Four-meter mahogany doors. In the lobby, the ceiling painting “Rape of Ganymede”. Broken time plastering walls. Massive columns with capitals. Crystal chandeliers, cast flickering shadows. What is it – a medieval castle? Not at all. This loft in the heart of New York’s Chelsea district.
Living behind the giant doors, in attics, Spartan King Leonidas, Phantom of the Opera, Attila, Beowulf and Dracula. In other words, Gerard Butler, actor, accustomed to play neryadovyh people in large-scale films. After these roles, he needed housing and appropriate. “I wanted to have my apartment was elegant, luxurious,” male “and a few weird – says the actor. – I would describe the interior style bohemian castle with Baroque elements. ”
Butler bought a loft, which occupies the sixth and seventh floors of the former warehouse building, a few years ago, when filming with Angelina Jolie in the second part of the “Lara Croft”. “I then looked at a lot of apartments, carefully asked the price – knew virtually any purchase ruin me. But I really wanted to have a house in New York – in the midst of the madness of the city “- he says. Realtor recommend Butler architect Alexander Gorlin. He gutted the room snesya all partitions and leaving only the supporting columns, and built to replace only one wall separating the space from the main room and the bedroom. Hiding so “intimate parts” apartments, Gorlin left all the windows open in the public area, no curtains.
Getting decorating, Butler met with many decorators. But their ideas seemed to him “banal and did not stir.” And then he met through mutual friends with Elvis Restayno – actually cinematic art director. Taking as a starting point to love Butler ragged walls, they are engaged in the development of the interior.
Restayno says that Butler’s apartment old architectural details combined with decorations – exactly as on the set. For example, inside the giant carved doors are hidden, like the filling in a sandwich, another one – the metal. The painting on the ceiling – not a fresco, a painting done on paper for Movie Posters. The ancient-looking walls and pillars – a multi-layered plaster and wood.
In the public part of the loft housed a dining area, living room, kitchen and home theater, where Butler “looks everything: drama, thrillers and militants.” The entry into the cinema marked by a wooden portal – beam resting on a pair of columns from India and decorated with antique lion’s head. “I wanted to still hang red curtain – dreamily says Butler – but still kept himself in hand.”
Butler almost always “on the road” – on the set or in a promo of his paintings. He has other habitats – home in Los Angeles, London apartment, and soon, according to rumors, there will be one – in Moscow. But the actor is trying to be in New York City as often as possible – the apartment, which he ugrohal four years, he was scared like: “Every time I open a huge door, looking at the crystal chandeliers, I think how lucky I was!” Luck had nothing to do with it. Butler is the creator of his own happiness. Like his favorite hero, The Phantom of the Opera, he himself “wrote” his refuge and implemented plans. The specter, however, lived in the basement, while the windows Butler Empire State Building. But should I live to give us something different from the