Stephanie Q. Bowen
Toni Barton & James C. Feng
In the latest Netflix instalment of Marvel superheroes Dany Rand (Finn Jones), the Iron Fist, returns to claim his birth right - his father’s majority shareholding in the Rand company. Dany soon realises this isn’t as straight forward as he hoped, old familial bonds and the shadowy Hand organization are obstacles he must overcome. Beyond the storyline, we see some of the same names in the Art Department that we saw in Jessica Jones, Daredevil and Luke Cage who provide us with a fresh but still familiar feel. Once again, we are treated to sleek high-end corporate offices and luxurious homes and apartments. These locations powerfully portray the wealth that Dany has returned to yet they also portray the lifestyle that he must forsake if he is to follow his destiny.Read more »
The main set of Iron Fist is the offices of Rand Enterprise which are a treat to look at. Danny’s office expresses a certain unoccupied air which he never seems to fill. This is juxtaposed by both Joy and Ward’s offices’ which capture the essence of their character very well. Joy’s office is sophisticated and welcoming though it hides an underlying edge we know she possesses. Ward’s office is less subtle with a rich executive feel that conveys the power that he enjoys wielding. The lobby, with its industrial wallpaper and central curved-glass conference room, ties this exquisite set together.
And now for some trivia... Danny and Ward’s offices have the same office chair!Read more
Harold’s “Art Deco Apartment” as coined by Joy is the secondary set location in Iron Fist. It’s a cavernous space that has archways instead of doors. Space, such as the dining area, is divided by elevation rather than walls. The artwork and furnishings are rich and sumptuous but this is of no concern to Harold beyond the image they portray – Power. The apartment is reminiscent of a Christian church yet the home gym, office and terrarium turn into a lived-in space. The outside world exists only through the narrow high-rise windows and the surveillance technology Harold relies on. This set fits Harold’s story arc really well and its a credit to the work of the Art Department.Read more
One of the most beautiful aspects of the set of Iron Fist is the chess board styled lobby in Harold’s Art Deco apartment. As we see Ward pass over its black and white squared pattern we can’t help but be drawn into seeing the machinations of Harold at play. Along with the dim lighting this lobby sets the stage for this troubled father-son relationship that is full of distrust and manipulation. While the art department added so much to this show - this shot is probably our favorite. Each character we saw walk down this chequered way surely lived to regret meeting the new but not so improved Harold.Read more
Iron Fist is the fourth Netflix-Marvel instalment, or fifth if you include the second Daredevil season. The Art Department’s set decoration, production design and art direction crew has included many of the same names throughout each instalment. So if you like the look of Iron Fist we’d recommend checking out our pages for Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.Read more
Scene image credit to Marvel Television/Devilina Productions/ABC Studios/Netflix/Marvel Entertainment/Walt Disney Television
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