco lamp by Achille Castiglioni.


You will also have imagined a chair, a sofa or any other piece seen in a movie, in your interior. Furniture in films often also has a symbolic function, not just a scenic one. That’s why today I want to talk about the furnishing of a successful film adaptation. Whether you’re a fan or not, I’m referring to the trilogy of 50 Shades from E.L. James with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. I will not jump on a critical judgment (it is not my job and this is not even the type of film I prefer), but I want to show you ten fantastic design products that appear in the three films (50 Shades of Grey, Darker and Freed) and that will stimulate your pleasure of furnishing.

The Sequoia table by Brabbu is – as the Portuguese house quotes on the official website – a force of nature. It takes its name from the homonymous tree, among the largest and highest in the world. Does this ostentatious egocentrism remind you of someone?

Sequoia table by Brabbu

Every love story has its own particular light, that between Christian and Ana is illuminated by the warmth of different lamps, placed in key points of the apartment. Due Vellum, Brabbu wall light lamps in aged brass and Nero Marquina marble, are positioned in the entry way on the first floor.

Vellum light by Brabbu

Not far from two other lamps by Delightfull, Ike (here the strict Nordic style meets a taste a bit ‘of the south) and Turner (yes, inspired by the singer of Simply the best!). Designed to illuminate large rooms with diffused light, Nemo’s Crown Major, the chandelier (two in total) that illuminates the dining area.

Ike lamp by Delightfull
Turner lamp by Delightfull
Crown Major lamp by Nemo

Space also for an icon of Vitra, La Chaise designed for a competition held by the MoMA in New York in 1948 by Charles and Ray Eames. The masterpiece of the two American designers is in Mr Grey’s room, right in front of the panoramic view from his bedroom.

La Chaise by Vitra

There are also sophisticated calls to music with Boca Do Lobo’s Symphony, the sideboard inspired by the tubes of church organs and the violin’s curves, not surprisingly placed near the piano (remember the scene in 50 Shades of Grey?)

Symphony sideboard by Boca Do Lobo

Unlimited versatility and flexibility for the G-sofa, the Limitless Calgary fully modular sofa that adapts to the sinuous curves of the bodies. G … sofa, if you know what I mean!

G-Sofa by Limitless Calgary

Sebastian Herkner’s Bell table is a sculptural presence in Ana’s wardrobe room. Each Bell is made by hand, which makes them all unique.

Moving into the dining area, the wraparound shapes of Minotti’s Aston chairs, with their padded structure resting on tapered legs in solid ash wood, are the masterpieces.

Aston Dining chair by Minotti

Nothing has been left to chance, everything within this domestic microcosm seems to encourage pleasure. The protagonist’s personality seems to emerge in the luxurious and elegant style. The scenographers have been able to transpose the essence of the plot into the spaces, giving voice and importance to the corners of the house that are less fundamental in the economy of narrative events.


These are the 10 design products that I preferred in the apartment of the couple Grey & Steele, if you want to take a look at all the spaces, including the red room, I refer you to the official site, where you can “walk” between the rooms and open a few doors.

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