The Originals: Inside Lucien's Penthouse
The Living Area
Originals production designer, Bill Eigenbrodt, gives EW some details on one of the show's newest — and fanciest – set: Lucien's penthouse. "This is the view of the Penthouse from its entrance, the style is modern Art Deco," Eigenbrodt said. "The elaborate ceiling emulates a compass and points to the four corners of the world, Lucien is a world-traveled vampire looking to establish himself in New Orleans. That is why he has chosen a home with a commanding view of the French Quarter."
Standing in the penthouse, this is the view of the entryway, where the elevator drops guests off.
Sitting in Lucien's lobby, these bas-relief panels flank the entrance to the penthouse, according to Eigenbrodt. Furthermore, he revealed that they're "expertly sculpted by our in house sculptor Jim Van Houten."
The Front Doors
Despite the fact that Lucien's penthouse takes up an entire floor, it has only one entrance. As Eigenbrodt said, "This is the portal to the penthouse. The bas-relief on the doors suggest the portent of what lies beyond them."
Originals prop master, Dort Clark, breaks down how the show crafts a witch's table: "We use a lot of bones and sage in our witchy world. On this particular table, you will notice some very unique bottles. These are Egyptian perfume bottles. Along with some rooster claws, you throw in some bones, dragon's blood incense (in the baggie), feathers, a splash of crystals and voila — a 'witchy table.'"
The best part of Lucien's digs is arguably the view, which looks over the home of the Mikaelsons and into New Orleans' French Quarter.
The reasoning behind Lucien's bar? Pretty much exactly what you think. "As per nearly every set on The Originals, there is a bar. Our vampires always seem to have a thirst," Eigenbrodt said.
According to Eichenbrodt, Lucien's bedroom also fits with the penthouse's deco style, this time complete with hidden doors.
Lucien's desk, featuring a magnifying glass — something you see a lot of in Lucien's apartment — is another way that set decorator Carol Bayne Kelley tried to portray the "eclectic and worldly tastes of our vampires," Eichenbrodt said.
Both bedrooms in Lucien's apartment feature this deco talisman above the doors, along with columns on either side.
According to Eigenbrodt, this is supposed to be one of Klaus' paintings.