02 June 2008

sex and maison21

ok, after reading that title, did you really think m21 was going to discuss his sex life with you? puhleeeze- he would never bore you with that! 'cuz that would be for reals boring. *cue sound of crickets chirping*

what maison21 is referring to, is his recent featured role in the "sex and the city" movie.

what? you didn't see maison21 on screen?

well, perhaps m21 exaggerated just a bit- he wasn't actually featured in the movie, but a fabulous piece of decor he once owned was...

if you've seen the movie (and this isn't a spoiler, so it's safe to read on), there is a scene where carrie bradshaw (sjp) is in the office of her vogue editor (candice bergen), and in that office, on one of the purty dorothy draper chests, there is a stunning brass bust of an antelope with long murano glass horns. and that is the maison21 connection! that chic bust was once part of m21's very own decor! but as often happens, after loving it for a while (and he DID love it), m21 decided that it was time to switch the bust out for something new, and he auctioned it off on ebay. the sculpture was sold to a new york decorator, the very talented olivia song (check out her fab work on her website here). the sculpture didn't work for the client olivia intended it for, so she in turn traded it to one of new york city's finest vintage modern dealers, todd merrill, for something even more fabulous! (did you follow all that?) and maison21 is assuming that sometime after that, mr. merrill rented the sculpture out to the "sex and the city" production.
Image by Craig Blankenhorn/New Line Cinema ©2008 New Line Cinema from Traditional Home (via the silver screen surroundings blog)

now, admittedly, maison21 doesn't really know if this is the same bust, as he hasn't confirmed his story with the other parties, but as he's never seen another bust exactly like it, and actually remembers it very well 'cuz it was so freakin' stunning, so m21 is pretty confident in saying that he (or rather something he once owned, twice removed), played a prominent role in sex and the city, the movie! (compare the photos and judge for yourself).
btw, maison21 enjoyed the movie, and recommends it to any girl or gay man (who made up the entire audience at the arclight sunday matinee maison21 attended- not a straight dude in sight!). m21 started crying about 10 minutes in, and kept it up for the next 2 hours! (it wasn't that much of a tear jerker, it's just that m21 is a HUGE cry baby. he cries at anything- a cute baby, a hallmark commercial, a simpson's thanksgiving episode, a puppy- really, anything...). criticisms aimed at the movie are somewhat justified- it's a little too long (2 1/2 hours), the conspicuous consumption and materialism seem dated (the "it bag" is soooo 90's). maison21 also thought that they should have left carrie bradshaw's apartment alone- the redesign wasn't needed- i mean really, who would ever give up a t.h. robsjohn-gibbings chaise and coffee table? (well, maison21 guesses he would got rid of both, if he found something he liked more at the time, so i guess that negates that criticism). overall,the movie is a fun ride, and it's great to spend time with the girls again.

so if you haven't seen the satc movie yet, maison21 says go! and be sure to keep your eyeballs peeled for m21's former piece o' pretty in it's co-starring role!

update 6/12/08- it has been confirmed! maison21's former sculpture (thrice removed) was indeed the same sculpture sharing the screen with sarah jessica parker in the sex and the city movie. omg- m21 and sjp are total bff's 4ever!

27 comments:

Elizabeth said...

What a great story! That bust is stunning.

Linda Merrill said...

Wow, that IS a fun story! I hope it does turn out to be yours!

maison21 said...

thanks elizabeth- it really is a stunning piece, and i probably never should have sold it. oh well, my philosophy is that there is always something prettier around the corner!

and linda - THANK YOU for posting the satc pictures from trad home on your blog, so i didn't have to scan them myself!

mrlfvl said...

It is a beautiful and VERY cool piece, but just remember...if you hadn't sold it, then you may not have 6 degrees of separation from SATC. I mean, you and SJP are practically cousins now...I'd say it was worth it...I am such a celeb whore...xoxo

maison21 said...

meg- i couldn't agree with you more! i'd much rather tell the tale of it being in the sex and the city movie than have it squirreled away inside the maison21 atelier, where it would only be seen by myself, mona and richard (who would probably eventually have knocked it over anyways, which is literally one of the reasons i sold it).

and as i retell the story in the future, it will soon turn into sarah jessica parker personally selecting the sculpture to be in the movie and BEGGING me to sell it to her. :)

Suzy said...

How exciting! I can't wait to see it...

diana @ please sir said...

Wow - that is so weird!! Very cool though!

Topsy Turvy said...

You are truly a star! You should have been listed in the movie credits!

-Lana

Jennifer said...

I was totally mesmerized by that bust AND the chest during that scene! And really, it was one of the high points of the movie decor, because I was seriously put off by that hot mess of a redo of Carrie's apartment. Ack!

Fifi Flowers said...

I'm sorry I didn't notice the sculpture... I couldn't get over Candice's looks... I was glued to her face. I plan to see the movie again... this time I will try to focus on your starring role... I will not be in shock the second time around.

About Lauren... said...

I totally noticed your piece and I loooved her office, thanks for posting a picture!
-Lauren
p.s. I tagged you!

Charlotte Fairchild said...

I don't have television in the house, and I wasn't going to see the movie, but now that I have read your blog, I have to see the movie! Oh, and by the way, I absolutely love blue. It is a royal color. People overuse Earth tones so much that everyone's house either looks like a cabin or the Grand Canyon. Blue is the easiest color for people with color blindness to see, and yet look at how much red and green are out there! Christmas, egads!

maison21 said...

lauren-

thanks for the tag- i'm honored to play along, but it will take me awhile to get to the post. (do i have to post a photo?- i'm a bit camera shy) i mean how could i NOT play along- after being called the "funniest blogger ever? there is no way i could refuse- flattery will for sure get you everywhere with me!

charlotte-

i'm glad i inspired you to see the movie.
and i couldn't agree with you more about earthtones- sooooo boring (log cabin or grand canyon- too true!). beige on beige on beige just puts me to sleep. you will never find earthtones in a maison21 interior- i like bright, saturated color and lots of it!

susannah said...

So what you're telling me is that I know someone (okay, not really KNOW know but know as in read your blog, same diff) who once owned something from someone that was then sold to someone and then sold to someone else and then maybe probably sold again and then bought by someone who then put it next to SJP???!!??@ NO EFFING WAY!

I LOVE your blog. You are a celebrity in your own right, SJP or not, lucite horns or none at all.

Niki said...

No way! I totally noticed that sculpture. So much so...I have been thinking about it since I saw the movie. It's a great piece!

Jessica N. Condatore said...

I just did a post on carrie's apartment, then and now, but I was secretly wishing more people would talk about the fabulous Vogue office - when I saw the movie I staright-out noticed the draper cabinet and what turned out to be your bust! that is beyond cool. i included this post in my weekend roundup on my blog, you crack me up!

paola said...

I saw you - I mean it - in that scene! Totally mesmerising.

And I do, do, do like the blue of that background wall.

What a great story! (Though if it were me I would have kept the bust...)

maison21 said...

thanks to all who noticed my co-starring role, and kudos to susannah for funniest comment! it was such a "i have a friend who knows someone who's second cousin..." kind of post. next time i'll just embellish more, to cut out the middlemen, and turn my co-starring thrice removed role into star billing!

maison21 said...

jessica- thank you so much for the mention on your blog- just visited and it's great!

tula said...

hi maison! i just saw the movie last night (at the arclight) and i literally clapped with the antelope bust came on screen. so fabulous!!! bravo!

maison21 said...

thanks for the applause, tula! when i saw it i whisper/yelled to my friends "there it is" so loud, that heads in the row in front of us turned...

Lauren said...

I can't wait for your post about yourself! I am sure it will be well worth the wait!

(As you would say, I learned something new on the internets...I figured out how to not make it say "About Lauren" and just "Lauren").

The Paris Apartment said...

What a gorgeous piece! Sorry you parted with it bu at least it ended up in the right place. It's amazing when you to trace the travels of objects, they have such fascinating and quiet lives!

Petunia Face said...

(Changed my screen name and blog URL, long story, sad ending. This is Susannah here, aka Petunia Face...)
So I finally saw SATC and I don't even know what Candace Bergman was saying in that scene so enamored was I of the lucite horn and its connection to you, my "friend" who knows someone who sold something to someone thrice removed that then later touched the exhaled breath of SJP. Seriously. Your blog post was ridiculously funny but can you please tell me what Candace was doing in that scene?

maison21 said...

paris apartment- since you sell pretty things as well, you completely understand how ironic and touching it is to see the things you sold end up in the most unlikely of places!

thanks for visiting!

susannah, aka petunia face- candy was sjp's vogue editor on a couple episodes of the series, so her role was a reprise.

and i'm heartbroken to hear about your blog deletion- your post about your mother was one of the most amazing things i've ever read on a blog, so even if you no longer have it saved for posterity, please take comfort in knowing that it lives on in the memory of others.

maison21 said...

update to all- maison21's former sculpture, thrice removed, was indeed the same piece as in the movie. woo hoo- i'm almost famous!

marthalena said...

well you have to finish the story!!! how did you get it confirmed??

having seen the movie this weekend (after reading this post) i have to say that i would have noticed the sculpture anyway; it actually is on screen for a considerable amount time! i thought it was going to be a 'blink and you'll miss it' kinda thing but nooooooo .....there's maison 21's sculpture STARRING in a scene for a good, long time.