I started watching BBC’s Sherlock in medias res – in the middle of things. I got the second season on DVD and was immediately hooked.
Now I can honestly say that “I am Sherlocked” – although it’s not only because of Benedict Cumberbatch. I’m impressed by the way Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories are reinvented in this Neo-Victorian fashion. On the one hand, it’s all set in contemporary London, on the other – you can still smell the opium in Sherlock’s flat.
Trivia: Doctor Gregory House (House M.D.) is loosely based on Sherlock Holmes.
For those fans who have been waiting impatiently for season four, BBC prepared a Christmas gift – an extra episode set in Victorian England. In fact, The Abominable Bride (watch trailer here) is a hopscotch between two timelines – 19th century and the ending of season 3. It makes you feel lost at times. Some ideas are too far-fetched. It’s not the best episode in the series, but the costumes and the setting are simply stunning.
I was focused on details, such as the wallpaper in Sherlock’s flat or his navy blue velvet robe.
I thought that the easiest way would be to show you here some model Victorian interior. But I don’t choose the easiest paths, as you know. Since the series is Neo-Victorian, I thought: “What if Sherlock was a modern detective with a very old soul? Where would he live? How would he furnish his flat?” The answer was: Stockholm, Sweden (where all the best contemporary crime stories come from).
This time, I have even prepared a moodboard with some “modernised” Sherlock inspirations (click on the image to zoom):
And here are some more eclectic finds for you, inspired by this beautiful Swedish penthouse and The Abominable Bride:
“Eclectic” is exactly the word I would use to describe Sherlock’s mind. I wonder in which style he would decorate his “mind palaces”…
Have a great rest of the week.