Sofia Coppola On Finally Making a New York City Movie With On the Rocks – Architectural Digest

Of course, Felix’s and Laura’s apartments were just as important as their haunts. For his place, a picture from an old magazine of a “’70s kind of modern interior in France that mixed old and new” provided inspiration, says set decorator Amy Beth Silver. She outfitted his office with a leopard print chair from Liz O’Brien, lamps from Foscarini and Jacques Adnet, Italian antique brass and glass nesting tables, and rosewood love seats by Milo Baughman.

“We wanted Laura’s apartment to not be a prescribed interior and we wanted to have some antiques, some new pieces, and some things from IKEA and CB2. So it was eclectic while still sort of simple and modern and lived-in,” says Silver.

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Laura and Dean’s apartment was shot using multiple locations in Manhattan and Bushwick, Brooklyn, plus a stage build. Ross says she, Coppola, and Silver, decided that although it is never stated, part of Laura’s backstory is that her father probably helped her buy her apartment. “Laura is one of those few working artist in NYC who can live in such a comfortable fashion. We envisioned her as a person with a good eye for design, raised by people in the arts. The walls are covered with art we thought of as coming from Felix, which means he is, in a way, always present,” says Ross. Her art collection includes work by Ellen Gallagher, Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Jennie C. Jones, Leslie Hewitt, Julia Rommel, John Wigmore, and Irving Penn. Pieces from Kartell, USM, Prouvé, Bensen, Harvey Prober, Herman Miller, Umbo, and David Weeks; vintage Italian dining chairs from Arper; and Flos and Noguchi lighting fixtures round out the furnishings there.

“The mix of furniture and color was meant to create the feeling that the apartment that was furnished over time, rather than planned by a decorator. The apartment is covered in books, Laura’s work, and with the general chaos typical of families with young children,” says Ross.

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Coppola says she finds setting to be “such an important part of all films.” But with this one, she has added something to her résumé that is near and dear to her. “You try to create a world for the audience to go to. I wanted to do a film in New York because I live here, and also for the glamour of this city and tradition of movies set in Manhattan.”