When Wes Anderson is writing, he keeps a notebook of ideas for sets, props and clothes which he then incoporates into his scripts. “In the past,” Anderson says, “I have occasionally forgotten some of m y favorite ideas until it was too late—for example, after the movie is out on video.” In order to prevent this from happing on The Royal Tenenbaums (which Anderson admits, “contains more perhaps unnecessary visual detail than both of my previous films combined…”), he commissioned his brother, Eric, to create drawings from his notebooks. Wes used these drawings to convey his artistic vision for The Royal Tenenbaums to his production crew. The director notes, “…Eventually, [Eric’s] illustrations became standard equipment on the walls of the production offices and art department in the the notebooks of everyone on the crew—a sort of manual."
I include here Eric’s sketch of Margot Tenenbaum’s room. I swooned when I saw that amazing Scalamandré wallpaper drawn out! I swear, Wes Anderson could be one of the most successful interior designers of our time should he set out to do so.