A look at the Oscar winning props from 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
Wes Anderson's imagination brought to life
Translating the inner workings of Wes Anderson's imagination into real life objects cannot be an easy task. Just ask Annie Atkins, who lead the production design team of Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. Atkins won the Oscar for 'Best Production Design' for her work on the film, in which she created all of the flags, banknotes, passports, and street signs for the invented Alpine state called the Empire of Zubrowka where the story is set.
"It's impossible to imagine graphics like these. You have to do your research and you'll find treasures that you couldn't even have begun to sit down and draw until you saw them in front of your eyes," explains Atkins. "Every piece I made began with showing Wes a collection of real examples from the period. We looked at hundreds of pieces of design from Eastern Europe at the beginning of the last century as reference."
Armed with an extensive arsenal of archive images, including an old road sign she spotted in Cairo, she set about the painstaking task of creating bespoke typesets for the hotel's stationary and signage. She also had to hand set and design a newspaper layout for the fictitious 'Trans Alpine Yodel.'
Take a closer look at some of the stunning props created by Annie Atkins and her team which includes; Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock, below: